The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), administered by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), has published Education Express, a free online education program authored by Zing Communications principal Craig DiLouie and found on the LCA website, www.aboutlightingcontrols.org.
The program, which provides education about lighting controls and controllable ballast technology, application, system design, and commissioning, consists of three courses: Introduction to Lighting Control, Switching Control, and Fluorescent Dimming. Advanced-level courses, including Daylight Harvesting, will soon be added. After registering, users can customize their learning experience by selecting the course modules they wish to take. Each concludes with an optional online comprehension test.
Through the site, participants can access modules, see those that they have completed, review tests they have passed, and download certificates of completion, which award continuing education credits that can be used toward certification maintenance accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for its Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP) program and the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) for its LC (Lighting Certified) Program. The courses are currently in the application process with the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) for its Certified Lighting Management Consultant (CLMC) certification.
According to DiLouie, about 600 students have signed up in the first three weeks, indicating a high level of interest for controls education. For more information on Education Express, visit