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Keeping your AV training up to date is important in more ways than one. To start with, the technology you deal with in the industry is constantly changing. You’re always going to need to know what the current standards are because your clients are going to want the most optimal options for their AV systems. AV training with industry-standard technology also improves your offerings and your ability to seal the deal on more technician jobs.

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One industry-standard technology you should consider training for is Extron. The company makes over 5,000 AV products that are integrated into systems around the globe for corporate, industrial, retail, educational, and even government organizations. Your credibility as a freelancer is guaranteed to improve if you can offer clients the latest AV solutions this company has to offer.

Perhaps what’s most notable about AV training with Extron is the quality of its program design itself. Continuing education is made accessible and convenient for freelancers who are often pressed for time. Read on if you’re curious what kind of AV training you can expect from Extron.

Convenient 24-Hour Schedule

Extron is one of the many AV companies (like Avixa, Biamp, Brightsign) favouring a flexible, online learning model for their AV training programs. Extron does offer regional training with locations in Anaheim, California, the Netherlands, Singapore, China, Dubai, and Japan, as well as its Extron Institute On the Road. Its online courses and exams have the distinct advantage, however, of being available 24 hours a day. 

Extron wants to facilitate the learning process for freelancers who are strapped for time and might not be able to seek out regional training services in person. All of Extron’s AV training is instructor-led, but there’s an emphasis on keeping the training hands-on with real-world scenarios to contextualize the skills earned. 

Online training also offers freelancers extra resources through Extron’s library of tech overviews, how-tos, step-by-step guides for installation, and systems configuration. Freelancers can choose how much they want to supplement their courses.

Customizable Certifications

Extron’s AV training is not a one-size-fits-all program. None of its online courses, for instance, have set prerequisites. Freelancers of all skill levels can customize a training program that best suits their needs. 

Freelancers should be able to set a learning pace that works optimally with their current work schedule and experience. By recommending prior knowledge instead of insisting on prerequisite courses, Extron leaves it up to the freelancers to determine what courses would serve them best. 

For the Extron Control Specialist Online Certification Program, for instance, the company recommends “a good working knowledge of AV control system design and installation,” successful completion of the Extron AV Associate Certification, and an “understanding of Global Configurator software.” But these recommendations don’t prohibit veteran freelancers who are familiar with Extron from taking the program.

Upgrade and Renew Certifications

Last but not least to note of Extron’s AV training program is that it’s an avenue for certification renewal. You know the renewal process can be time consuming at times, with paperwork and credits to be earned. Fortunately, Extron’s courses earn you not only world-class skills to offer your clients but valuable AVIXA renewal credits to maintain your technology specialist certification as well.

Keeping on top of your certifications impacts your ability to get steady work as a freelancer. Clients who see you’re behind in your certifications might question your capabilities to complete their AV systems, or at worst, assume you aren’t fully aware of industry standards. They wouldn’t be entirely off the mark.

As we mentioned above, it’s essential you stay current with technology trends in AV. Delivering top-quality AV systems is about knowing their components inside and out. Engaging with Extron training could go a long way towards ensuring your expertise!

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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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