Part of making a commitment to install Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Whole Home Control system was agreeing to attend a 3-day training course to become a certified installer. Bryan signed up for the March 8 to March 10 course that was held in Palm Desert, California.
We met with Neil Moodie of Schneider Electric at our project site on November 29, 2010 and then Bryan toured their Experience Center in LaVergne, Tennessee on January 6, 2011. After evaluating our alternatives, we selected Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Whole Home Control system for our project.
The lead trainer for Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Whole Home Control system in the U.S., Duke Dunsford, took the opportunity with this training class to ‘train-the-trainer’ so we were fortunate to have both Duke and Darryl Warren as trainers for the 3-day training class in Palm Desert.
The objective of the class was to provide an overview of the components in a C-Bus Whole Home Control system, and configure those components in an integrated system that included relays, dimmers, thermostats and other devices. At the end of the course, the participants were qualified to use Schneider Electric’s C-Bus Toolkit and PICED software.
The instructors used computers with projectors so the entire class could see the presentation material and the configuration software. There were special hardware kits that contained the all the components in a typical system (e.g., switches, dimmers and relays, and lighting loads). The learning modules included exercises to configure the lighting control system software to manage the components to meet the stated requirements.
We covered a lot of ground in the training course and they were flexible in delivering the course to meet the needs of the participants. Bryan found it particularly valuable to learn about other projects and to leverage their leading edge requirements. As well, he could apply the course immediately to our situation and discuss potential solutions to our challenges.
The course was excellent, and the network of contacts made at the course will be invaluable.
Oh, the facility? Spectacular! It was an incredibly beautiful setting and a great, high tech facility that created a great learning environment.