Employing a CEDIA Certified professional will no longer be a mandatory requirement for a UK company to gain or retain its membership.
As part of its global strategy and to ensure it remains fully representative of a fast changing industry, CEDIA (the Custom Design and Installation Association) has standardised membership requirements for the trade body worldwide.
With immediate effect, CEDIA Region 1 (UK, Europe, Russia and the CIS states, the Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan) has removed the category of "Provisional Membership", with provisional members transitioning automatically to the Electronic Systems Professional category.
Employing a CEDIA Certified professional will no longer be a mandatory requirement for a UK company to gain or retain its membership. This will bring the UK in line with the rest of Region 1 and CEDIA globally. Instead, CEDIA will broaden its education programme, making it more accessible. CEDIA has introduced key initiatives to help companies who employ certified staff to differentiate themselves from other members and will continue to reward those companies that undertake industry education.
"Last year CEDIA experienced the biggest membership growth yet within Region 1" says Wendy Griffiths, CEDIA's Executive Director. "This move will help continue that growth and make the benefits of membership more widely accessible especially access to improving skills. It will ensure that we remain an inclusive industry association and evolve to meet the needs of our members as a more diverse range of companies become involved in integrating technology in the home."
She adds, "In an increasingly fluid, global economy, having the same requirements for membership across all CEDIA Regions also makes perfect sense. This change will bring Region 1 in line with the rest of the world, and means that belonging to CEDIA is entirely straightforward, wherever an individual may live and work."
CEDIA will continue to run and promote its Certification programme worldwide, ensuring that proven education qualifications and skills are recognised and valued by individual professionals, member companies, and the industry. In a key differentiating initiative, all CEDIA member companies who employ a CEDIA certified professional will enjoy a premium listing within the CEDIA finder service on the new consumer-facing CEDIA website, www.cedia.org.
CEDIA is the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, an international trade organisation spanning 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. They can install anything 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, from lighting to watering.
For more information please visit www.cedia.co.uk.