KNX: What Benefits Do I Get as a Certified Integrator?
Certification is a token of quality. There are smaller and bigger certification offices, some are less known, some are better known, some have a bigger reputation, some less so. Nevertheless, in order to get a certificate, every programme requires you to make an extra effort, which reflects the quality you put into your work and represents your expertise in your field.
In our previous article, we talked about the pros and cons of certification, which addressed the efforts for certification and the final result as such. In this article, we would like to point out the direct benefits for integrators, once they have successfully obtained a certificate for system integrators. So what are these benefits?
There are various certifications, which support the activities of a system integrator, such as ‘Project Manager Professional (PMP)’, as well as CEDIA and KNX certification. KNX certification is the most common certificate amongst system integrators in the world, with more than 50,000 issued certificates worldwide. This high demand points to the token of quality, which comes along with the certification, but also the many advantages that are offered by the market and KNX Association, including:
Extension of Knowledge
In order to be KNX certified, you need to successfully participate in a certified KNX Basic Course, which includes theoretical and practical trainings and exams. Altough you will get your certificate at the end (after you successfully passed the exams), every training helps to extend your knowledge, which you can use in the field.
Usage of Logo
We all have seen the proudly presented logos and certificates in email signatures. As the usage of logos is only reserved to a selected group of people, the according logos show right away that a company has above average expertise. The same applies to KNX. Once you have successfully participated in a KNX Basic Course, the participant will receive a certificate, which officially allows him to use the “KNX Partner” logo, not only in email signatures, but also on every other printed material, such as letter heads and envelopes as well as car stickers.
Listed on the Website
The first point of information is the internet for any customer, who is interested in getting an automation installation. KNX Partners are listed on the KNX website, which is visited by several thousand visitors a day, offering higher visibility and business opportunities.
Access to Discounts and Marketing Materials
Since certification is intended to extend and improve integrator professional services, affiliated tools will be used for daily tasks. Discounts, which can be obtained upon successful certification, are a great benefit. After granted certification, you can acquire the necessary software and tools with a discount of up to 32 percent. Further than that, KNX Association grants further marketing communication material, which highlight your position in the market.
In a nutshell – Discounts on tools, which you need in any case, plus further access to promotional material equal higher success with less investment.
Follow-up Support by the KNX Community
Participating in a certified course has also another benefit: Networking. By entering the world of KNX, you do not only get in touch with an expert in KNX (aka the KNX Course Tutor), but also with other prospect business partners. In case the course has been conducted by a manufacturer of a service provider, further cooperation beyond the training is very common, which grants you support in the newly adapted field.
But not only the KNX Training Centre is point of contact, when it comes to support. KNX Association itself as well as the KNX National Groups offer constant support for KNX Partners, in order to become more skilled in the field of KNX. Once you join the KNX community, you will never be alone.
KNX Certification opens many doors and eases the start in a professional life. Taking the many benefits into account, the pros obviously exceed the cons, so why not getting started by looking for the KNX Training Centre near you?