Home automation installers provide services to integrate home automation systems into your home. When you are having work done on your home, it makes sense to hire someone with the training and skills required to get the job done. And, they too should have the licensing, certification and experience performing those tasks.
What to look for in home automation installers
Pick the right company for the job; the one with the skill set needed for your particular job. If you are looking to integrate home automation with security features, then experience integrating both of those systems would be preferred. If you are looking for whole house audio and lighting, then they would need experience in those.
Certified home automation installers
Certified home automation installers have gone through training on specific systems, technologies or products. Some home automation system manufacturers require certification before a person can install their system. Others do not.
Second to industry certifications, there also are certifications based on particular technologies available. For instance, if you are primarily going to use Z-Wave products, then you might want to find someone with the Z-Wave Plus™ Certification Program.
One of the most recognized certification programs for home automation installers is provided through the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA). The training provided by CEDIA is one of a kind and covers the growing technologies of home audio and video, home automation, home networking and systems integration.
The courses provide for home technology education from entry level to advanced systems, including:
- Professional Electronic Systems Technician
- Professional Electronic Systems Designer
- Home Cinema Design Specialist
- Residential Networking Specialist
- Structured Cabling Assessor
These certifications programs are backed by CEDIA, and is developed and vetted by industry professionals.
Credentials for your project
Professional home automation installers should have credentials that match their service offering. Your job is to match the work you want done in your home with the right certifications.
When interviewing installers, don’t be shy; ask to see their credentials. Then, ask about their experience and weigh that against the type of system you are wanting to put in your home.