So now I'm officially a CEDIA Certified Level I technician, and my wife has taken to calling me "Installer Guy." I'm ready to tackle those in-walls, plus a whole lot more. I know I made the right decision to come to Boot Camp before hacking into my living-room sheetrock because, if I learned anything in Indy, it's that custom installation is actually a lot like . . . scuba diving. Crazy analogy, I know, but stay with me. See, there are two ways to learn diving. The quick way is to pay a few bucks at a resort in Cancun, take a few minutes of instruction from a guy who's too busy trying to shag a coed to worry about whether your breather is working right, then hop off the boat into the hyper-fast currents of the Yucatan Straits. Yippee! But if you take the time to do a real scuba course and become a certified diver, as I once did, you'll learn about the really bad things that can happen when you go out untrained and unpracticed. And you'll realize that no one should ever think about short-circuiting that process.
It's the same with installs: What you don't know can hurt you - or at least waste your time and money as you stumble through tasks or fumble your way through fixing one mistake after another.
I can't fully describe how much incredibly useful information was packed into this well-conceived, compact course, and how much it was enhanced by the knowledge and experience of the instructors. And that's the beauty of it. If you really want to jump into installation headfirst, either for a career or a do-it-yourself project, CEDIA's Boot Camp lets you take the short path without the short circuit.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some manly work to do. Honey, where'd I put that drywall saw?
Want to enroll? Go to cedia.net/education.
Copyright © 2013 Bonnier Corp. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.