ADI to expand training initiatives for 2010

Comprehensive educational opportunities help dealers remain competitive


Melville, N.Y., February 16, 2010 - ADI announced today it has expanded its training initiatives for 2010 to help dealers uncover new opportunities and remain competitive in the low voltage market. ADI continues to focus on leading the industry in high quality education, and helping its dealers diversify into new markets. This year, ADI has added a variety of new courses in IP, residential and commercial A/V, intrusion and more.

ADI's training program consists of a wide variety of valuable education opportunities available at branches across North America. ADI is teaming up with industry associations and vendors to provide dealers with training courses to match all skill levels. The program includes Expo seminars, IP Electronic Systems Networking Technicians (ESNT) Certification Training, AXIS Communications IP training courses, CEDIA Business Operations Makeover, CEDIA Electronic Systems Technician Workshop, CEDIA Lead-Based Paint Removal Training, Electronic Security Association (ESA) training classes through the National Training School (NTS) including Level 1 Certification, Burglar Alarm, Fire Alarm, CCTV, Access Control & Troubleshooting, NICET Fire Alarm Training and FireLite Systems Training courses.

In addition, ADI will offer an assortment of online training courses including the IP 101 Webinar for Technicians, Fiber Optic System Planning Webinar, Webinar Training for IP Tools & Testing, and residential and commercial A/V webinars. ADI also offers the convenience of training on demand through the National Training Center's (NTC) Training Department. Dealers can participate in high quality, interactive online training in major product categories available 24/7.

"As a customer of ADI for more than eight years, we rely on ADI to provide us with training opportunities to help us learn about the latest technology," said Jason Michalak, vice president of sales at F.E. Moran, Inc. Alarm and Monitoring Services in Northbrook, IL. "Last year, we attended the Fire Alarm and Honeywell Security training classes at my local branch and were able to learn some of the basics, as well as the advanced features and benefits of these systems. ADI helps us stay up-to-date on new solutions and remain competitive in today's market."

At 39 Expos across North America, dealers will have a chance to spend time with some of the industry's leading manufacturers and participate in an extensive range of training seminars including product, marketing and business management. This year, ADI has incorporated 13 new Extreme Expos in addition to the full Expo training days that will offer an added focus on IP technologies. ADI Full Expos will offer an enhanced platform and continue to center on core security and A/V solutions.

"ADI has always been a strong supporter of ESA's National Training School (NTS) training and certifications. ADI branches frequently host NTS courses and teach hundreds of classes offering NTS continuing education units each year," said Mike Miller, president of the Electronic Security Association. "Clearly, ADI recognizes the critical importance and value of NTS training."

In 2009, ADI trained over 11,000 dealers through its IP, A/V, Fire and Business Management course offerings. With 39 Expos in 2009, ADI and its contributing vendors provided more than 12,000 dealers with the opportunity to demo the latest products, meet with leading manufacturers and participate in valuable training seminars.

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