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The Z-Wave Alliance, a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, will introduce its integrator membership and installer training at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016.

Z-Wave-Alliance-logo_RGB-300x136The integrator level membership and installer certification, first introduced at CEDIA EXPO in the US, is available globally to installation companies looking to grow their knowledge base, build relationships with smart home manufacturers and become experts in Z-Wave deployments.

“Integrators play a crucial role in the deployment of the smart home, and we want to ensure they have the necessary background and resources to leave happy customers,” Mitchell Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance, said in a statement.

“With the installer training and integrator membership option, the Alliance is providing the resources and tools dealers crave while building a community for all our members.”

Membership benefits include access to Z-Wave Alliance integrator forums and working groups, as well as technical resources for deployment, troubleshooting, design and testing of Z-Wave products. Additional benefits will be available as new integrator membership progresses. These will include access to a new dedicated installer tool and discounts from select Alliance manufacturer and service provider members.

Integrators who join at the new membership level will receive unlimited access to the new Z-Wave Certified Installer Training for their employees. The training will provide installers with tools, best practices, protocols and rules for Z-Wave installations. At ISE, integrators who sign up at this membership level will receive 50% off the joining fee.

Completion of the course, which spans two interactive 60-90 minute sections with a completion test, will earn installers CEDIA CEU credits and electricians and security professionals can apply for CEUs in their specific state.

The course will feature the history of Z-Wave and the Alliance as well as the fundamental concepts, foundation and architecture of Z-Wave.  It will include how-to guides on adding nodes, configuring the mesh network and working with routers.

The second half of the course takes a deeper dive into interoperability, building materials, signal attenuation and other installer-specific issues surrounding designing and implementing a Z-Wave network in a real-life smart home.

Z-Wave can be found at Stand 12-A74 at ISE from February 9-12 in Amsterdam, NL.