CEDIA Extends Accessibility for ECS Cards

Previously, only those who had a current Technical Certification were eligible for an ECS card, but this has now been extended to CEDIA’s Network and Designer qualifications as a recognised related discipline.

CEDIA® is now making it easier for CEDIA members to obtain an ECS Home Technology Integrator Card by extending availability through two additional CEDIA Certifications. Previously, only those who had a current Technical Certification were eligible for an ECS card, but this has now been extended to CEDIA's Network and Designer qualifications as a recognised related discipline.

"An ECS card is essential for anyone working in our industry for many reasons" comments Matt Nimmons, Managing Director, CEDIA EMEA. "It not only confirms that the cardholder meets the required level of health and safety awareness, but it also displays their industry qualification. The card is also a valid identification for gaining access to a construction site or customers' property. By expanding the card to cover the Networking and Designer certifications, we are hoping to facilitate site access to more industry professionals and further raise the public profile of CEDIA certifications."

The ECS Home Technology Integrator card was launched in 2013 after the Joint Industry Board (JIB) and CEDIA joined forces to formally recognise the skills of integrators in the UK. Fully affiliated to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) scheme, the ECS card is a simple and effective way to obtain access to construction sites and provide proof of identity and qualification levels. Integrators in possession of an ECS card can stand out from competitors and display their occupation and CEDIA Certification with pride, as well as verifying their awareness of on-site Health and Safety regulations.

CEDIA members can take their ECS assessment in CEDIA's training centre in St Neots. CEDIA's one-day Health & Safety course is designed to help integrators understand the required site competency skills, with clear guidance and documentation to protect installers, their business, and company employees on site. At the end of the course, delegates take a 30min ECS assessment. Anyone with a valid ECS health and safety assessment and a current CEDIA ECS-T, ESC-N, or ESC-D certification will then be eligible for the ECS Home Technology Integrator card available through CEDIA.

For those new to the industry, CEDIA has also introduced a one-year Trainee ECS card available for those going through CEDIA's Smart Home Technician or Smart Home Designer Tracks. To qualify for this card, integrators will need to Pass their ECS Health and Safety assessment.

To make it easier and more affordable for integrators to gain access to an ECS card, CEDIA has developed an exclusive package deal. For just £199, members can take any of CEDIA's Certification exams, the Health & Safety assessment, and receive the ECS card upon qualifying. For more information and to book a place on CEDIA's Certification exams or Health and Safety training course, please visit www.cediaeducation.com.

CEDIA is the global trade association and central touch point for 3,700 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. CEDIA founded the largest annual residential technology show, now in its 28th year, and co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Life Lived Best at Home. To learn more about CEDIA, visit www.cedia.net.

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