Freelance audio visual technicians must be versatile if they want to ensure a long and fruitful career.
To design and install the best AV systems, technicians must be well-schooled in industry standard technology and best practices. Otherwise, they risk delivering solutions that can’t address a client’s needs. In worst-case scenarios, an AV system does more harm than good and sullies the reputation of the AV company attached to the poor performance.
If you’re a technician looking to gain or improve your audio visual technician skills, check out our list of seven certifications below.
1. Installation Microcredentials
AVIXA (previously known as InfoComm) offers essential installation courses for technicians who are new to the AV industry. These courses cover basic audio visual technician skills, like pulling and terminating cable, as well as mounting equipment.
These courses are taught online through a series of videos, which have technicians complete hands-on activities. Technicians must have their work approved by AVIXA’s instructors, who they’ll have access to throughout the program.
Technicians who complete the courses also earn digital verification badges, which they can display on their job profiles and e-mail signatures.
2. Certified Technology Specialist (CTS)
To build off your foundational skills, you should also consider getting your Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification from AVIXA as well. This certification centers on the best practices of AV solutions, including design, operation, and implementation. Those certified as certified technology specialists also gain insight into how to be proficient managers of AV projects.
AVIXA offers subsets of this certification for those who want to specialize in AV system design (CTS-D) or installation (CTS-I). Like the Installation Microcredentials program, digital badges are offered for CTS certifications and can be earned online.
Crestron is an industry standard for AV technology. It offers high-quality multiroom solutions for both audio and video. Crestron also specializes in hardware and software to enable easy collaboration within organizations and with international business partners.
Although Crestron’s certification program is only available to authorized dealers and partners, it’s well worth becoming associated. The program will teach you the audio visual technician skills you need to become an expert at installing and programming Crestron solutions.
Crestron Certified Programmers have the advantage of not just a digital badge but access to a host of perks. The most noteworthy perks are access to a beta test site for all new Crestron software and an invitation to its annual master’s class for continuing education.
If you really want to be on top of industry standard certifications and skills, follow up your Crestron training with Extron. Its program is also taught online, is available 24 hours a day, and has many resources in the form of a library of tech overviews and tutorials.
Extron is known internationally for its AV interfacing, networking, and control products. Being certified by Extron will all but guarantee the AV systems you design function optimally.
Extron’s program also doubles as a way to earn renewal units (RUs) for any CTS certifications you hold.
5. Bright Sign
Once you’ve covered all the general and intermediate certifications, you’ll want to look into upgrading your individual audio visual technician skills. Bright Sign’s certification program will make you an expert on 4K digital signage.
This certification program is also free, in addition to being online, to encourage technicians passionate about the visual side of AV to learn about installing and presenting world-class displays.
Biamp focuses on audio hardware and software, offers free training like Bright Sign, and is designed with self-guidance in mind. Biamp’s training will bring you up to speed with all its products for audio solutions and earn you more RUs as well.
Lastly, it’s important that you consider earning an AV certification that trains you for designing home AV solutions. The home AV integration market is currently booming, and you’d be amiss if you weren’t able to include offerings for AV on a smaller scale. CEDIA’s certification will prepare you to handle everything from retrofitting to home theatres.
Certifications and skills are key to getting steady work as a freelancer. Study up and you won’t regret it!