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 London | Jan 15-17, 07

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USA | Dec 09, 06
Design School Level 1: The Principles of Applied AV Design
Sydney | Mar 4-9, 07
Bangkok | Mar 7-9, 07
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Fairfax | Dec 03-05, 06
Design School Level 3: Systems Design
USA | Dec 06-08, 06
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Sydney | Mar 7-9, 07
Principles of AV/IT Integration
ISE - Amsterdam | Jan 29-31, 07

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Instructors for this course represent years of industry experience and a thorough knowledge of InfoComm's courses and certification exams.

"After being in the CTS prep course, I felt that through learning and discussing the information in a classroom environment, I was able to understand and retain it ten times better. The instructor was knowledgeable and actually entertaining to learn from …I  wish more of my classes followed their suit!”

Natalie Neal
AV Specialist, GrayHawk Systems

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InfoComm Academy launches Certification Prep

InfoComm International� curriculum at your company!

Over 4,500 AV professionals have their CTS designations.
Get ready to join them!

Certification Prep, a three-day classroom course, prepares you for the general Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam. If you prefer to learn n a classroom environment, this is an opportunity to work with an instructor and participate in exercises that clarify key concepts provided in InfoComm's Essentials of the AV Industry online course.

At the end of the three-day program, you may choose to take the written CTS exam.

Three Easy Ways to Register 
Contact an InfoComm training counselor at 1.703.273.7200 or 1.800.659.7469; e-mail sales@infocomm.org or register online today!

2006 Course Dates
Offered in Belgium, New Zealand, Australia, India, Mexico, UAE, Holland, UK, South America, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and USA

Suggested Study
None. If you are brand-new to the industry, InfoComm Academy's Quick Start to the Audiovisual Industry provides a more thorough introduction to roles in the audiovisual industry and the most basic introduction to technology concepts. If you need more repetition to help you learn and are using this course to prepare for the CTS exam, completion of InfoComm Academy's Essentials of the AV Industry online prior to attending is another tool to help reinforce your classroom learning.


Audiovisual technicians, managers and support staff in their first six months to a year of hire, who understand the context of their job and how the industry works but need depth on the technical side.


CTS Renewal Units

Since this is a course to prepare individuals for the first level of InfoComm certification, it may not be used for renewal units (RUs) toward InfoComm certification renewal.


Course Description
The content for this course comes directly from InfoComm Academy's Essentials of the AV Industry online course. The goals of this course are to educate AV professionals on the science and technology behind audiovisual systems and lead professionals toward certification achievement. InfoComm's philosophy is that if you know how and why things work, you will be able to apply this knowledge to new technologies and applications as they develop and to solve problems and meet your client's needs (or your own).


The Essentials of Audio
Follow the audio path from sound waves and how we hear, to acoustics and what we hear, to the audio signal and electronic processing, and finally to the listener and effective communication of a desired message.

  • Describe characteristics of a sound wave and explain how sound is qualified, quantified and compared.
  • Define acoustics, and contrast direct, reflected and reverberant sound.
  • Explain the process of audio transduction, contrast microphone characteristics and describe microphone performance parameters.
  • Summarize the functions of audio mixers, switchers and various signal processors.
  • Identify and describe the equipment needed to transduce audio signals into sound.
  • Compare and contrast analog and digital audio signals and explain how digital signals are created and processed.
  • Identify and describe loudspeaker systems.
  • Identify signal distortion and feedback and summarize how it occurs.

The Essentials of Visual
Follow the visual path from the dynamics of light, to visual display components, to display technologies and the signals used, and finally to the viewing environment and display system setup.

  • Describe characteristics of light and explain how light is qualified, quantified and compared.
  • Contrast front- and rear-screen projection, describe the effects of screen gain and hot spotting and explain how projector brightness is compared.
  • Contrast analog and digital displays, summarizing progressive and interlaced scanning and how pixels build images.
  • Identify monitor and projector technologies and summarize how they work.
  • Summarize how various video signals are created, encoded and decoded.
  • Describe the primary equipment and functions in video signal production, recording and distribution.
  • Describe the computer data display signal and special considerations it is given in a visual display system.
  • Describe the functions of focus, clock, phase and center, and summarize how adjustments for brightness and contrast are made.
  • Summarize the factors that establish image quality with respect to view placement.

The Essentials of Systems
Learn about types of audiovisual systems, typical subsystems in an AV system, and primary functions and components.

  • Summarize how an audiovisual system is created, identifying the parties involved.
  • Summarize the general goals of a lighting system.
  • Contrast types of conferencing systems and the type of equipment used.
  • Describe the relationship among current, voltage, resistance, impedance and power in an electrical system.
  • Identify various cables and connectors used in signal management systems.
  • Explain the purpose of a control system and its primary components.
  • Define basic computer systems terminology.
  • Describe applications of audiovisual networking.

Time Commitment
This classroom course is three days long, eight hours per day. Students have the option of taking the general Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam in writing starting at 3 p.m. of the third day. This is a 90-minute exam that can be graded onsite upon completion.





Certification Prep



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


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