by Brianna Crandall — December 20, 2017 — The Continental Automated Building Association (CABA) recently announced the publication of a white paper focused on education and training in the automated home systems and intelligent building sector. CABA is a nonprofit industry association that provides information, education, and networking to help promote advanced technologies for the automation of buildings.
In November, the organization published its Development and Training of a Knowledge-based Workforce for the Intelligent Building and Home Industries white paper and made it freely accessible to industry stakeholders on its Web site. The paper examines the academic training gaps in the connected home and intelligent building industries and the significant shortage of trained professionals in the sector.
The paper works to identify the extent and nature of gaps between the automation market and existing educational providers and develops recommendations to fill the identified training and education gaps and build partnerships and alignment between industry and educational providers.
The intended audiences of the paper include educational providers, including high schools, vocational training centers, community colleges, and universities; along with education, certification, and accreditation bodies; and public agencies related to education and training programs. Other audiences include: sector industry groups and associations; employers in the industry; and individuals and end-users looking to improve their knowledge about building automation.
The paper was overseen by a working group from industry and academia and authored by Helen Heneveld from Bedrock Learning, Inc.; Jeff Gardner from Electronic Systems Professional Alliance (ESPA); Larry Chang from Laney College – BEST Center; JB Groves III from Wharton County Junior College; and Ron Bernstein from LonMark International.
The report can be downloaded from the CABA White Papers Web page once a contact form is filled out or CABA members are logged in.