This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry.
Craig DiLouie, LC, CLCP, Lighting Industry Journalist, Analyst, and Marketing Consultant
The rapid adoption of lighting controls necessitates an educated workforce that can properly design, install, and commission lighting systems. The majority of energy codes require a broad range of controls in new commercial buildings, and the development of wireless control signal communication is now accelerating adoption in existing buildings as part of light-emitting diode (LED) upgrades.
To address these needs, the Lighting Controls Association, administered by NEMA, developed the Education Express online education system. Education Express consists of more than 30 courses covering the gamut of lighting control strategies, technology, application, design, commissioning, and energy codes. Recent additions include courses on ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013/IECC 2015, tunable white lighting, centralized intelligent lighting control systems, and an update to the LED control course. Users can earn education credits at any time and at their own pace.
Courses are registered with the National Council for Qualification of the Lighting Professions, awarding education units toward maintenance of the lighting certification. Courses are also registered for health, safety, and welfare learning units with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Five courses are recognized as prerequisites for California/National Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program training and certification. The entire curriculum serves as the basis for earning the Certified Lighting Controls Professional certification administered by the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies.
Since the program launched in 2006, some 27,000 students have completed 215,000 courses and taken 150,000 tests for credit. Registration is quick and provides access to all courses. Visit lightingcontrolsassociation.org and click the Education Express box.