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Get Certified: Programs to Enhance AV Skills

As team players in the workplace we’re all asked, from time to time, to step outside our core skill set and contribute in new ways to meet new needs. When it comes to new audio visual technology, a broad foundation in both audio visual industry trends and information technology is key, but many people are only trained in one side of the equation or the other. Many organizations offer certification programs to help bridge this gap. Keep reading to find the certification program that’s best for you.
Are you an IT professional tasked with taking on audio visual responsibilities? A program that focuses on core audio principles and practices is a good place to start.
SynAudCon offers a series of training modules available in online and in-person classrooms. The goal of these training modules is to relate technical audio visual system concepts to everyday principles you are already employing in your work. Topics range from how to set up and operate a system, to how to design and optimize your own integrated audio visual system.
The variety of delivery methods offer flexibility and the training modules build on each other, shortening the learning curve significantly. To help you decide where and how to get started, check out SydAudCon’s course matrix and self-evaluation quiz.
Are you an IT professional looking for more technical proficiency in integrated audio visual systems? Consider pursuing a certification program with the Society of Broadcast Engineers. These certifications, available for both radio and television broadcasting, include engineering, operating and networking specialties, and each certification lasts for five years. The basic certification, Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT), will provide you familiarity with networking hardware for business and audio visual applications within broadcast facilities.
Are you an IT professional looking to expand on basic audio visual systems training you already have? Many of you may already have or be aware of the InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification, but InfoComm also offers several enhancements to that general training.
The CTS-D—AV Systems Design Specialization prepares you to be an audio visual systems designer who assesses client’s needs, designs audio visual systems, prepares audio visual design documents, and coordinates and collaborates with other professionals to create audio visual systems that satisfy clients’ requirements.
The CTS-I — AV System Installation Specialization trains you to install and maintain audio visual systems by following specifications, schematics, codes, and safety protocols; administering installation process logistics; troubleshooting and problem-solving systems; maintaining tools and equipment; and communicating with clients, designers, other trades, installers, and staff to provide the best audio visual solutions for client needs, on time and within budget.
Finally, if you are an IT professional looking for training on vendor-specific audio visual equipment, many audio visual manufacturers offer online and in-person classroom training designed to increase your familiarity and proficiency with their specific audio visual tools.
If you fall on the other side of the equation, an audio visual professional looking to build information technology capabilities such as security and system networking, there are certifications for you, too.
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, offered by ISC2, is the most comprehensive vendor-neutral option available. The training material draws on a global body of knowledge and prepares you to address new security threats, execute new technologies, meet new regulations and standards, and stay up to date on the latest IT security practices. Classroom, live online, on-demand, and private training are all available.
To qualify for this certification program, you must have at least five years of cumulative full-time, paid work in two or more of the following eight domains:

  • Security and Risk Management
  • Asset Security
  • Security Engineering
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Operations
  • Software Development Security

Cisco offers five levels of network certifications. Entry certifications are best suited for individuals interested in starting or enhancing a career as a networking professional. In the Associate training modules, you’ll begin working directly on network installation, operations, trouble-shooting and design. Professional, expert and architect certifications are also available. The Cisco career guide can help you decide which training course to pursue.
Whatever you need to enhance your skill set and meet your new job responsibilities, there’s a certification for that. Tell us: would additional AV or IT certifications improve your job experience and performance? Which of these certification programs sound best to you?

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