Oct 8, 2012
As part of its global strategy and to ensure it remains fully representative of a fast changing industry, CEDIA has standardised membership requirements for the trade body worldwide...
With immediate effect, CEDIA EMEA (the 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 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 who undertake industry education.
"Last year CEDIA experienced the biggest membership growth yet within EMEA," 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 EMEA 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.
For more information please visit www.cedia.co.uk.
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