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The HAA has been providing the industries best audio and acoustics training for over 20 years.  Our graduates include some of the best integrators and manufacturers in the business.  HAA Certifications are recognized throughout the Custom world as the mark excellence and professionalism.

HAA Training Goes Online!

We’re proud to announce the new partnership between HAA and CEDIA Academy. The first step in this collaboration is the introduction of the HAA Level One online course. This training is focused on the CEDIA Custom Integrator however it is available to non-CEDIA members as well. The course is a 10 hour class divided up into 10 information packed modules. It is modeled after our famous HT1 course. The course follows the HT1 curriculum, but contains much additional content based on years of answering questions posed by previous HT1 students. It’s designed for basic students as an introduction but it delves deeper into topics appropriate for more advanced students. The course prepares the student with relevant home cinema fundamentals and then dives into an in depth process for designing high performance rooms. In essence, it is an immersive home cinema design course.

In essence, it is an immersive home cinema design course.

It is the new prerequisite for the new HAA Level Two and Level Three courses. CEDIA members receive a discount off of the $600 registration fee. Non-CEDIA individuals (including Enthusiast members of the HAA) must register with CEDIA to gain access to the course and all the CEDIA Academy courses. You can see how to register with CEDIA for free once you click the Enroll button. This is a free registration, joining CEDIA as a member is a separate process. A follow-on HC2 online course modeled on the HAA HT2 lecture will be forthcoming. Attendance at our Workshops will be based on completion of these online courses. Certification as HAA Level One (HT1) will be based on an exam taken on this site upon completion of the HAA HC1 online course. The new online HAA Level One course provides 10 CEDIA CEUs upon completion. More information on the new Level One online course below.

HAA Training Overview

We cover important discussion topics like Dolby Atmos, high channel count systems, new acoustical treatment strategies, a new more efficient calibration process, and more. Sessions are fun and extremely useful for the Pro who wants to be the best.  In addition, we prefer to think of our Pro Graduates as members of the HAA.  The purpose of this website is to provide the best after-the-class support to aid in problem solving and to continue the learning experience.   We are available to consult by phone or digitally to make sure you are successful.  Small room acoustics is a technical endeavor and we realize one trip to a class may need some refreshing.  For that reason we offer alumni students generous discounts to attend additional training.

  • In depth technical explanations geared for an integrator to become an expert or the expert to become the best!
  • Learn the latest state-of-the-art techniques to design acoustically perfected listening rooms including correct speaker, seating, sub-woofer, and acoustical treatment placement; there’s more here than just angles and rules-of-thumb. Learn to adapt based on the room!  
  • Follow-on support via the HAA community and web portal.
  • True hands-on work during the Integrator and especially the Advanced Integrator Workshops.
  • Time tested and recommended training with new ideas for maximizing sonic performance: HAA has been training integrators for many years. 
  • An introduction to professional listening techniques in the Integrator Workshop.
  • Extensive listening training in the Advanced Integrator Workshop.
  • Correct use of audio analysis tools (RTA, FFT, ETC) and use of the AVPro Report Writing Software.
  • Equalization training and, in the Advanced Integrator Workshop, actual calibration of a parametric EQ.
  • Small class sizes; Advanced Integrator Workshop is limited to 6 students.

Upon completion of the certification tests, you’ll earn the HAA certifications and permission to use these logos on your website and business cards.  If its been over a year since you’ve taken the HAA HT1 course, you’ll need to take the online HC1 class presented by CEDIA Academy discussed above to take the HT2 course. The HT2 course is the prerequisite for the HT3 Advanced Integrator course.

HAA HT1 Home Cinema Design Certification (now online as the HAA Level One course): This class teaches the fundamentals of proper Home Theater acoustical design. It provides the central requirements of a high-performance design based upon state-of-the-art scientific research and extensive field experience. The concept of the “Acoustical Framework” is introduced as the central design concept explaining the importance of all acoustical elements in achieving a delicate balance based on their inter dependency. The list of guiding metrics of design success are also introduced with discussions on how the acoustical framework and acoustical treatment strategy can be understood to be the central controls of performance. The course lays the groundwork for further more advanced understanding of small room acoustics by introducing the student to the most important industry acoustical terms and their technical descriptions providing an important grounding for the Professional. It’s ideal as an introduction to small room acoustics for all professionals, but it offers totally new insights on high performance design for more advanced students as well. It’s also a must-attend class for theater designers, AV sales people, project managers, and every integrator. We’ll discuss professional design requirements for room construction and room layout. There’s new ideas here that you likely haven’t heard about. While the material is technical, the class will focus on creating a clear understanding using basic terminology and discuss ways for integrating proper acoustical design with modern interior design preferences. It includes a step by step design of a typical room but discusses many possible variations. The class details key elements of acoustical design including multiple subwoofer placement, optimized seat positions, LCR placement around a video screen, screen placement, high channel count surround and top speaker placement, and the most thorough discussion of acoustical treatment strategies to date. It explains best practices for client discussions, and how technical excellence and knowledge can drive business goals.

HAA HT2 Integrator Certification (2 days): This is an advanced how-to design/calibrate class evenly split between class room training and a hands-on workshop. While created for integrators, it is great for designers, project managers, and even enthusiasts. The class leverages the HT Design principles introduced in the HT Adviser class with more technical explanations and examples. It discusses acoustical principles to create a deeper understanding of HAA design standards aiming to prepare the student with better problem-solving skills. The class begins with the HAA TurboCal Workshop designed to start you running with an efficient and practical audio calibration process; we will calibrate a live system during the workshop. Training high points include learning how to use an FFT and RTA analyzer, how to be a pro listener, calibration documentation, advanced sub-woofer calibration, speaker and seating placement, and designing a practical acoustical treatment strategy. Prerequisite is previous HT1 class attendance within the past year. Don’t forget there are discounts for retaking classes for past HAA Students.

HAA HT3 Advanced Integrator Certification (2 days): This workshop is an all hands-on session designed to bring all the prerequisite training to the test. This class pulls all the information and techniques from the prerequisite classes into a fantastic review and cements the concepts for the most complete understanding. The student is teamed with no more than 5 others who are tasked to incrementally design and calibrate a high-performance system. Nothing less than amazing results is allowed. The team is asked to complete the HAA PowerCal process including several eye-opening instructor-led learning sessions conducted with your audio system. You’ll understand subwoofer placement, room modal analysis, speaker/seating placement and acoustical treatment design from both a theoretical and experiential point of view. Our rule is that nothing is changed without measuring and hearing the difference the change creates. This class will forever alter your perspective on audio and reveal new opportunities in building high performance systems. Prerequisite is previous HAA HT2 Integrator class attendance within the past year.

What to bring: You are welcome to bring your laptop and test gear for tool specific advice, but it is not used in the class: Laptops and test gear will be provided.  Workshops use the AudioTools Audio Analysis package for iPad and the HAA Audio Calibrator Kit.

Lunch is provided but lodging and travel are not.  Cancellations are not allowed within 30 days of the event. Refunds are not possible but an effort will be made to accommodate you in the next available class within one year.


Signup as an Enthusiast or HAA Pro Candidate Member to be eligible to register. Its free, quick and painless. Click here to become an Enthusiast or HAA Pro Candidate.

In order to qualify for discounts on class retakes you must be a current HAA member.

See pricing and packages by clicking the “Register” button below. For more information or to call with your questions contact us at (618) 580-9556  or email at admin@homeacoustics.net.

HAA Certifications will earn you CEDIA Continuing Education Unit’s.

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To earn your CEU’s, simply provide CEDIA with a picture of your HAA Certificate, and reference the appropriate CEU# listed below.  Click on the CEDIA logo to the left for more information.
HAA HC1 – 10 CEU’s           CEU#    CEUP707
HAA HT2 – 16 CEU’s         CEU#    CEUP708
HAA HT3 – 16 CEU’s         CEU#    CEUP709

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