SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lonmark International announced its new program to test and certify installers, professionals, and integrators of LonMark® Open Systems. The program provides a worldwide standard of proficiency for individuals that install, integrate, and maintain systems utilizing LonMark certified products. The program is expected to launch in November 2006. LonMark has developed a multiphase, standardized testing program with local-language support whereby individuals can become certified at various technical levels via Web-based proficiency testing.

The title, LonMark Certified Professional, the first certification designation LonMark is offering, will apply to people passing the basic test. It will provide a person with the credentials associated with a basic knowledge level of LonWorks® technology including terminology, basic architecture, network management tools, basic network engineering, system design, configuration, wiring, termination, routers, network interfaces, advanced system diagnostics, and human-machine interfaces (HMI) integration.

This certification would apply to network integrators such as HVAC, lighting, security, and building automation and controls engineers. The LonMark Certified Integrator designation is for companies that have on staff at least one LonMark Certified Professional. This designation may also be used by regional LonMark affiliates to further certify companies according to local or regional requirements.

Future phases of the program will offer designations for installer or technician level certification targeting an electrical or mechanical level installer. Plans are also underway for expert area certification in areas such as enterprise integration, advanced system architecture, and advanced system diagnostics.

"The foundations for ensuring the highest quality of training have been set. This is about providing the LonMark value-add and we are proud to be able to provide this service for qualified installers and integrators," said Ron Bernstein, executive director of LonMark International. "It is anticipated that specifiers will look to LonMark Certified Professionals as the only qualified people to work on LonMark Systems and the certification will become a standard requirement in open system specifications."

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Publication date: 10/02/2006