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Associations expand their assistance by providing new and different benefits to industry professionals. 10/01/2006 8:00 AM Eastern

Associations Focus: Diversified Focus

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Associations expand their assistance by providing new and different benefits to industry professionals.




InfoComm International
CEDIA
NSCA

INFOCOMM INTERNATIONAL

INFOCOMM'S INSTALLATION CENTER

For the past year, systems integrator members have been requesting access to InfoComm International's highly respected installation educational and reference materials at their company site. InfoComm is pleased to announce that this becomes a reality this fall. Professionals will now have all the tools they need in InfoComm's interactive, one-stop Audiovisual Installation Center. InfoComm is combining reference materials, video, and classes in one section of its website — www.infocomm.org.

A quick trip to the Audiovisual Installation Center gives visitors access to a wide array of InfoComm resources related to AV installation. Because the content can be a bit overwhelming for busy employers, they can watch a four-minute video, Customize Your Company's AV Install Program, for a quick overview of all that is available. Individuals are able to watch similar videos aimed at their areas of interest.

Key to this rollout is the new AV Installation Best Practices manual. This easy-to-use notebook contains best practices refined by experts at the InfoComm Academy. The book includes step-by-step procedures loaded with color photographs illustrating key practices for cable termination, rack building, cable handling, and mounting, as well as a glossary. It's a great way for supervisors to show their staff how the job should look when it's done right.

The center also features new assessment tools. Employers can evaluate whether employees have learned what they need to know to do the job, or to determine what skill areas need improvement. Depending on their certification type, CTS holders can earn renewal units by visiting the Audiovisual Installation Center and registering for an online, multiple-choice test on the best practices in the AV Installation Best Practices manual.

The Audiovisual Installation Center also includes information on InfoComm's new AV Installation Practices: Part One Training Library. This library provides entrance into InfoComm Academy's Installation School right from a desktop. The advantage of the library is it provides access to content in smaller chunks, so installers can learn or refresh their understanding of specific information as they need it.

Supervisors charged with training new people may not have the training materials they need to instruct effectively. The AV Installation Practices Library provides access to InfoComm's highly respected training materials, including instructor manuals, assessment tools, and streamed presentations — all in small segments to make it easy for supervisors and staff to learn what they need, when they need it. It also links to updated content as the industry debates and fine-tunes best practices.

Current modules include: Introduction to Audiovisual Installation, Terminations, Cable Handling, Rack Building, and Mounting. To give one an appreciation of the depth of the material offered, the Audiovisual Installation Center offers visitors free access to the entire Cable Handling section — a sneak peek of the valuable information offered.

The Audiovisual Installation Center is also the place to go to link to relevant white papers, install classes, and the online installation class. A new best practice discussion area will be a cornerstone of the new Center, providing insights to readers and a forum for commenting on industry best practices. We think the installation community will want to check this discussion area frequently to see what everyone is talking about and to provide feedback on best practices.

By year's end, InfoComm will be launching a redesigned website to better serve the needs of the industry. The new site will feature additional areas organized by subject matter and will make it easier to find the information that is most relevant to AV technicians, supervisors, business owners, and others in the industry. Please visit www.infocomm.org for updated information and to view other new centers as they become available.


Associations Focus: Diversified Focus

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Associations expand their assistance by providing new and different benefits to industry professionals.




InfoComm International
CEDIA
NSCA

CEDIA

CU ON THE ROAD

CEDIA University's CU On the Road is slated to make its first fall pit stop Oct. 11-14 at Middle Atlantic Products in Fairfield, N.J. CU On the Road has something for everyone and is designed to make it easy for you to get trained, certified, and back to work with the confidence and knowledge you need to do the job right.

Here are just a few of the opportunities that CU On the Road has for you:

  • Core curriculum courses
  • Certification review/exam opportunities
  • Full-day intensive training workshops
  • Opportunity to gain CEU credits
  • Smaller class sizes.

For a complete listing of curriculum and certification offerings at Middle Atlantic Products, visit www.cedia.org/education. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at 800-669-5329 or email cuotr@cedia.org.

UPCOMING OCTOBER BOOT CAMPS

Electronic Systems Technician Basic Residential Boot Camp

CEDIA University is now offering the new and improved Electronic Systems Technician Basic Residential Boot Camp at CEDIA Headquarters in Indianapolis, Oct. 17-19, 2006. All of the presentation materials, graphics, video materials, and labs have been upgraded to keep up with the ever-changing industry. In just three days of short lectures, hands-on workshops, and training with top-of-the-line instructors, you'll gain the basic skills necessary to succeed in the custom electronics industry.

For more information regarding EST Basic Residential Boot Camp opportunities or to register, log on to CEDIA's Website at www.cedia.org/education/bootcamp.php. Make CEDIA EST Boot Camp a regular part of your training. Register today.

For more information on CEDIA, visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.

CEDIA Calendar of Events


Oct. 11-14

CU On the Road
Fairfield, N.Y.
Middle Atlantic Products, Inc.

Oct. 13

Installer Level I Review & Exam
Thornhill, Ohio
Mobile Dynamics

Oct. 17-19

EST Residential Boot Camp
Indianapolis

Oct. 20

Installer Level I Exam
Indianapolis

Oct. 24

Installer Level I Review & Exam
San Diego
AVAD

Oct. 25-16

Installer Level II Review & Exam
San Diego, CA
AVAD


Associations Focus: Diversified Focus

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Associations expand their assistance by providing new and different benefits to industry professionals.




InfoComm International
CEDIA
NSCA

NSCA

THE CONVERGENCE PUZZLE

Convergence is a term that our industry tends to view with confusion or outright disdain as mixed messages have been tossed around about this topic for the last decade. Whether we like it or not, there is a trend in our industry to blend technology sectors. NSCA has dedicated resources to finding the new definition of convergence and determining how this trend will benefit not only members of our association, but also the industry as a whole.

In August, NSCA convened a Convergence Summit of manufacturers, contractors, and consultants from all specialties in the commercial electronics systems industry, in order to discuss the definition of convergence. It was determined that a strict definition may never exist. However, the group was able to benchmark the effects of convergence on the industry to date, and start a road map for how the industry could take the driver's seat and guide the direction of convergence in coming years. The first step was to determine what kinds of training we'll need to implement in a converged world.

NSCA continues to evolve the concept through education and outreach. Additional information from the Convergence Summit will be released at the 2006 NSCA Fall Business Conference, October 26-28, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

SYSTEMSPLUS INSURANCE SAVES MEMBER UP TO 20 PERCENT

NSCA members continue to see considerable cost savings compared to other insurance quotes with SystemsPlus P&C and SystemsPlus Surety. One systems integration firm reports that the SystemsPlus rates on General Liability with E&O for alarm came in 18 percent to 20 percent lower than competing quotes.

SystemsPlus Insurance is a program developed specifically for the commercial electronic systems industry, providing dedicated staff and policies to protect the two things that are most important to your business: your people and your assets. Quotes are free for members and non-members. However, you do need to be a current NSCA member to participate. Just call (888) 864-5455 for your quote today.

MORE EDUCATION AT EXPO 2007

NSCA University is ramping up for the 2007 Systems Integration Expo in Orlando, Fla., and is bringing even more of the industry's top educators to the conference to teach the core and advanced classes that are key to our industry. The roster already includes more than 70 courses that range from intensive two-day hands-on workshops to forums that discuss the latest technology and installation challenges. Pre-expo education begins March 13, 2007, and registration for those courses is open at www.nscaexpo.org.

All attendees of NSCA Expo education have the opportunity to build hours, called Learning Units or LUs, toward a Certificate of Completion in one of the six colleges of NSCA University. You can earn up to 16 of the 24 hours necessary to be awarded your certificate at the 2007 expo and be on your way to completing this program this spring. Learn more about the Certificate of Completion program at www.nsca.org/CCP.

HARMAN PRO GROUP DONATES $10,000 TO NSCA EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Harman Pro Group continued its commitment to advancing industry initiatives with its recent $10,000 donation to the NSCA Education Foundation. 2006-2007 foundation initiatives include support of continuing education for industry professionals, expanded outreach programs to students in courses of study that lead toward careers in the commercial electronic systems industry, and funding assistance for research projects and tools such as CSI MasterFormat04 expansion tools.


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