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AV freelancers: Whether you’re green to the industry or a senior technician who’s up to date with the latest trends, you need to garner some manufacturer certifications. Relevant knowledge and expertise may be one of the traits the best AV companies look for in their techs.

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Manufacturer training offers you not just latest industry technical knowledge and skills, but it gives your job profile a major boost in validity. And when you’re an AV freelancer who can officially boast an Extron training digital badge, companies will know at even a glance that you’re a worthy candidate.

Want to know more about how AV freelancers benefit from Extron training? Check out the major highlights of the program below.

Boost Your Performance Credibility

Besides Extron being one of the most renowned AV brands, with over 5000+ products on the market, it is a company that’s always keeping current with the latest industry trends. For instance, Extron (along with QSC) is dedicated to developing an innovative open-source platform based on Python to improve long-term AV design and scalable technology.

When you get certified with Extron training, you’re sending a message loud and clear to potential AV companies and buyers out there that you’re a competitive and forward-thinking AV freelancer. Extron training provides courses on its control and configuration systems, and it offers a school for emergent 4K technologies as well.

Being Extron-certified means being a bleeding-edge technician who can bring a variety of practical skills to the table.

Flexible Training Makes You Versatile

Extron training is offered in two formats: online and instructor-led courses. This leads to greater accessibility. If you’re a busy senior technician, you can lean more heavily on the video courses and online resources (“How To” videos, product instructions, articles and whitepapers, etc.). If you are a new AV freelancer and want to complement your online training with instructor-led courses, you can learn a lot about networking and providing exemplary customer service. 

As with many manufacturer training options that have been popping up in recent years, Extron training is all about allowing AV freelancers to gain experience at their own pace. So, you can maintain your search for steady work while you steadily improve your performance levels.  

There are several options for certification specialties with Extron: 

  • AV Associate (to establish familiarity with industry-knowledge)
  • Control Specialist and Professional (which make you an expert in Extron ProSeries Control Systems)
  • ProDSP Specialist (become knowledgeable about configuring and managing Extron’s Audio DSP Processors and AV Switchers)
  • XTP Systems Engineer and Technician (which establish your reputation as a digital systems installer)

Intimate Knowledge of Best Practices

Last but not least, AV freelancers benefit from Extron training by gaining intimate knowledge of the industry’s best practices. Extron certification earns you credits for continuing education at AVIXA and BICSI, world-class AV organizations, as well. You’ll come out of any Extron program with a well-rounded base of best practices for AV controls, configuration, programming, implementation, and customer service.

Manufacturer training is a boon, especially to new freelancers in this regard, as you need to possess both the technical hard skills to design and install complex AV systems and vital soft skills in communication and organization for proficient customer service. Extron’s manufacturer training is particularly excellent because it balances hard and soft skill training, and allows you to keep your schedule open for work opportunities.

These days, keeping your skills up to date as an AV freelancer can be tricky if you’re relying only on onsite experience or in-person courses alone to earn your certifications. Extron training benefits you in numerous ways because it recognizes that, for AV freelancers, as with many fields outside of the industry, the gig economy is the new status quo.


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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