Announcement published by CEDIA
June 15, 2022
Architects earn a formal CPD point at the end of the course
CEDIA’s New Professional Development Course for Architects
Coinciding with growing demand from homeowners, smart home technologies have evolved so much that they can now seamlessly integrate into a home’s design, provided it is installed by a trained professional. As a result, the industry’s only certifying body, CEDIA, has launched a new professional development course for architects and building designers, designed to train them to be in the best position to meet the needs of their customers when it comes to smart home technology and lifestyle. Architects who complete the course also receive a formal CPD point.
CEDIA’s independent regional development consultant for Australia and New Zealand, Paul Skelton, explained, “Members of the design and build community are more frequently asked about smart home technology than ever before. . Basically, this new CPD presentation was designed to educate architects and building designers regarding smart home technology. It covers exactly what you can automate in a home, including blinds, lighting, entertainment, HVAC and security, why and when you need an integrator, and how you work with an integrator. It also gives architects one of the valuable 12 CPD points they must earn each year upon completion.
Members of the design and build community don’t need to bother learning how the technology works, but they do need to know who to call when the situation arises. This, combined with the fact that more and more homeowners expect smart home technology to be integrated into their homes, means that this technology has gone from a “nice to have” to an absolute necessity.
Skelton added: “Take the recent lockdowns as an example. As more and more people work from home, bulletproof networks are becoming a priority. Integrators are the people to call to make sure your client’s home is running as it should. This new course connects the dots between all the critical parties involved in achieving this goal. »
Architects who complete this course will come away with an understanding that smart home technology need not be intimidating and that if working with a qualified professional integrator, the technology need not have a negative impact on their design.
Skelton continued, “They will also receive advice on how to find a qualified integrator and helpful tips on how to vet an integrator to ensure they are capable and competent partners. Where this course is different is that it deals with something completely different from other CPD presentations – it is not about the National Building Code, paint, concrete, bricks or OSH. The technologies covered in this presentation are top of mind for many owners, helping architects work with integrators faster and more efficiently. »
CEDIA’s new CPD presentation for architects has been developed specifically for Australian design sensibilities by Skelton and a group of top-tier smart home professionals who work with all types of architects and building designers to bring highlight what is possible in the local market.
Skelton said, “This new CPD presentation takes the process of working with an integrator much deeper. Although it still covers the various subsystems that integrators work with, it places a heavy emphasis on the design and documentation process that integrators go through with owners. It also adheres to the AACA learning outcomes – a legal requirement for any presentation that wishes to be considered a formal CPD.
There is also more to this new course as CEDIA has spent a lot of time working with PointsBuild to deliver the program. Working with PointsBuild means that architects from all fields, especially those in rural areas, can still access the course virtually and learn about smart home technology and work with integrators.
Paul Skelton concluded: “Architects who complete this course learn how to revolutionize the homes they design while earning the CPD points they need to maintain their registration. As we all know, if architects don’t reach their required annual total of CPD points, they won’t be able to continue practicing and when you look at the formal CPD presentations available, the vast majority of them will be on pretty bland topics. . . CEDIA’s new CPD is completely unique and addresses an emerging trend that will have a profound effect on the future of building design in Australia. This course is engaging and allows architects to learn, get ahead, and foster good relationships now, before it’s too late in the process.
CEDIA also recently signed on as an industry partner for Design Show Australia, Australia’s premier event for interiors, architecture and design.
For more information on CEDIA’s new Professional Development Course for Architects in Australia and New Zealand, visit https://cedia.net/resources/design-build-pros/coi or contact Paul Skelton at +61 438 410 184 or [email protected] .org.
CEDIA’s new professional development course for architects.
CEDIA, the global industry association and central point of contact for home technology, provides its members with industry-leading training, develops standards to ensure the highest levels of professionalism, and is the only certifying body in the industry. CEDIA strengthens collaboration with architects, designers, builders and owners to provide technology solutions that enable families to experience the best times of their lives from the comfort of their homes.