CompTIA Offers New Home Technology Integration Cert

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) are collaborating on a certification based on home technology integration.

It’s called the CEA-CompTIA Digital Home Technology Integrator+ certification (CEA-CompTIA DHTI+). CompTIA already offers the HTI+ certification for home technology integrators, and CEA-CompTIA DHTI+ will expand on that by covering all aspects of the connected home, focusing on the personal computer as its controlling hub, and integrating the subject matter expertise of CEA.

Steven Ostrowski, CompTIA director of corporate communications, said this certification is keeping in step with “smart homes” becoming more mainstream.

“It’s not just for the lifestyles of the rich and famous anymore,” Ostrowski said. “As with any technology, as the price comes down and the options go up, people are more and more inclined to buy a plasma TV or whatever it happens to be.”

He also said the scope of the cert is not limited to constructing a home theater — it stretches out to functions such as the telecommunications, lighting, security and energy management of a home.

“It covers a broad base of options for the home owner,” Ostrowski said.

The certification will be in beta testing through the end of the year. The formal launch likely will occur in March. CompTIA recommends individuals who seek the certification have 18 to 24 months of experience in the some area of home integration technology.

For more information, go to www.comptia.org/.

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