CTS Renewal 2017

The Certified Technology Specialist certification must be renewed every three years. My CTS is now valid until Feb 28, 2021. Renewal requires 30 renewal units in the form of extra-curricular trainings, webinars, trade classes and such. To my delight I was able to more than fulfill this requirement as I'm sponging up every possible opportunity. The AV industry is fast-paced so it's my intention to become saturated with as much exposure as possible. Certification Renewal
Maintain Your Advantage: Renew Your CTS Credential
CTS certifications are awarded for a period of three years. To maintain your certification, you must complete minimum levels of continuing education during each three-year period and must reaffirm your commitment to the CTS Code of Ethics and Conduct. This ensures that the CTS program meets the ISO/IEC/17024:2012 accreditation requirements as administered by ANSI in the U.S.

InfoComm is now AVIXA

InfoComm has changed names to AVIXA. AVIXA™ is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 5,400 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, technology managers, IT professionals, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence and thought leadership.

Basics of Crestron

Completed on September 6, 2017, this series of videos is designed to help you onboard and get to know Crestron, provide an overview of many of our different solutions and to begin to differentiate between the features with in our more popular product lines.

Dante Certification

I am Dante Certified Level 1 - how groovy is that???   Dante CertificationThe Dante Certification program provides an easy way for system designers, engineers and others in the industry to learn about Dante with in-depth training and promote their expertise. The certification program demonstrates your Dante proficiency to potential employers and clients. The certification program currently has two levels, but the goal is to add additional levels, as well as specializations by industry role in the future.

Dante Certification Level 1 - Introduction to Dante

Level 1 certification tests proficiency of basic Dante audio networking concepts, and covers audio networking fundamentals, basic networking concepts, creating a small-scale Dante network, and using Dante Controller and Dante Virtual Soundcard

The User Experience: Proper Image Size

This webinar was hosted by Canon describing InfoComm's image size standards.  How big of a monitor is needed in a space? image-sizeThe question of selecting the proper display size versus the audience viewing distance has been asked for over four decades in the AV industry. Up to this point there has not been an exact formula that has undergone true scientific scrutiny. The variable has always been the viewing criteria for the application, and the fact that different viewing purposes will require different viewing distances, screen sizes and font sizes. For years, the commercial AV industry used a general rule, called the 4-6-8 Rule. It simply stated that there are three viewing criteria, and a maximum viewing distance, based on screen height: • Inspection viewing – 4X Screen Height • Detailed viewing – 6X Screen Height • General viewing – 8X Screen Height Recent work and scientific research shows that, while originally functional, this is now understood to be a less accurate approach. New standards have been developed to address this accurately. We will take you through the laws of physics of visual acuity as well as the new ANSI standard and then provide real world formula, calculators, and examples to support this enlightened approach.

AutoCAD 2016 Certificate of Completion

Completed "Up and Running with AutoCAD LT 2016," an on-line course from Lynda.com.  This helps create and edit flow diagrams for AV systems and rack elevations. AutoCAD Hit the ground running with AutoCAD LT, the 2D drawing software from Autodesk. Starting with drawing basic objects and concluding with simple printing and plotting, this course will guide you step-by-step through developing your CAD skills with AutoCAD LT. Author Shaun Bryant will get you to a point where you can drive AutoCAD LT on your own: navigating the interface, creating objects such as polylines and dimensions, and deftly organizing your projects with layers.
Topics include:
  • Opening DWG drawing files
  • Starting a new drawing
  • Saving drawings
  • Drawing lines and shapes
  • Working with the Snap and Grid features
  • Editing objects
  • Organizing drawings with layers
  • Inserting blocks
  • Creating layouts
  • Adding text
  • Hatching
  • Adding and editing dimensions
  • Printing your drawings

Extron AV Associate Certified

banner-extron-aI'm now certified with the AV Associate Certification Program Here's the description from Extron's website about the AV Associate Certfication
Establish Your Knowledge of AV Technology Our online training is designed to give you an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of audio, video, and control fundamentals along with a greater awareness of systems technologies and improved troubleshooting skills. Completing the AV Associate Certification Program provides the following benefits: • Increased familiarity with AV technologies • In-depth knowledge of Extron products and applications • Excellent opportunity for new hires to get up to speed quickly • Extron Certified AV Associate official recognition • Solid foundation for future Extron certifications • 10 InfoComm® renewal Units (RUs) for maintaining InfoComm CTS certifications • Obtain prerequisites for other Extron Certifications Acquired fluency and expertise in any field saves valuable time and money, and ensures a higher level of customer service and satisfaction. By enrolling in the AV Associate Certification Program, you'll achieve industry-wide accreditation, while giving your customers the peace of mind they deserve.

Crestron Programming 201

This is the second of three training classes available by Crestron. This training offers troubleshooting complex systems with multiple touch screens and serially controlled devices connected via RS-232 or TCP/IP. During the instruction, we learned new methodologies to make easily scalable programs. Crestron Programming 201