Dozens of members of the Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA), the custom integration buying group, have received Lighting Specialists certification by the American Lighting Association (ALA), the trade group representing lighting manufacturers, sales reps, retailers and designers.
To attain certification, members were required to join the ALA, purchase and study a 900-page residential lighting training manual, participate in multi-day, in-person training sessions, and pass a comprehensive final exam.
Two groups of HTSA members underwent the training: The first group included lighting showrooms and rep firms, and the second organized class was comprised of HTSA members exclusively. All of the HTSA participants passed their final exams and met the requirements for certification, and fully one third earned a perfect score of 100 on their tests, HTSA said.
“I am extremely proud of the way that HTSA members have rallied their teams around lighting education — acquiring the ALA training materials, participating in sanctioned classes, and studying for untold hours to build their knowledge and skills in lighting design, fixtures and services,” said HTSA executive director Jon Robbins.
Robbins described the high-performance lighting market as an important opportunity that will yield “an exponential leap in revenues” as members transform into leading providers of lighting and A/V home automation solutions within their local markets.
The ALA offers an extensive range of educational courses, materials and training for its members, including online webinars, printed and online materials, and live in-person classes, which can lead to three levels of professional certification: the entry-level Lighting Associate, mid-level Lighting Specialist and Certified Lighting Consultant.