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CEDIA - The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association is an organisation of experienced companies involved in the design and installation of electronic systems for the home.

Custom design and installation, the process by which your home electronics are integrated into one coherent system, is the cutting edge of a rapidly growing field and is only recently becoming more widely known outside the consumer-electronics industry.

Amongst consumers there is a growing awareness of CEDIA, a not-for-profit trade association, which was founded in the USA in 1989. To administer its continuously expanding international membership, CEDIA now has administration offices in the UK & Australia.

As a trade association controlled by its members, CEDIA strives to increase the benefits to all associated with it.

Elan Systems South Africa are CEDIA founding members for CEDIA REGION1 SOUTH AFRICA and are also CEDIA trade suppliers , they are constantly attending international trade shows and training events and are involved with bringing international certified education to their dealers , interior designers, architects and specifiers through CEDIA . Their in house training courses are CEDIA Certified so that CEDIA certified dealers can gain CEU credits (continuing Education Units).

Darren Salkow the managing director of Elan Systems South Africa heads up the CEDIA region 1 committee and is a CEDIA Certified Installer, CEDIA certified Designer, CEDIA certified instructor and CPD instructor with over 16 years of experience in Custom design and installation field.

As lifestyles get more demanding people expect more from their living environment. Being able to control their home through electronics integrated unobtrusively within its structure has become expected. This can only be achieved by specialist design and installation of a suitable infra-structure of cabling & products.

CEDIA members work with architects, specifiers, interior designers, developers and electrical engineering consultants to design suitable systems and install products; either at new build or refurbishment stage. Through extensive education and training our members are best equipped to provide advice on the most suitable solutions available to suit the clients' needs.

CEDIA allows you to obtain referrals to find qualified, reputable and insured design and installation contractors to help you with your project. Through CEDIA, installers now offer a SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) and IID (Institute of Interior Designers) accredited CPD training course "Designing Integrated Future-Ready Homes" to educate architects, specifiers and developers on the benefits of custom installation and the advantages of working with a CEDIA member to ensure that the homeowner gets the most from their living environment.

CEDIA is an established international trade association of companies that specialise in designing and installing electronic systems for residential environments. CEDIA certified professionals are proven experts who are committed to a higher standard of education
Who benefits from CEDIA Professional Certfication?

CEDIA Professional Certfication will deliver a range of benefits to individuals, consumers and manufacturers whilst promoting professionalism and growth throughout the industry. Individual designer/installers will be recognised within the industry and be able to create a career path to reap the rewards from their expertise. Custom Installation companies will benefit from employing certified members by achieving a competitive advantage through higher quality skill sets, productivity and professionalism.

Manufacturers will gain through proper installation and service of their equipment by highly skilled and trained technicians. They will benefit by fewer installation problems, professional and courteous service to consumers, and correctly installed equipment.

Consumers are faced with many choices when selecting a dealer/installer. CEDIA gives consumers peace of mind in their investment, and by using a CEDIA certified member they know the installers working in their home are trained, reliable professionals.

Unfortunately, it's not just about the dream, it's about the appropriate design, proper equipment selection, and qualified installation.

It is possibly the largest investment in your dream home so you wouldn't trust it to just any installer.

A CEDIA Certified member has met vigorous industry standards and has been formally educated and specially trained. All necessary investments on behalf of you, the customer. In addition, as a CEDIA member, this company has agreed to the CEDIA Code of Ethics, perhaps the most highly regarded standard in the Electronic Lifestyles® industry.

After all, you wouldn't trust your personal investments to an amateur so why would you use anyone that is not a CEDIA Certified designer or installer?

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