SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
(NASDAQ: CTRL), a leading global provider of smart home solutions, today
announces the Pakedge® Certified Network Administrator (PCNA) program.
PCNA is a training experience that employs a unique blend of
comprehensive online coursework with hands-on practical learning using
Pakedge networking gear to provide dealers and technicians the
networking knowledge they need to design, install, and manage wired and
wireless IP networks. The PCNA course curriculum combines interactive
coursework, online instructional office hours, and an online
certification exam to ensure networking competency for the global
Control4® and Pakedge dealer base.
Practical, hands-on training for networking has been lacking throughout
the connected home and custom install industry. Technicians learn mainly
through trial and error. The result is that the networking foundation of
many homes and small businesses tends to be the root cause of chronic
issues — caused more so by the lack of best-practice knowledge than
through defective or failed equipment.
"Reliable and consistent network design is foundational to a responsive
and stable connected home, and it's pivotal to our dealers' success and
their customers' satisfaction. Yet today, over 30 percent of support
calls we receive from our dealers are tied to network connectivity
issues and not equipment failures," said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO.
"In our commitment to deliver fantastic connected home experiences via
all of our dealers, we are strategically investing to foster a community
of skilled network technicians by providing them with a best-in-class
network training and certification program."
Dealers can train and strengthen their team's networking expertise by
having their technicians enroll and complete the PCNA course work from
home or office, during work hours or on their own time, without
incurring the cost of travel for traditional training. Enrollment in the
six-course PCNA curriculum also includes accompanying Pakedge networking
equipment (U.S. MSRP value of $2,300) for the hands-on tutorials,
RK-1 Router with BakPak®
SX-8P Managed PoE Switch
WK-1 802.11ac WAP with 2x2 MIMO array and 1.3 Gbps aggregate throughput
P2 Power Distribution Unit, and
Through online guided tutorials, technicians can learn the fundamentals
of how TCP/IP works. They can directly experience the material
differences between different types of Ethernet cables (CAT5e, CAT6,
CAT6a, CAT7), and they can drill down into the workings and
configuration options of network routers, switches, and wireless access
points, as well as learn the logical processes for designing networks
for predictable, reliable performance.
Technicians become certified and are awarded a certificate of completion
after achieving a passing score on the online PCNA exam, proctored by a
third-party. Technicians additionally benefit from retaining the Pakedge
networking gear for their own use so that they can continue to gain
experience via daily use.
"To date, there has not been enough easily-accessible, practical
training for IP networking and there have been no hybrid learning models
combining online assignments with direct hands-on practice with network
equipment for technicians in our industry," said Ted Haeger, Senior
Director of Training and Support, Control4. "We believe our approach and
PCNA curriculum will prove effective and may become a new standard for
The first two courses of the PCNA are available beginning today for
Control4 and Pakedge Dealers at www.pakedge.com/pcna.
The schedule for the full curriculum of courses is as follows:
Course 1: Networking Essentials - available today
Course 2: Switches - available today
Course 3: Routers - available September 26, 2017
Course 4: Wireless Access Points - available October 3, 2017
Course 5: Remote Monitoring & Management - available October 10, 2017
Course 6: Network Planning - available October 17, 2017
A brief walkthrough video with an overview of the course materials is
available here: https://control4.wistia.com/medias/btz6po1fi9.
Enrollment in the online six-course PCNA certification program,
including the required Pakedge gear, costs $1,250 U.S. up front, with a
$600 rebate upon achievement of a passing score on the PCNA Exam within
60 days of registration, bringing the final cost of certification down
to $650 per technician.
For more information on Control4 visit www.control4.com.
For more information on Pakedge visit www.pakedge.com.
[NASDAQ: CTRL] is a leading global provider of automation and networking
systems for homes and businesses, offering personalized control of
lighting, music, video, comfort, security, communications, and more into
a unified smart home system that enhances the daily lives of its
consumers. Control4 unlocks the potential of connected devices, making
networks more robust, entertainment systems easier to use, homes more
comfortable and energy efficient, and provides families more peace of
mind. Today, every home and business needs automation horsepower and a
high-performance network to manage the increasing number of connected
devices. The Control4 platform interoperates with more than 10,500
third-party consumer electronics products, ensuring an ever-expanding
ecosystem of devices will work together. Control4 is now available in 90
countries. Leveraging a professional distribution channel that includes
over 5,200 custom integrators, retailers, and distributors authorized to
sell the full-line of Control4 products, Pakedge branded networking
solutions and Triad Speakers, Control4 is delivering intelligent
solutions for consumers, major consumer electronics companies, hotels,
and businesses around the world.
Copyright ©2017, Control4 Corporation. All rights reserved. Control4,
the Control4 and Pakedge logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All
other names and brands may be claimed as the property of their
respective owners. All specifications subject to change without notice.
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Kimberly Lancaster, 401-792-7080
Source: Control4 Corporation
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