I've been reading Rod's thread about the Cedia courses with some interest, and I've got the brochure in front of me Basically I work in IT infastructure and I'm fed up with the whole IT world - this is also the first job I've had which is more or less desk bound, and although I've been doing it for about 6 years, the sitting down all day still bugs me. I've got a real interest and enthusiasm about Home Cinema and especially Home Automation, we've just moved into our new home and I've just about finished cabling it with a full complement of CAT 5e, COAX and speaker cable for the Russound whole house audio I've also got a strong technical background, from installing Jukeboxes and background music systems in Pubs, to running the entire technical operation of a Shipboard Casino (including installations). Pop over here and click on 'Casino Royale - take a tour ' to see one of mine - 4 months in a Finnish shipyard working on that one, and I still hate the carpet Anyway, this is starting to sound like a job application which wasn't my aim, (but if anyones interested, my CV is waiting ) what I was really interested in is an idea of how many employment opportunities there are for someone with a complimentary skill set, but no direct experience of custom installs ? Would completing the Cedia Installer courses really make a difference in employability - or is direct experience a must ? Really interested in any responses/suggestions as I would love to make a go of it as an installer. Ta Kevin.