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The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) is one of the largest and most renowned trade associations in the AV industry. CEDIA represents 3,700 member companies worldwide and serves 30,000 industry professionals who design and integrate home AV systems and services.

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To say holding certifications from such an association sets you apart as an AV freelancer is an understatement. CEDIA and the National House Building Association ran a survey in recent years to determine how much influence such certifications have on clients. The result was a shocking 70 percent of clients perceive contractors with special designations, like certifications offered by CEDIA, to be “more reliable, professional and credible.”

If you want to know how CEDIA’s certifications are uniquely capable of eliciting such a strong response from clients, check out the highlights of its training program below.

Comprehensive Online Training Options

To start with, all training offered by CEDIA is developed and vetted by industry experts. What that means is the knowledge and skills you gain from CEDIA certifications will keep your job profile competitive. With over 200 online courses on offer, it’s safe to say CEDIA training covers a wide variety of specialized skills for home AV solutions.

Courses cover topics such as home audio and video, home automation, home networking, and home AV systems integration. You can search the online catalogue according to the specialization you are looking to hone or according to class type. Lessons are delivered via a bite-sized, single concept format, while e-courses are more interactive yet self-paced. CEDIA also has a huge library of both live and archived webinars for those who want to stay on the bleeding edge of home AV.

CEDIA training is both in-depth and flexible in its design, making sure rookie and veteran AV freelancers alike benefit from the program.

In-Person Training Options

For those AV freelancers who learn best in a hands-on or classroom-style environment, CEDIA has in-person training options as well. These options include boot camps, conferences and events, and all-day workshops given by industry veterans.

Boot camps and workshops are what you want if you learn best with hands-on training. These options cover both basic and advanced installation knowledge and skills, from crimping wires and running cables to calibration and residential infrastructure and sub-system testing. Classroom learning is linked to boot camps and workshops, and is continuously revised by CEDIA to ensure the modules are delivering current and relevant information.

One advantage in-person training has over online training is its networking opportunities. You can get to know both industry peers and your expert instructors, and your interactions will produce potential partnerships while you deepen your skillset.

Varied Resources

Finally, no matter which path you choose to enhance your home AV skills through CEDIA, you will have access to a wide variety of resources to complement your skills training. CEDIA offers guides and publications to priority topics in the home AV industry, like the fundamentals of residential electronic systems, for example.

The association also offers whitepapers on wireless audio, telepresence, and mobile devices, as well as a research library with select reports of CEDIA’s market research initiatives. There’s even a library of templates for business processes.

As you can see, AV freelancers are well-served by CEDIA’s training program. And whether you’re pursuing the association’s more general CEDIA Electronic Systems Certification or its specialized certifications for technicians, networking specialists, or designers, you will certainly learn valuable and practical skills.

We consider CEDIA one of the top seven certifications to give freelancers a competitive edge. The best way to attract clients and get steady work as a freelancer is to diversify your AV skills.


Paul Weatherhead

Paul Weatherhead

Prior to founding AV Junction Inc., Paul worked for a tier one AV systems integrator in an operational management capacity for 10 years. His knowledge and experience have helped him oversee hundreds of system integration projects in a variety of industries. Paul’s leadership skills as matched by his sense of humour and easygoing nature. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, exploring new places or spending time with family and friends.

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