Despite a worldwide pandemic, the CEDIA Awards went on – a little later than usual, and very much online.

The 2020 Awards all hit the CEDIA HQ YouTube channel as “live” premieres at various times on October 8, with regional shows dropping in the Asia Pacific, EMEA, and Americas regions.

Hosting duties were split across the shows. The Asia Pacific program featured the dynamic duo of Paul Skelton, the association’s regional development consultant for Australia and New Zealand and CEDIA’s Vice President of Engagement and Global Development Wendy Griffiths. CEDIA EMEA Managing Director Matt Nimmons hosted that region’s show, and CEDIA’s Vice President of Industry Engagement handled duties for the Americas.

Besides stunning projects, the shows featured vignettes highlighting everything from advice from CEDIA’s thought leaders to CEDIASTRONG stories of firms pitching in to help during the pandemic – making masks, providing high-tech solutions to hospitals and food supplier, and folks who volunteered to fight fires during the other crisis that befell the Australia/New Zealand region earlier on in 2020.

There were cocktails, too. As a way of thanking the evening’s sponsors, some classic recipes were adjusted for a series of boozy tie-ins. (Example: The classic “Sazerac” cocktail became the “Savant-erac” for the evening.) A gent known only as “Tom” handled the pours with dizzying speed for the EMEA and Asia Pacific bar scenes, while bourbon expert Meredith Barry served as mixologist for the Americas

CEDIA Awards 2020 – Watch Again

CEDIA Strong

CEDIASTRONG was born from the COVID-19 pandemic and was designed to serve as a rallying cry for our industry. Under the CEDIASTRONG banner, the association organized on a global scale virtual events, roundtable discussions and webinars to empower dealers with new tools to help them build skills and their businesses.  To date, thousands of members have participated in CEDIASTRONG events and services.


In our ongoing mission to bolster professionalism and deliver the industry’s best and most compelling education, CEDIA announced major advancements in our globally-recognized CEDIA Certification program.

The Cabling and Infrastructure Technician Certification (CIT) and the Integrated System Technician (IST) Certification are the results of countless hours of research and collaboration by the CEDIA Certification Commission and the Technician Job Task Analysis (JTA) task force. While crafting the CIT and IST certifications, the industry experts emphasized the credentials’ global nature every step along the way.

The entry-level CIT is for technicians whose primary task is to perform basic infrastructure wiring for low-voltage technology systems in a residential or commercial setting. The IST, similar to the current ESC-T certification, is for experienced technicians with broad equipment and systems knowledge, who can operate independently on a job site. IST candidates must have at least one year of verified work experience and hold CIT certification to be eligible to sit for the IST exam. Both certifications are renewable and require that holders adhere to a Code of Conduct. Full descriptions and the exam blueprints can be found here.

The CEDIA Certification Commission determined the CIT and IST names following an extensive process that included review of data from more than 1,000 online job description posts, 2019 CEDIA survey recommendations asking stakeholders what they preferred to be called, and the charge to establish names with long-term usability that are as representative as possible of the actual role and knowledge they encompass, regardless of where the integrator is located throughout the world.

CEDIA Academy

Perhaps there’s no greater demonstration of our commitment to upping our game than in the launch of our all-new CEDIA Academy. Our Education team has spent the last two years revamping our curriculum and we now boast a state-of-the art learning platform that features over 50 technical and business courses (in English and some in Spanish) to guide students through pathways towards professional advancement and certification.

Additionally, our instructional designers continue to build new coursework in response to member feedback and need. Check out the Academy to learn what’s new and available.

CEDIA Propel

CEDIA Propel is an affinity program designed to connect CEDIA members to new brands and products in emerging categories. Propel aims to highlight products that increase business opportunity – for integrators, distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, buying groups and participating manufacturers — by providing an entry point and sales channel for new and growing categories in custom technology integration. Propel seeks brands and products on the periphery of the norm to help CEDIA members expand their reach and deliver exciting new technology solutions to homeowners.