CEDIA was founded in the USA in 1989 by a group of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the up-and-coming electronic systems industry.
Their vision was to advocate the needs of the home technology professional by becoming the leading resource, promoting commerce, offering training and aiding in the assembly of a legitimate industry that was at the time considered more of a hobby.
The Association was introduced to the UK in 1996 and has grown into an international association with more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA has come to be recognised as the universal mark of professionalism for businesses within the industry. CEDIA has advanced the industry by developing timely industry education and certification, launching research initiatives, advocacy on legislative issues, building relationships with architects, builders, and interior designers, educating the consumer and recognising industry achievement.