Want to network and learn from an industry expert? Through the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s (CEDIA) Registered Outreach Instructor program, Wilshire offers continuing education units approved by the AIA, AIBD, IDCEC, NAHB and NARI.
Throughout the year, Wilshire offers free continuing education units as part of our Innovations & Solutions seminars. Build professionals and local association chapters may also request complimentary on-site training, which can be done in a lunch & learn setting. If interested, please contact us at (805) 497-7536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEDIA ROI Course Descriptions
A Practical Guide to Incorporating Technology Into Your Next Project – 2 Hours
Technology is everywhere—be prepared to meet your clients’ growing needs and demands! Participants will be able to identify areas where technology impacts design and discuss such key areas such as value to the client, benefits of properly planned for and installed components, key elements, budgeting, best practices, and common misconceptions. Attendees will leave with an in-depth knowledge of the types of technologies that can be installed into residential projects and the proper infrastructure that is needed to support these complex systems, as well as being able to incorporate essential timelines needed for engaging an electronic systems professional in the design and build process.
Enhancing Green Living Through Electronic Control Systems – 1 Hour
A “green home” is more than energy efficiency; one must look at the big picture. Participants in this course will discuss their unique perspectives on “going green”, and methods and benefits of energy usage monitoring to reduce a home’s carbon footprint. Additionally, attendees will discuss the ways control systems can improve durability, and enhance health and comfort of occupants through HVAC, lighting and lighting control, automated shading, and smart appliances. Participants will also discuss how a green home can be a comfortable and healthy environment for its occupants and how to work with a trained electronic systems professional in order to achieve clients’ “green goals”.
Designing Dedicated Theaters – 1 Hour
What is a home theater? This may sound like a simple question, but is it? Participants in this course will come away with a very distinct definition of what a home theater is—and what it isn’t! Discussions will also include basic acoustical physics, common mistakes in designing theaters, as well as specific design considerations related to video, lighting, electrical, and safety and comfort. This course will provide guidance related to what goes in the room—from equipment, to wall treatments, to seating—and provide practical solutions to problems associated with home theater design and construction. Additionally, attendees will discuss the importance of engaging a trained, qualified professional early in the design and build process.
Digital Signage in the New Economy – 1 Hour
Digital signage is one of the fastest growing segments of the installed audio/ video industry! Digital signage is ubiquitous, from the 6-inch screen on the gas pump at your neighborhood service station to the 50-inch HD screen in an upscale salon and spa. Participants will have “digital signage” defined and will examine how this exciting industry is projected to grow and change over time. Attendees will walk away with a working knowledge of the infrastructure requirements that allow a digital signage system to operate and evolve, as well as how these systems can be managed for maximum return on investment. Additionally, participants will look at the value of working with trained electronic systems professionals and when to engage that trade in the planning process.
Electronic Systems Infrastructure Requirements – 1 Hour
Supporting the multitude of technologies found in today’s connected homes requires planning, specialized installation, and a solid infrastructure in place. Attendees will discuss the trends and future technologies and their impact on today’s homes, as well as be able to understand the basic infrastructure requirements needed to support these technologies so that they perform at maximum capacity. Participants will be able to define the components of a structured wiring system and list the benefits that correctly installed systems offer to their clients’ technology needs. Attendees will also engage in discussion related to partnering with a trained electronics professional in the planning and installation of these complex systems.
Electronic Systems Integration for Convenience, Comfort, and Safety – 1 Hour
Technology touches virtually every surface of the home today—learn about how technology influences your clients’ convenience, comfort, and safety, and how advances in electronics will result in these technologies becoming more and more ubiquitous. Electronic systems integration can bring multiple benefits and features to the homeowner; become educated by understanding the difference between automation and systems integration and how offering real options and enhancements to clients’ lives are ways to set yourself apart from your competition. This course will provide basic understanding of current and future technology options, as well as help establish the benefits of partnering with a qualified electronics professional.
Integrating Audio Into Homes for Performance and Aesthetics – 1 Hour
Whole house audio is a trend that has been increasing in popularity during recent years. Participants of this course will discuss how whole house audio systems can and are used, and the benefits these systems provide to the homeowner—including the advantages of integrating them with other electronic systems in the home. Additionally, attendees will walk away with an in-depth knowledge of what technologies are utilized and the components required for proper installation and performance of these complex systems without compromising the home’s aesthetic beauty and design. Participants will learn about how to engage an electronic systems professional and the benefits of including this trade early in the design and build process.
Interactive Technology in a Leaning Environment – 1 Hour
The days of passive learning are gone—what is an interactive white board and how will technology affect learning environments in years to come? Those questions, among others, will be answered! This course will explore the opportunity for audio, video, and interactive technology in the learning environment, as well as review and apply the “teacher’s triangle” concept. An overview of the infrastructure needed to support these technologies will be explored, as well as how to choose a trained electronic systems professional for your project’s current and future needs.
Lighting Control Systems – 1 Hour
Lighting control has become a standard in new construction and existing retrofit solutions…those who have it love it and wonder how they ever lived without it! Participants will walk away from this course with a basic understanding of lighting control terminology, and the benefits and solutions related to lighting control—presented in simple, easy to understand language. Additionally, attendees will be active participants in discussion surrounding common misconceptions, features, and lighting control design considerations. This course will conclude with an informative dialogue regarding what to consider when interviewing and hiring an electronic systems contractor (ESC).
Making Home Technology Profitable in the Remodeling Market – 1 Hour
According to a recent Joint Center for Housing of Harvard University report, three growth areas are projected in the remodeling sector; energy management, the aging population, and home entertainment. During this course, participants will discuss these growth areas, with specific focus on technology systems. Attendees will walk away with talking points to use with homeowners that include how to approach the clients’ needs and wants related to monitoring energy usage, addressing their aging in place requirements, and providing entertainment options. Additionally, attendees will discover how and when to include the electronic systems professional in the design and build process.
Media and Game Room Design – 1 Hour
The demand for home entertainment spaces is growing at a rapid pace—don’t be uninformed and left behind! Participants in this course will be educated on the differences between media rooms and game rooms from a usage standpoint as well as specific design characteristics relative to equipment, furnishings, power requirements, ventilation, lighting, and acoustics. Attendees will also walk away with the knowledge of how and when to engage an electronics systems professional in the design and build process.
Partnering with an Electronic Systems Contractor – 1.5 Hours
What is an electronic systems contractor (ESC) and how does one fit this subcontractor into design and build projects effectively? These questions and more will be answered during this course. Attendees will walk away with basic knowledge of the various types of residential electronic systems and how electronic systems can be seamlessly integrated into a home’s design and build process with the help of a trained, electronics professional. Discover the specific design considerations that electronic systems bring to a project, such as space allocation, framing, HVAC, electrical, and ventilation requirements. Included are “insider” tips to successfully negotiating a contract with this vital subcontractor and questions to ask during the interview process regarding locating, hiring, and collaborating with the ESC best suited to a project.
Planning for Electronic Systems in the Home – 1 Hour
As with other rough-in trades (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), electronic systems should be planned for well in advance of construction and documented at the construction drawing phase of design. This course describes the processes used by professionals in the project planning, design, and installation phases of electronic systems. Participants will be able to identify different types of residential systems and the unique impact of each on specific design considerations, such as space, framing, electrical, and ventilation requirements. This course will also help attendees identify and analyze the benefits of working with trained electronic systems professionals.
Sound Isolation in a Specialty Room – 1 Hour
Isolating sound is tricky—without the correct tools, the right people, and the proper design the results are often disastrous. Participants in this course will review the needs for sound isolated specialty rooms, define the fundamentals of sound and discuss how much sound isolation is needed in varying circumstances. In addition, attendees will dive into the three tools of sound isolation—mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation and the role of each in the design and build process, while discussing the process of building a specialty room. This course will also outline the essential criteria for choosing a qualified electronic systems contractor and the expertise that these professionals bring to a well-designed and functional space.
The Art of Hiding Technology – 1 Hour
Home electronics should integrate seamlessly into a home’s design and décor. This course reviews the three-pronged approach to hiding technology—advance planning, design philosophy, and product selection—which are available for minimizing the visual impact of electronics without compromising performance. Specific challenges and recommendations related to hiding video displays, projectors, speakers, controls, cameras, and equipment racks—among others—will be addressed. This course speaks to innovative and creative ways to lessen the visual impact of electronics by making them low-profile, hidden or camouflaged, or even invisible! Attendees will also walk away with an understanding of how to properly engage a trained electronic systems contractor (ESC) in their next project.
Understanding Current Home Technology and Infrastructure Options – 1 Hour
There are many available options related to technology for today’s savvy clients, and this course will help guide participants through the myriad of choices. Participants will walk away from this course with a comprehensive overview of current home technologies available in today’s connected homes. The in-depth discussion will include wired vs. wireless, integrated systems—what they are and how they work—and engaging a trained electronic systems professional. This overview will also help attendees plan for proper wiring infrastructure and other profitable electronic systems.