Control & Automation

Control4, Pakedge Launch Most Ambitious Network-Certification Program Yet

Introduced at CEDIA 2017, New Pakedge Certified Network Administrator (PCNA) training program forces technicians to program and live with their own networking gear – nice for Control4 dealers but awesome for the smart-home industry.

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Posted by jwhitaker on September 19, 2017

Starting tonight! Excited that this type of Cert has hit our industry. If you signed up…. wait till you get the big white box labeled PCNA. It gets the blodd flowing as soon as it hits your door step!

Posted by wingsio on September 20, 2017

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Posted by Adroit1 on September 24, 2017

Luxul has been giving free webinars for years. If you go through all 5 hours of webinars, you might not get as much training as a week at Control4, but you have to be a total dumbass not to know just about everything you need to on order to set up a quality home, or small business, network. And you have only spent 5 hours, at the office, at your own pace, and can go back and review any time. Or you can simply contact Access Networks and let them design the perfect system for your project, so your technicians can concentrate on other facets of it.

Posted by Hagai Feiner / Access Networks on September 26, 2017

Thank you, @Adroit1! Education is good and its nice to see PE/C4 pushing their dealer-base forward. Put a PCNA next to one of our (supposedly equivalent) CCNA’s and we will know the educational value of this cert.

Posted by Julie Jacobson on September 27, 2017

No one was comparing this to CCNA. This training is specific to home-tech integration. And it’s not necessarily the training itself that is so interesting. It’s the model where they do everything they can to get a good network into techs’ hands, so they can learn on it, play with it, and live with it.

There are other organizations that do awesome training - CEDIA, of course, Luxul as mentioned, and yes of course there are great companies in the channel like Access and WhyReboot that can take care of everything for integrators.

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Posted by Julie Jacobson on September 27, 2017

No one was comparing this to CCNA. This training is specific to home-tech integration. And it’s not necessarily the training itself that is so interesting. It’s the model where they do everything they can to get a good network into techs’ hands, so they can learn on it, play with it, and live with it.

There are other organizations that do awesome training - CEDIA, of course, Luxul as mentioned, and yes of course there are great companies in the channel like Access and WhyReboot that can take care of everything for integrators.

Posted by Hagai Feiner / Access Networks on September 26, 2017

Thank you, @Adroit1! Education is good and its nice to see PE/C4 pushing their dealer-base forward. Put a PCNA next to one of our (supposedly equivalent) CCNA’s and we will know the educational value of this cert.

Posted by Adroit1 on September 24, 2017

Luxul has been giving free webinars for years. If you go through all 5 hours of webinars, you might not get as much training as a week at Control4, but you have to be a total dumbass not to know just about everything you need to on order to set up a quality home, or small business, network. And you have only spent 5 hours, at the office, at your own pace, and can go back and review any time. Or you can simply contact Access Networks and let them design the perfect system for your project, so your technicians can concentrate on other facets of it.

Posted by wingsio on September 20, 2017

I read some articles on this site and I think your blog is really interesting and has great information. Thank you for your sharing.
wings io

Posted by jwhitaker on September 19, 2017

Starting tonight! Excited that this type of Cert has hit our industry. If you signed up…. wait till you get the big white box labeled PCNA. It gets the blodd flowing as soon as it hits your door step!