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Industry to launch home networking and multimedia qualification

The computer industry will soon have a new networking and multimedia qualification to meet the demand generated by the digital IP home.

On 31 January, the UK’s first qualification for the digital home is launched in London.

The foundation course is designed to get more IT professionals out of the office and into people’s homes, by providing the skills required to set up, service and troubleshoot the networking infrastructure which enables the range of connected devices now commonly found in home offices and living rooms.

The DHTI+ (Digital Home Technology +) qualification is expected to grab the interest of three audiences:
existing IT professionals looking for a new way to make money from IT servicing, new firms set up specifically to set up and manage home networks, and existing tradesmen wanting to extend their skills and tap into the emerging IP home market.
 
The qualification has been developed by two trade associations – the CompTIA (Computing Industry Trade Association) and the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association).

The two bodies said the qualification is in response to members wanting a simple way to learn the basics of home technology.

The globally recognised qualification will certify that graduates have the competency to set up, service and troubleshoot technologies found in the home.

This includes both home offices, home entertainment systems and home appliances. It could include anything from wireless Lans to security systems, heating and ventilation systems and home cinemas.

Specific elements of the course include: networking – identifying basic networking protocols, configuration of a residential Lan, and identifying cable characteristics and performance; and telephony VoIP - compatibility issues, cabling and interference.

The length of the course has not been confirmed and more details will be available next week.

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