Advance announces that its Advance University interactive ballast training website has been officially approved by the National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors for the “NAILD Lighting Specialist” (LS) certification program.
In order to achieve successive levels of certification within the Lighting Specialist program, NAILD members are required to complete and demonstrate successfully their knowledge of a range of lighting courses and skills. Completion of Advance University’s first-level course, “Ballast Basics 101,” which covers basic information about ballast technology, is now a mandatory requirement towards NAILD certification as a Lighting Specialist 1 (LS1).
Said NAILD President Bill Hurd, “We are delighted to recognize and promote the high-quality ballast training offered by Advance University. A key element within the NAILD Lighting Specialist certification program, mastery of Advance University modules will help enhance the effectiveness and success of our specialized lighting distributor members, support the promulgation of good lighting practices, and continue to maintain the NAILD’s position as a leading industry association in the lighting arena.”
Advance University is an on-line ballast training program currently offered in four course levels. The first level, “Ballast Basics 101,” covers ballast basics. The second level, “Ballast Basics 201,” covers more basics and also features ballast troubleshooting techniques as well as an introduction to many newer lighting technologies. Level 3 provides an overview of the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting standard and its use in creating new and powerful lighting designs. The new, fourth-level course, “The ABC’s of High Intensity Discharge (HID) Ballasts,” is designed to help students understand, evaluate, and specify HID ballasts, both magnetic and electronic. Each course consists of numerous lessons and is followed by a short quiz. Students who successfully complete each level can print out a personalized Certificate of Completion.
Advance University is accessible at www.advanceuniversity.com and is open for enrollment to anyone at no charge. Currently, over 10,000 students of all types have registered for Advance University and benefited from their access to this invaluable industry site.
About the National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors (NAILD)
The National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors (NAILD) was founded in 1977 by a small group of lighting distributors. Since then it has grown to well over 180 members. Membership in the association is made up of Specialty Lighting Distributors and Vendor/Manufacturers of lighting goods and supplies used in the operation of specialized lighting distributors. Among other objectives, the NAILD aims to increase the effectiveness and profitability of the specialized lighting distributor through educational programs, provide updated information relative to the distribution of lighting products, enhance membership awareness of supplier marketing programs and develop targeted marketing programs for members, and promote the need for and benefits of good lighting.
Advance, a ballast manufacturer based in Rosemont, IL, offers a full line of electronic and magnetic fluorescent and magnetic and electronic HID ballasts as well as a broad family of drivers for LED light sources. Advance is a division of Philips Electronics North America.