Advance Transformer, Rosemont, Ill., announced that its Advance University interactive ballast training Web site — www.advanceuniversity.com — has been accredited by the National Association of Independent Lighting Distributors for the NAILD Lighting Specialist (LS) certification program.

Members of the association seeking certification as a lighting specialist must successfully complete and demonstrate their knowledge of a range of lighting courses and skills. Advance University's first-level course, “Ballast Basics 101,” which covers basic information about ballast technology, is now a mandatory requirement toward certification as a Lighting Specialist 1 (LS1).

Advance also announced the addition of a course called “The ABC's of High Intensity Discharge (HID) Ballasts” to its Advance University Web site.

The course is designed to help students understand, evaluate, and specify HID ballasts, both magnetic and electronic. Consisting of five tutorials, the course covers HID lamp and ballast basics and concludes with an explanation of the operating details and benefits of increasingly popular electronic HID technology.

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