Continuing Education

Home Technology Continuing Education for Design and Build Professionals
ACT offers educational courses designed to help design and build professionals strengthen their working knowledge of home technology systems and earn continuing education credits. These courses are for architects, builders, interior designers, building designers and remodelers. Currently, there are 19 courses approved for continuing education units by several industry partner associations, including AIA, AIBD, IDCEC, NAHB and NARI.

Continuing education is offered through the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s (CEDIA) Registered Outreach Instructor program, which enables CEDIA members like ACT to deliver home technology education on a local basis. ACT’s Paul Diggin is a Registered Outreach Instructor and is available to provide free training at local design and build companies. Paul is also available to help local association chapters provide continuing education courses directly to their members.

For more information about continuing education courses or to schedule a course for your firm, please contact Paul Diggin at 781-741-5959 or info1@actces.com.

Following are brief descriptions of the courses currently offered and a table showing continuing education credit values for the different associations.

Association: AIA AIBD IDCEC* NAHB NARI
Credit: 1.0 – 2.0 LUs 1.0 – 2.0 CEUs 0.1 – 0.2 CEUs 1.0 – 2.0 Cr Hrs 1.0 – 2.0 CEUs

*IDCEC governs the continuing education for the following associations: ASID, IDC, IDEC, and IIDA

Entertainment Solutions

  • Designing Dedicated Theaters: Understand what a home theater is—and what it isn’t. This course will discuss home theater acoustics, design, equipment, seating and more.
  • Media and Game Room Design: This course will break down the difference between media rooms and game rooms and will offer an overview of considerations for usage, design, power requirements, lighting and more.

Energy & Efficiency

  • Control Systems Impact on Building Green: This course will discuss how electronic devices can work toward reducing a home’s carbon footprint.
  • Lighting Control Systems: This course offers an overview of lighting control terminology, benefits and solutions, all presented in easy-to-understand language.
  • Electronic Systems Integration for Convenience, Comfort, and Safety: This course offers an overview of current and future technology options. Understand the difference between automation and systems integration, and learn how offering these solutions will set you apart from your competition.

Best Practices

  • Partnering with an Electronic Systems Contractor: What is an electronic systems contractor (ESC), and how do you fit this subcontractor into projects effectively? These questions and more will be answered during this course.
  • Integrating Audio into Homes for Performance and Aesthetics: This course will discuss how whole-house audio systems are used and the benefits they provide to the homeowner. Participants will also learn how pros can deliver high performance without compromising aesthetics.
  • Sound Isolation in a Specialty Room: This course will review the needs for sound-isolated specialty rooms, including the three tools of sound isolation: mass, absorption, and mechanical isolation.
  • Making Home Technology Profitable in a Remodeling Market: This course will give an overview of how technology intersects with areas of growth in the remodeling sector.

Planning

  • Understanding Current Home Technology and Infrastructure Options: There are many available options related to technology for today’s savvy clients. This course will help guide participants through the myriad of choices.
  • A Practical Guide to Incorporating Technology Into Your Next Project: This course offers an overview of how technology impacts design, budget and client satisfaction. Learn about the types of technologies that can be installed into homes and resolve common misconceptions.
  • Planning for Electronic Systems in the Home: This course describes the processes used by professionals in the project planning, design, and installation phases of electronic systems.
  • Electronic Systems Infrastructure Requirements: This course covers technology trends and their impact on today’s homes, as well as the basic infrastructure requirements needed to support these technologies so that they perform at maximum capacity.

Specialized Applications

  • The Art of Hiding Technology: This course reviews the three-pronged approach to hiding technology: advance planning, design philosophy and product selection.
  • Digital Signage in the New Economy: Learn the infrastructure requirements for a digital signage system as well as how these systems can be managed for maximum ROI.
  • Interactive Technology in a Learning Environment: Explore the opportunity for audio, video, and interactive technology in the learning environment, and learn to apply the “teacher’s triangle” concept.