CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) has announced details of a two-day education event for the Italian residential custom installation sector which will take place on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October 2012 at the Devero Hotel, Milano.

The new event builds on a growing platform of successful industry training programmes which now take place across Region 1. Specifically designed for the Italian CI market, this residential event offers integrators access to both technical and business training to increase the level of knowledge and skills-base within the custom installation industry.

Available courses include: a Home Cinema Design Workshop; Developing Profitable Business Processes; The Art of Project Documentation; IP for Integrators; Structured Cabling Infrastructures and HDMI Distribution. Delegates will also have the opportunity to take the CEDIA EST 2 Certification examination in Italian.

On the evening of Wednesday 3rd October, CEDIA members are invited to attend a special VIP CEDIA networking event for the design professionals' community of architects, interiors designers and developers. This will feature an introduction to CEDIA and an insight into what the Association represents, followed by a short presentation 'Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes' and drinks reception.

Both presenters Geoff Meads, Presto AV and Matt Dodd, CEDIA's Education Chair, have a proven passion for interactive learning, and have worked closely with clients and learners to develop bespoke, creative and interactive training sessions. Geoff Meads is a technical trainer with experience in the Home Technology sector, and has taught for CEDIA for nearly a decade. Matt Dodd is CEDIA's Education Chair and Managing Director of UK systems integrator ThinkingBricks Ltd. All courses will be conducted in English with real-time Italian translation.

"We're offering a tailor-made range of courses to Italian designers and installers during an intensive, two-day schedule of education in Milano," says Matt Dodd, CEDIA's Education Chair. "This event will help grow the market in Italy, and increase the level of know-how and expertise as integrators seek to grow their business. I am delighted to have my CEDIA Education colleague, Geoff Meads, with me who will be sharing his knowledge with integrators in Milano."

Prices for courses range from €90 to €340 for CEDIA members and €120 to €480 for non-members. If you would like to benefit from subsidised course prices, join as a CEDIA member now and take advantage of CEDIA's reduced membership rates by emailing Michelle Ford, michelle@cedia.co.uk.

Also contact Michelle Ford for full details of sponsorship packages. Please note that there are limited sponsorship opportunities for manufacturers and distributors so please get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment.

For further details on the programme, course prices and to book a place on the event, please visit http://www.cediaeducation.com/calendar. Take advantage of an early bird discount by booking your place before the 7th September.

CEDIA is the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, an international trade organisation covering three continents, with a global membership of over 3,500 companies. Its members specialise in the planning, design, supply, installation, integration, concealment and control of automated electronic systems for the modern, intelligent home. This ranges from multi-room audio systems and home cinemas to complete home networks and sub-systems which intelligently control lighting, security, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and even garden facilities, such as lighting and watering. CEDIA's respected education programme is at the heart of the Association's work and the curriculum keeps installers and designers up-to-date with the latest techniques and knowledge in order to maintain the highest standards in the industry.


CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's Web site at www.cedia.org.

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