This April, CIE-Group delivered its first HDBaseT Installer Expert Program, in partnership with the HDBaseT Alliance. The course was attended by over 70 professional AV engineers, at a series of one-day courses which took place in Nottingham, Farnborough and Leeds. 

The HDBaseT Installer Expert program was launched by the Alliance in 2014 and almost 2000 delegates throughout the world have now completed the course. However, this is the first time the program has been delivered here in the UK, making the recent graduates the very first official HDBaseT Expert Installers in the UK to achieve this certification.

Hosted by UK AV distributors CIE-Group, the course covers HDBaseT technology principles, installation advice and best practices, product certification and interoperability, and includes hands-on tutorial and comprehensive demonstrations. Each course, in partnership with the Alliance, was presented by HDBaseT installation expert and Director of Customer Experience at Valens, Ariel Marcus:

Most of the questions that I’m hearing at the moment are related to HDBaseT cabling, how to connect the cables, what type of cables to use, should it be a shielded cable and will it fit all the needs. This is why training is so important to ensure installers are prepared with the most up-to-date knowledge.”

Martin Featherstone, CYP Product Manager and HDBaseT Expert at CIE-Group, assisted Ariel during training and commented on the diverse range of attendees on the course:

We’ve had a mixture of installers attending, some who are working with HDBaseT already, others who are installing HDBaseT for the first time and those who are looking to adapt to the technology. We’ve also had people that usually install IT infrastructure networks, as well as those that are used to installing AV and a few from the electrical market too.”

Following the success of the HDBaseT Installer Expert program, Martin will now be trained by the HDBaseT Alliance in order to become a fully qualified HDBaseT educator, making him the first approved HDBaseT Alliance trainer in the UK. Martin will soon be delivering HDBaseT Training throughout the UK on behalf of CIE-Group and the HDBaseT Alliance.

The next HDBaseT Installer Expert Program training dates will be announced soon, to register visit:

The UK HDBaseT Insaller Expert Program was co-sponsored by – the free AV online training channel – who has added a series of short videoblogs from the training program, available for everyone to view who couldn’t make it on the day!

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About CIE-Group

One of the AV industry’s longest established providers of equipment for the professional audio visual integration and PA sectors, CIE-Group recently celebrated 50 years in business. The company provides innovative, high quality, cost effective solutions from its comprehensive and diverse portfolio of products to meet the demands of the AV, PA, CCTV, communications and OEM electronics business sectors. As master distributor for leading brands such as Inter-M, Atlas Sound, CYP, Clockaudio, Chiayo, Clever Little Box and Switchcraft; they offer a huge choice of amplifiers, loudspeakers, microphones, audio visual signal distribution, induction loops, soundfield, CCTV, cables and connectors - all available directly from source.