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Installation School Level 1:
Installation Technician

USA | Sep 24-26, 06
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Lead Installation Technician

USA | Oct 25-27, 06
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Installation School Level 1: Installation Technician

The Basics of
Audio and Visual
Systems Design:
Revised Edition
The ultimate
resource to find the diverse set of physics, electronics, ergonomics and design that makes up the audiovisual industry.

Available at the
InfoComm Store

Great class. Scott really took the time to break things down and make sure that we understood the fundamental concepts behind the information.
Matt Harrison, OneSource

 Sponsored by: NEC Solutions, America




InfoComm Academy® Installation School Level 1: Installation Technician is the first of two classroom courses in the InfoComm Academy® Installation School.

Three Easy Ways to Register 
Contact an InfoComm International® training counselor at 703.273.7200 or 1.800.659.7469, e-mail sales@infocomm.org, or register online today!

InfoComm Academy Education Calendar 
See when this and other courses are offered by viewing our Education Calendar.


Completion of the Essentials of the AV Industry online course or a general Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) designation is strongly recommended, as is completion of the Installation School Online.


There is no time allotted for instruction to fill gaps for students who attend the classroom course and who are not prepared by taking courses in sequence.



This course is aimed at the new installer with six months to a year on the job. Attendees should have some knowledge of AV equipment and installation tools, familiarity with signal types and levels, experience with electronics soldering, crimping, and the basics of audio interconnection. Please note that the course provides instruction on proper soldering equipment, supplies and techniques, including lab time for hands-on practice. However, if this is a first soldering experience, students will not be given enough practice to be considered proficient, as this usually requires more experience. This course is strongly recommended for anyone considering taking the Certified Technology Specialist-Installation (CTS-I) exam.


CTS Renewal Units

This course provides 24 renewal units (RUs) towards InfoComm certification renewal.


Course Description

Installation School Level 1: Installation Technician prepares the new installer to work in an AV installation environment and to know basic tools, products and methods for completing a proper installation. It provides a foundation for cabling, terminating and mounting, which are the basis for all installation products. It also prepares the new installer for more advanced topics covered in the InfoComm Academy® Installation School Level 2: Lead Installation Technician course and other continuing education sessions.

This course is 60% hands-on and 40% classroom. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

Installation Technician Role and Job Site

  • Explain installation technician role
  • Explain difference between client-occupied space and new construction
  • List basic jobsite safety rules

Working with Documentation

  • Read and interpret AV systems’ diagrams
  • Describe the function of architectural drawings
  • Describe a reflected ceiling plan and what may be found on it

Cable Handling

  • Discriminate among many types of cable and cross reference a cable

Cable Termination

  • List at least four methods of cable termination
  • Explain the importance of proper pin out
  • Prepare and terminate typical AV connections


  • Explain why we use solder and list four elements of effective soldering

Cable Labeling

  • Describe a proper cable label and labeling methods

Rack Assembly

  • Explain equipment rack units
  • Build an integrated system rack
  • Read and interpret a system diagram
  • Set equipment in the proper places
  • Explain rack ventilation principles

Signal Levels

  • Explain how cables carry electronic information
  • List at least eight types of signal levels
  • Explain signal separation practices
  • Explain cable bend radius limitations

Electrical Conduit and Boxes

  • List four types of electrical boxes or enclosures
  • List four types of conduit
  • Describe the concept of conduit capacity

How to Plot a Cable Route

Cable Pulling Tools and Methods

  • Describe safety concerns when pulling cable
  • Describe pulling tension limits for cable
  • Build a cable pulling device (snout)

Code Awareness

  • Describe a construction code, the NEC and list AV installer codes

Audio Systems

  • Contrast series and parallel connections
  • Contrast direct connect and transformer coupling
  • Explain how to use an impedance bridge
  • Use the Power/Voltage/Impedance formula

Testing and Troubleshooting

  • Use a multi-meter safely to measure continuity and an impedance bridge to measure load

Control Systems

  • Describe six ways to control AV equipment
  • Define distance limitations for RS-232
  • Describe at least four typical modules
  • Describe the programming required

Video and Display Set Up

  • Define aspect ratio
  • Calculate screen dimensions
  • Describe projector orientation
  • List three project placement dimensions
  • Define a keystoned image
  • Adjust screen image for optimum clarity

Structural Mounting Principles and Practices


Time Commitment

This classroom course, is three days long, eight hours per day, plus three hours of evening work. Students should be prepared to work in the evenings of the first two days of class when attending this course.






Installation School Level 1:
Installation Technician



Note: InfoComm International members may apply EduBucks toward up to 50% of the course tuition when offered in Fairfax, Va.

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