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Onboarding entry-level AV freelancers isn’t just time consuming, it distracts some of your greatest technicians on-site from completing milestone tasks. Yet, as a project manager, you’ve probably noticed the need for worker flexibility has gone up in recent years. AV projects have become more prevalent, and this can stretch your permanent staff and go-to subcontractors thin. It pays to hire freelancers. Training AV freelancers doesn’t have to be a headache, however.

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There’s a new online training program called installation microcredentials that you should be using to onboard new technicians. The program consists of three classes that are taught in the form of several videos and covers three vital installation tasks: pulling cable, terminating cable, and mounting equipment.

You might have your doubts. You might be asking, “Is distance learning as effective as on-site training?” We can easily quell some of those doubts by giving you the details on how the program works!

Developed by AV Industry Peers

Installation microcredentials were designed by fellow experts in the AV industry. The courses were designed by professionals like Travis Lisk, Certified Technology Specialist-Installation (CTS-I) and Vice President of Technical Operations at Advanced AV, and Farrell Wood, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Technology Specialist-Design (CTS-D), CTS-I, and National Quality Assurance & Training Manager at Whitlock.

You can rest assured this training program works.

Installation microcredentials were developed to solve the problem of training entry-level technicians in a way that’s efficient and imparts industry best practices. The program aims to solve the challenges of diverting your senior technicians from their project tasks to train new workers.

Project managers can rest easy knowing AV freelancers who have passed the three courses the program has to offer are masters of the basics.

The Program Primes Entry-Level Technicians for Further Certifications

The developers of installation microcredentials realized there was a gap between entry-level and intermediate to expert-level training. This made it difficult for new technicians to gain the basic skills they needed from available certification programs, like the CTS program, which assumed candidates have previous experience.

Since installation microcredentials are aimed at the beginner, they show students the ropes. By teaching themthe basics, these technicians will be more likely to achieve advanced certifications in the future.

Not only will you have new technicians on-site who can hit the ground running in nearly every AV project, you will have technicians who can easily upgrade their skills whenever necessary.

You might find that you’ll have more expert technicians on deck in less time!

AV Freelancers Get Easy-to-Spot Digital Badges

Sometimes, half the trouble with sorting through all the different applications submitted by freelance technicians is a lack of easily identifiable certifications.

AV technicians of all levelsare guilty of not making their certifications transparent enough for project managers to make note of. Microcredentials offer a unique way for recruiters and project managers to spot experience at a glance: digital badges.

These digital badges can be displayed on technicians’ online profiles, in their e-mail signatures, in their digital portfolios, and more. The microcredential badges will state clearly that they possess a certification for pulling or terminating cable and mounting equipment Immediately, project managers will know they’re qualified.

If you haven’t considered implementing installation microcredentials for AV freelancer training, you should! It could save you a lot of time and bolster your AV team’s talent.


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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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