Looking for guidance in getting into the Home Theatre/Home Automation

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Shane S., Aug 19, 2003.

  1. Shane S.

    Shane S. Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi,
    I'm looking for any help or advice that you can give me on getting into the Home Theatre/Home Automation business. I have searched around the Internet and have found different certifications, but I haven't met anyone that has them so I don't know what they are worth. I'm pretty good with scripts and macros already. I currently work In IT/Network Ops. I also have experience installing satellites and I did 6.5 years in the Navy as a SONAR tech.
    Ideally I'd like to find some place that could take me on as an apprentice type status where I could still work my job at night (need to pay the bills) but learn the art and eventually move on maybe work for myself. I live in CT though and I'm not sure there are any around. I know Tweeter does installs now but I'm not sure how that works.

    Well thanks from a new member for reading this and for any help you may have.

    Shane
     
  2. MikeWh

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    Can't help from personal experience, but I've seen some info floating around:

    Check out http://www.cedia.org
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    http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin...ustom/list.cgi

    On the remotecentral forum, I occasionally see discussions of the custom installation marketplace. Do a search there.

    There was also a recent thread here at HTF about getting into the business. Sorry, but the search function is temporarily disabled, due to high server loads.... do a search when you can.
     
  3. Shane S.

    Shane S. Stunt Coordinator

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    Thank you for the reply Mike,

    I have checked out CEDIA's site several times. I was looking at there installer and designer certs but I am unsure as to weather or not that would be a good first step. I work in the IT world where we have people with certs who know nothing and people without certs who can fix anything.
    I did use there site to find a few people near me and I am attempting to contact all of them right now.
    I am so serious and enthusiastic about this that I would honestly volunteer my time just to learn.

    The other site looks helpful, thanks again.
     
  4. MikeWh

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    heh heh... I'm in IT, too. I've got my CISSP. I won't tell you which category I fall into though. [​IMG]
     
  5. Shane S.

    Shane S. Stunt Coordinator

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    I know this was a little bit of a dead thread but I figured I'd give an update for anyone else who may have been curious.

    Firstly by searching CEDIA's site for local installers I located a few places and contacted all of them. I ended up connecting with a place "Roberts Audio" in New London CT. I went to their store looking for some answers and walked out with a job. I'm going to start working a pre-wire on Monday. [​IMG]

    Secondly I learned that the CEDIA certifications is not only to show customers or perspective employers a certain level of knowledge. It is also an attempt at setting a standard so that installers won't need to be electriciians.

    Well for what it was worth....

    Shane
     

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