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AVAD & CEDIA Set Installer Level I & Level II Certification Training Schedule for 2005

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL — March 3, 2005 — In keeping with its corporate mission of educating its electronic systems contractors, AVAD LLC, America’s preeminent nationwide distributor of cutting-edge home technology, is planning another active year of training along with the Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) to offer Installer Level I and II Certification. The sessions are part of a continual effort to provide AVAD dealers and CEDIA members with a comprehensive service package and industry certification opportunities. Along with its AVAD University training program, AVAD, LLC has partnered with CEDIA to make educational opportunities conveniently accessible to installers at several AVAD locations across the United States.

“Being CEDIA-Certified strengthens any dealer’s professional credibility and ability to provide the quality services today’s customers expect,” said Joe Piccirrilli, managing director of AVAD. “At AVAD, we understand that when more dealers and installers have a deeper understanding of their field, the whole home technology industry reaps the benefits. That’s why we have made it a priority to provide opportunities for technical education for anyone who seeks it through this great partnership with CEDIA.”

To gain nationally recognized CEDIA Certification as an Installer Level I, interested parties must undergo a full-day prep course and examination. For Installer Level II Certification, participants must undergo a two-day course. The first day is the review session, and the second day is used for administering the exam. The Installer I and Installer Level II credentials are awarded for a 36 month period. To maintain the active status as an Installer Level I or Installer Level II, prior to the conclusion of the 36 month cycle, certificants must be able to provide documentation of completion of at least 30 contact clock hours of continuing education units approved by the CEDIA Certification Action Team. Certificants who do not have the required continuing education hours must take and pass the examination within 12 months prior to the expiration date to be eligible to maintain their certification for an additional 36 months.

Below is a list of Installer Level I & II preparation and examination dates, and the AVAD location at which the course will take place.

2005 CEDIA Installer Level I Review and Exam Schedule at AVAD Locations:

March
• March 10th — AVAD Southern California — Van Nuys, CA
• March 15th — AVAD Southern California — San Diego, CA
• March 18th — AVAD Great Plains — St. Louis, MO

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April
• April 19th — AVAD Central — Elk Grove, IL
• April 29th — AVAD Central — Warren, MI

May
• May 26th — AVAD Southeast — Charlotte, NC

June
• June 8th — AVAD Southwest — Houston, TX
• June 28th — AVAD Southwest — Dallas, TX

July
• July 22nd — AVAD Ohio — Avon, OH

August
• August 19th — AVAD Metro East — Westbury, NY

October
• October 18th — AVAD Northwest — Bellevue, WA
• October 20th — AVDA Northern California — Livermore, CA

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November
• November 1st — AVAD Rocky Mountain — Salt Lake City, UT
• November 3rd — Northern California — Sacramento, CA

A CEDIA Level I Installer is a person who works with supervision to install wiring, cable, components and devices for low-voltage electronics in residential applications (including home theater, audio, video, home automation, radio frequency, telephony and data networks). It’s recommended that Level I Installers have at least one year of experience with custom installation, as well as a familiarity with a wide range of literature and codes pertaining to custom electronics.

For additional information on CEDIA’s Professional Certification and to register for the Installer Level I Certification at the above locations, please visit www.cedia.org/certification < http://www.cedia.org/certification> .

2005 CEDIA Installer Level II Review and Exam Schedule at AVAD Locations:

March
• March 8th and 9th — AVAD Southern California — Irvine, CA

May
• May 10th and 11th — AVAD Florida — Fort Lauderdale, FL
• May 24th and 25th — AVAD Southeast — Smyma, GA

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July
• July 19th and 20th — AVAD Northeast — Taunton, MA

August
• August 16th and 17th — AVAD Metro East — Piscataway, NJ

A CEDIA Level II Installer supervises and works on projects, interacts with others, installs, troubleshoots, calibrates and ensures that the installation meets specifications. This individual must be a CEDIA-Certified Professional Level I Installer with additional knowledge.

For additional information on CEDIA’s Professional Certification and to register for the Installer Level II Certification at the above locations, please visit www.cedia.net/certification < http://www.cedia.net/certification> .

Visit www.avad.com < http://www.avad.com/> for a complete listing of all AVAD locations nationwide.

About CEDIA

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CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,000 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. CEDIA members include Residential Electronics Systems Professionals who have emerged as the “fourth contractor” in the building and remodeling industries alongside electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals. Member classifications include designer/installers, manufacturers, sales representatives, distributors, consultants and affiliates. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association’s Website at www.cedia.net < http://www.cedia.net/> .

About AVAD, LLC.

AVAD, LLC is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. Its in-depth technology offering of the most trusted names and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more for just-in-time delivery from each of its 26 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA’s Installer Level I
Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers’ businesses and profits.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 9000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in-demand, cutting-edge electronic systems.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Aprilaire, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H-P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D-Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, Samsung, ScreenPlay by InFocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt, Universal Remote Control, and more.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at www.avad.com or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484-3221 or info@avad.com.

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