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As an AV project manager, you might have heard about installation microcredentials produced by Infocomm International and how they can make your hiring process easier. Microcredentials are poised to make an impact on AV project manager’s struggle to land qualified freelance technicians for integration projects.

So what are microcredentials? They are a grouping of basic install skills and best practices for technicians taught via an online program. Technicians complete a series of in-depth video lessons, hands-on exercises, and mandatory photo and video submission for approval by course instructors. At the end of the day, technicians earn a digital badge.

Microcredentials are an exciting new way to bring new technicians up to speed on vital skills. When they successfully complete the program, they’ll have the online certificates to show for it.

Want to know specifically what microcredentials mean for an AV project manager? Read on for 5 benefits that will make your AV projects run much smoother.

1. Digital Badges Signal Qualified Candidates

The installation microcredential program offers badges to technicians after course completion. These badges can live on the technician’s profile, broadcasting these skills to potential employers.

How many times have you found that determining what skillsets a technician had was difficult via their online profiles? Considering the competitiveness of the online job market these days, it’s inevitable that candidates at all skill levels will be tweaking their profiles to appear the most qualified.

The digital badges earned from installation microcredentials act as a way for an AV project manager to locate the truly qualified and their specific skills. And since microcredential courses require candidates to do hands-on exercises, their badges will signal practical experience.

2. A Learning Program Developed by Industry Experts

Perhaps the biggest guarantee you can have as AV industry professional regarding the legitimacy of microcredentials is that the program is developed by AV peers. Candidates who exhibit their digital badges don’t just have clout because they’ve done hands-on work in the courses. Technicians learn installation skills from industry professionals, meaning that they are boning up on standards for best practices, too.

For instance, the act of submitting proof of hands-on exercises will instill in technicians the value of communication with their fellow technicians while showing timely proof of milestone work. How often as an AV project manager have you dealt with freelancers who did not keep regular communication? What about lack of updates with sufficient evidence for your clients that the project was on schedule and meeting expectations?

The AV peers that designed installation microcredentials took all this into account.

3. Improve Onboarding

Needless to say microcredentials make onboarding new technicians more efficient. Those technicians that complete all available courses will know how to pull and terminate cable as well as mount equipment.

You won’t have to waste any time getting new technicians to understand the basic tasks of a project and your expert technicians on-site won’t have to show them the ropes for very long at all. 

4. Keep Your MVP Technicians on Task

Since AV freelancers you hire with badges for microcredentials need little to no training, your most valuable technicians can stick to whatever their current in-depth task is. Your expert technicians will have few distractions from new technicians on site, and will have competent back up when needed from the qualified newbies.

5. New Technicians Will Have an Easier Time Integrating

For those entry-level technicians with microcredentials, there are few worries to be had about integrating easily with your current AV team. They may still be green about all best practices, but the installation microcredentials program gave them a pretty good taste of what an average day on site will require.

Microcredentials are here to streamline the hiring and onboarding process for talent. Take advantage of them.

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Paul Weatherhead

Paul Weatherhead

Prior to founding AV Junction Inc., Paul worked for a tier one AV systems integrator in an operational management capacity for 10 years. His knowledge and experience have helped him oversee hundreds of system integration projects in a variety of industries. Paul’s leadership skills as matched by his sense of humour and easygoing nature. When he’s not at work, you can find him outdoors, exploring new places or spending time with family and friends.

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