Do You Have an Open Door Policy?
For many of us, climbing the company ladder means eventually getting an office. An office means a door. The risk in closing that door is the echo chamber it creates, potentially stifling open discussion and innovation. Is your management style to close the door or leave it open? One AV executive shares his thoughts on the All Voices Blog.
Explore Three-Day Training at InfoComm 2015
You know those Rocky movie montages of Sylvester Stallone training super hard for his next fight, usually with a catchy pop song playing in the background? Now picture yourself working just as hard, but with less sweat, at one of the popular three-day courses during InfoComm 2015. This year, InfoComm University™ has several in-depth options to choose from, from an all-new three-parter for tech managers to the career-building CTS Prep. Learn more and cue Eye of the Tiger.
Symbols Standard Released
InfoComm, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s (CEDIA) R10 Residential Systems committee announced the publication of ANSI Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. This new standard defines a common set of blueprint icons that represents all facets of pre-wire and installation of electronic systems, products and devices in residential and commercial environments.
Get the standard free of charge.
The InfoComm T-Shirt Contest is Back!
Don’t let us wear plain white tees at InfoComm 2015. Enter our 2nd annual T-shirt contest! Put your design skills to the test and help us create a stylish shirt to represent InfoComm 2015.
Submit your artwork by Sunday, April 19, to be considered. Enter now.
Almo Professional A/V E4 AV Tour: Next Stop L.A.
The Almo Pro A/V E4 Tour continues this month with a stop in Southern California on April 21. The event will take place at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and, as always, is complimentary, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.
Last month in Chicago, Almo ProA/V “fully charged” nearly 500 resellers, integrators and consultants with an action-packed day of training, networking and new products on the first stop of its spring 2015 E4 AV Tour. The tour featured the HDBaseT Installer Expert Program, which was made available for the first time outside of a major industry trade show. With a packed house of more than 100 attendees, the 90-minute training session was delivered by industry expert Max Kopsho, CTS®-D, CTS-I, a certified trainer for the HDBaseT Alliance. Those who participated received an HDBaseT Expert Certificate and 1.5 InfoComm CTS Renewal Units.
According to Melody Craigmyle, Vice President of Marketing for Almo Professional A/V, “It was fantastic to see so many Chicago-area attendees at our event, which nearly doubled in size since the last time the tour stopped here. In talking with those who went to the HDBaseT training, many were there simply to learn about the connectivity standard and how to incorporate it into their businesses. Others looked forward to receiving the renewal units and the expert certificate, which they felt would help get their foot in the door for future projects.”
Last Day for InfoComm Award Nominations
Do you know pioneers in the industry or others who have made a difference in your career? Nominate them for a 2015 InfoComm Award. Browse descriptions of the awards, which will be handed out this year at InfoComm 2015, including the new CTS Holder of the Year Award. But don’t delay. Today is the last day for nominations. Act now.
Taking a CTS Exam at InfoComm 2015?
At InfoComm 2014, 174 professionals added the Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS) designation to their names. Are you ready to join them at InfoComm 2015? If you’re thinking about taking a CTS exam in Orlando, in addition to taking a free practice exam or a virtual or online course, consider doing what many of your peers do: take courses onsite before taking the exam.
InfoComm 2015 will feature the CTS Testing Drill and CTS-D Testing Drill, one-day sessions for quickly drilling into the areas you need to focus your study time. And if you want to take a deep dive, consider one of the three-day prep courses — available for every CTS designation.
To sign up, edit your InfoComm 2015 registration and filter by “certification preparation” to explore prep options. Ready to book your exam appointment? Scheduling is now open, but test appointments are limited and fill up quickly, so don’t delay.
Michael Vergauwen Fund Scholarship
Do you know any exceptional university students who plan to go into AV? Nominate them for the Michael Vergauwen Fund Scholarship, established by the International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF). Applications are due by May 1, 2015. Learn more.
Serious AV-Specific Training
With InfoComm University's new hands-on workshops and sessions focused on the foundations of AV, you'll find a seminar or full-day session to bolster your expertise at InfoComm 2015 in Orlando. There will be advanced courses for fine-tuning your solutions, classes on emerging technologies and networked AV systems training. Edit your registration and filter by track or topic to explore sessions.
Do Your Training Classes Need an Attendance Boost?
Nearly 10,000 Certified Technology Specialists are seeking renewal units (RUs) in order to maintain their credentials. How many of those CTS holders should be attending your industry training? Here are some of the ways InfoComm’s RU Provider Program can help grow both your training efforts and your business:
- Reach a new audience. RU Providers are listed on InfoComm's website for CTS holders to browse.
- Marketing support. You'll receive a marketing tool kit with customizable templates to help with your promotions.
- More time to focus on your program. CTS holders will be able to add your courses to their transcript online, without any of your staff time to make it happen.
Plus, with your enrollment in the RU Provider Program, you will receive one-on-one support to help guide you with the process.
“The RU Provider Program is a good fit for SynAudCon. Many of the people who attend our training are CTS certified. Applying the RUs gained from our training to their CTS renewal is a great plus for them. We're delighted to participate and grateful that our training is listed among the RU Provider participants.”
— Brenda Brown, Principal Owner, Synergetic Audio Concepts
Learn more and apply at infocomm.org/ruprovider.
Create Your Own AV Design Adventure
Here’s how you do it: Choose an AV Design course at InfoComm 2015, then enroll in one or two of InfoComm University’s AV Design Online courses, which you can complete before or after the show. Take the online versions whenever you'd like — and at your own pace — to complement your in-person training.
Learn more about the design program at infocomm.org/designer.
Then edit your InfoComm 2015 registration and filter by “design” to explore prep options.
A New CTS-I Exam Resource
If you excel at learning from books, the just-published CTS-I Exam Guide from InfoComm International and McGraw-Hill Education is a complete study resource. You can fit this self-paced prep work into your schedule anytime, anywhere.
Learn more and order your copy. And stay tuned for news about the CTS-D Exam Guide, now in the works.