Not all AV companies are Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) members. Like Residential Systems’ editor Jeremy Glowaki said, “CEDIA is the glue that binds this industry together.” As Mr. Glowaki pointed out, many ESCs believe the cost is too high, but many, like us, disagree.
CEDIA is open to four different types of electronics systems contractors: custom integrators, custom retailers, installers, and service providers. CEDIA customizes its offerings based on these different types of members.
CEDIA offers extensive educational opportunities, starting in the United States, and reaching into Canada and Latin America. CEDIA offers different avenues for training: specially targeted on-site courses at the annual CEDIA Expo, Boot Camp for installers, e-Learning, and Power Lunch webinars. Not to mention many white papers and other research articles.
One very important offering of CEDIA is the annual Expo—a tradeshow where members like UltraMedia gather to talk shop, take classes on technology and installation techniques, and do business with the hundreds of vendors that show up to display emerging technology.
CEDIA protects the interests of its members with its Government Affairs team.
CEDIA hosts a Career Center, where job openings and resumes are posted free of charge, offering a wonderful opportunity for employers and job seekers to connect.
Most important to consumers: you’d do well to hire a CEDIA-certified electronics specialist.