Ingram Micro's participation in the CompTIA HTI+ advisory committee is part of the company's efforts to extend its involvement in the consumer electronics and home technology markets in North America.
By participating in the CompTIA HTI+ advisory committee, Ingram Micro will be able to shape the future of the home integration market and provide support and expertise to assist customer installers and networking VARs in capturing new, highly profitable growth opportunities.
Chow, who is CompTIA HTI+ certified, will represent Ingram Micro on the committee.
CompTIA and Internet Home Alliance introduced the HTI+ certification in 2002 to help establish a standard of competency for those technicians designing, implementing, and supporting integrated systems.
When CompTIA asked 100 HTI+ certified technicians, "What is the top misconception new home builders have about home integration and home integrators?
Installation of the connection ports, the specialized low-voltage wiring, and the control panel is as necessary today as any other basic utility within the structure," reports Carl Bowman, HTI+ program manager, CompTIA.
Industry leaders such as Best Buy, CompUSA, D&H Distributing, and Sears now either recommend or require that technicians associated with their home integration products and services pass the two HTI+ exams and earn the certification.
Our principal reasons for joining the CompTIA HTI+ certification committee are to be closely involved in the skills development process and to be able to offer a verified tool that helps our resellers migrate into the home integration market," said Dan Schwab, vice president of marketing at D&H Distributing.
As a first step in this new relationship, D&H Distributing has joined the CompTIA Home Technology Integrator (HTI+(TM)) certification advisory committee, a group of leading manufacturers, retailers, educators, and courseware developers responsible for setting the direction of the HTI+ certification.
HTI+ certified technicians have demonstrated mastery of best practices equivalent to six months on-the-job experience in home integration by passing two comprehensive exams.
HTI+ is a nationwide credential for technicians who install and network digitally-based security, audio and video, computer, heating and air conditioning, cable and satellite, and telecommunications systems.
The evolution of residential network requirements is forcing cabling contractors and network installers to seek training opportunities through professional organizations and then demonstrate their competency by passing a certifying exam such as HTI+ certification," explains David McLean, Residential Test Marketing Manager for Fluke Networks.