An internet of things certification program is launching in California, but the first to go public won’t be a hub for the tech industry.
The California State Board of Education (BSOE) will open the first phase of the Certified Internet of Thinges (CIOT) program to anyone who wants to learn how to make devices that connect to the internet and control other devices, including robots and electric cars.
The program will require participants to have at least a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science and the ability to write code.
They will also need to have an Internet of things experience, a high school diploma, a certification from a state agency or organization, or have at most a high-school diploma and a GED.
The first batch of participants will be selected by a panel of judges, with the first batch expected to begin enrolling this fall.
The IBEW says the program is designed to educate the public on the importance of internet of thing security and IoT devices, and will also provide educational resources for educators, businesses and consumers.
The company says the initial cohort of applicants will have been trained by an IBEW Certified Internet Of Thing Specialist (CIOTS) and are working on an independent certification.
The company says it will offer up to two certificates, but could also provide a one-time certificate.
A BSE spokesperson told Tech Insider that the program will provide a hands-on learning experience for students in both engineering and software engineering.
The state board is currently considering whether to launch the program next year.