Zwave-logoThe Z-Wave Alliance, a membership organization centered around Z-Wave wireless smart home protocol, debuted its first membership level that is aimed at the integrator community. The group made the announcement at last week’s CEDIA 2015 event.

“Adding a membership level in the Alliance for integrators and dealers allows those closest to the smart home customer to collaborate with a diverse ecosystem of manufacturers dedicated to creating Z-Wave solutions,” Mitchell Klein, Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance, said in a statement. “We want the Alliance to be a destination organization for everyone – from telcos, retailers, home security providers and the installer community – interested in capitalizing on the growth of Z-Wave in IoT to push adoption even further.”

Membership benefits of the new Z-Wave Certified Installer Training program include access the Z-Wave Alliance integrator forums and working groups, and access to technical resources for deployment, troubleshooting, design, and testing of Z-Wave products, the organization explained.

When installers complete their Z-Wave certification, they will then be listed on the forthcoming Z-Wave website, a “one-stop-shopping center for all things smart home,” Z-Wave said. Additional membership benefits will be introduced down the line, the group said, including access to a new dedicated installer tool and discounts from select Z-Wave Alliance manufacturer and service provider members.

Integrators who sign up for the new membership will receive access to the brand new Z-Wave Certified Installer Training program for up to five of their employees with the option to purchase additional passes, Z-Wave explained. The training will provide installers with tools, best practices, protocols, and rules for installing Z-Wave products. And completion of the course, which involves two 90-minute tested sources, will earn installers CEDIA CEU credits.

The Z-Wave Alliance membership page has more information on pricing and benefits.