ProSource, has released the annual State of the Business address video filmed on location at the ProSource Lighting Technology and Learning Center at the Dallas Market Center. Dave Workman, CEO and President of ProSource, recaps the key 2021 initiatives and challenges, focusing on the organization’s commitment to help members grow their businesses. Following the highlights of the State of the Business presentation is a guided video tour of the recently unveiled ProSource Lighting Technology and Learning Center, home to the exclusive ProSource Lighting Technology Certification Level 2 training.

Education has been at the forefront of the organization’s efforts. Since the launch of ProSource University (PSU) in May of 2020, the depth and breadth of the education and training modules has grown exponentially, ProSource reports, generating more than 450 unique courses with more on the way with leadership, sales and project management curriculum in development. Participation in PSU for every member company and their employees is free through 2021.

With business trending up, another challenge that has risen to the forefront of the organization is recruitment and retention. Launched in 2019, the ProSource healthcare program has evolved with new benefits and competitive pricing providing the opportunity for members to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. 

Two new programs were launched in 2021, including the McQuaig Candidate Assessment Solution, which enables member companies to measure the job candidate’s potential for success against powerful benchmarking data. And most recently, ProSource announced the launch of ProSource Academy this fall addressing the pain point of finding qualified technicians with an exclusive three-day hands-on basic training for new installers.

ProSource Academy is a three-day in-person basic training for new installers scheduled for fall 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. The Academy will allow new technicians to gain hands-on experiences in a safe learning environment. Coursework is organized around classroom learning, a workbench practice zone and practical assessments designed to send the new recruit back to their company armed with the tools they need to be a productive member of the team.

“ProSource Academy is an opportunity for ProSource members to directly confront the pain point of finding qualified technicians to further the success of their businesses,” said Dave Workman, President and CEO of ProSource. “As ProSource University marks its first anniversary, we have the platform in place to offer employees a career roadmap shaping their own future. ProSource Academy is designed to jumpstart new recruit employees with a fast-track to productivity.”

According to ProSource, the Academy will stand apart from other introductory programs by communicating back to the hiring manager not only successful completion of the course, but also a holistic score card capturing performance in other key areas like soft skills, demeanor and core values fit. Candidates must complete all prerequisite courses in ProSource University before attending the in-person Academy.

Course content includes:

  • Construction Basics (Residential and Commercial)
  • Safety
  • Tools
  • Cable Types, Wiring Tools and Terminations
  • Design Documents
  • Rough-In Basic Procedures
  • Trim-Out Basic Procedures
  • Retrofit Basic Procedures
  • Jobsite Etiquette and Daily Procedures

The organization is also looking forward to live events that are in the planning stages for the second half of the year, including a Summer Conference for the PRO and Power members in August, a presence at CEDIA Expo 2021, an expanded roster of Town Hall dinners and the inaugural Lighting Certification Level 2 trainings at the ProSource Lighting Technology and Learning Center in Dallas this fall. The annual Summit for the CI members is planned for Spring 2022 in Las Vegas.