AWE Launches Smart Home Academy

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Specialist Custom Install Distributor, AWE, is pleased to announce the launch of its Smart Home Academy, a brand new training programme a...

Specialist Custom Install Distributor, AWE, is pleased to announce the launch of its Smart Home Academy, a brand new training programme aimed at a range of industry professionals, from the custom install newcomer to the veteran integrator. Alongside the existing award-winning courses already offered at AWE, a selection of new initiatives; including The Foundation Workshop and dedicated Manufacturer Training will also be offered within the AWE Smart Home Academy from September. AWE Smart Home Academy AWE Smart Home Academy: The Foundation Workshop - is aimed at the less experienced residential installer and so focuses on the fundamentals of custom installation. Uniquely, as well as important background and theory, there is a heavy bias towards the essential skills and knowledge required for a variety of tasks that integrators will be faced with on a regular basis in a hands on workshop. Starting with basic health and safety advice and do’s and don’ts of CI, the full day course then progresses into the practical sessions A variety of tasks await course delegates, from accurately placing an in-ceiling speaker between joists and mounting a TV bracket, to terminating and testing CAT 5/6 networking cables reliably. AWE Smart Home Academy: Manufacturer Training – takes place once a month and gives course delegates the chance to view, hear, handle and ask questions about, the latest products from a specific AWE-distributed brand. The training kicks off with KEF and Loewe, and will feature the new KEF Ci200RR-THX in-ceiling/wall speakers and latest Loewe TV models being launched at IFA. “Custom installation is opening up to a wider audience, and growing in popularity as many systems and technologies become more affordable,” explains Stuart Tickle, Managing Director of AWE. “This has placed it firmly on the radar of everyone from the independent electrical retailer, to electricians and satellite installers, who are looking to expand their revenue stream, which is why we have introduced the foundation workshop. At the same time, the market expansion also represents an opportunity for seasoned installers, but they must be sure to distinguish themselves by being the best at a professional installation. The AWE Smart Home Academy builds on AWE’s award-winning reputation for high quality, immersive training that gives new entrants and seasoned installers the skills they need to be as successful as possible.” The framework for the AWE Smart Home Academy will repeat on a month by month basis, with various courses and workshops starting on four week rotation, with an overnight stay possible for those completing consecutive courses: Week 1 - The Foundation Workshop – 2nd September - Single Room Control with URC – 3rd September Week 2 - Manufacturer Training – 11th September Week 3 - Lighting Control System Design with Philips Dynalite and Silent Gliss – 16th September - Lighting Control System Programming with Philips Dynalite (Day 1) – 17th September - Lighting Control System Programming with Philips Dynalite (Day 2) – 18th September Week 4 - Whole House Integration with URC – 23rd September - CEDIA CPD – 24th September - HDMI & 4K Video Distribution with HDanywhere – 25th September Stuart continues: “By combining our brilliant existing training, and new course offerings under the Smart Home Academy umbrella, it’s our hope that more people will get involved with CI - helping to grow the industry as a result.” The costs of courses are just £25 for product specific training, £99 for the Foundation Course, and free of charge for the manufacturer events. Whilst the value of the courses are much higher, the fees have been kept extremely low and are purely in place to ensure those booking commit to attending, assuring the best day for all. Not only does this include refreshments and a light lunch, but delegates can also claim this back against demo products ordered on the day. To book a place, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/awe-smart-home-academy-5807401224 For further information on the AWE Smart Home Academy and to book your place on a course, visit: www.awe-europe.com