LONMARK to offer proficiency certification

LONMARK International announced it is developing a new program to test and certify industry professionals in their knowledge of LONMARK® Open Systems. The new program will target individuals that install, integrate and maintain systems using LONMARK certified products. The Association is developing a multi-phase program, whereby individuals will be able to become certified at various technical levels based on proficiency testing.

The first level of certification will determine basic LONMARK technology proficiency. Subsequent tests will support mid-and advanced-levels of certification for competency involving LONMARK Open Systems.

Test candidates will be able to leverage a number of existing education programs supported around the globe. For example, an existing text book: the LONWORKS® Installation Handbook (ISBN 978-3-8007-2906-7) is available to assist candidates in preparing for the first level exam. Additional sources of preparation are available through standard courses offered by a variety of providers worldwide.

“Our goal for this program is rather simple – increase the number of qualified installers and integrators in the market,” said Barry Haaser, executive director of LONMARK International. “There are literally thousands of interoperable products available in the market. As use of LONMARK products increases, we need additional qualified people available to install, commission, integrate and support them.”

An international group of subject matter experts within LONMARK International recently met to establish the foundation for this important program. The subject matter experts defined the domains, task statements, and related knowledge and skills that will be required to describe the work of the certified installer accurately and completely.

The program is currently in the development stage and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2006.