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Associations Focus: Advancing Knowledge

Offering trade show education, training on the road, and year-round educational programs.

Associations Focus: Advancing Knowledge

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Offering trade show education, training on the road, and year-round educational programs.

InfoComm International





This year, InfoComm 06, to be held June 3-9, 2006, in Orlando, Fla., offers more of everything to AV pros. There’s more technology — more than 10,000 products are being shown; more training — more than 250 sessions will be offered; and more networking — 28,000 others involved in AV and information communications make InfoComm their annual must-attend trade show. Platinum show sponsors include Barco, Crestron, Extron, Sony, Tandberg, and Telex; gold show sponsors include Christie Digital and Thomson Grass Valley.

An expected 750 companies will showcase cutting-edge solutions in audio, video, displays, digital signage, lighting, projection, collaborative conferencing, networking, and many other areas. Pavilions and special demos help visitors focus on specific areas of technology: Digital Content Creation, Digital Signage, Audio, Collaborative Conferencing, Lighting and Staging, Audio, and EduComm’s “Tomorrow’s Classroom Today.”

The brand-new System Programming and GUI Design Gallery, sponsored by Crestron, highlights the creative results of the work of independent programmers. The Large Venue Display Gallery, sponsored by Extron, offers the latest in HD projection and display for sports venues, concerts, and other applications.

InfoComm visitors can also immerse themselves in audio demo rooms and HD conferencing demos, as well as rigging and staging demonstrations from The ESTA Foundation.

With all there is to see at InfoComm, be sure to take advantage of InfoComm Connect, a service that matches your interests with available exhibitors and sessions to help you make the most of your time at the show. All registrants receive information about using InfoComm Connect.

Educational offerings round out the InfoComm experience, with sessions of all lengths and types available from InfoComm Academy, EduComm (for higher education and K-12 administrators), Syn-Aud-Con (a four-day design class for audio experts), IMCCA (on all types of conferencing), the Projection Summit’s fifth annual conference, CMMA (providing instruction for media managers), Network Computing’s AV-IT Educational series, POPAI (providing a digital signage track), and the Loudspeaker and Speech Intelligibility Workshop from Technology Visions, in addition to training provided by InfoComm exhibitors. Yes, it’s a lot to take in, but the sheer scope of the professional instruction is aligned with InfoComm’s scope as the Information Communications Marketplace.

InfoComm Academy has planned nearly 100 two-hour seminars and four workshops with brand-new sessions focusing on project management, digital signage, AV/IT, homeland security, staging, live sound, advanced audio, HD, edge blending, wireless, and more.

Super Tuesday workshops on June 7 include the all-new “Designing in the Digital Age”; “Digital Signage”; “Government and Corporate AV Information Security”; “Is the Residential Market Right for Your Company?”; “Rental & Staging Management & Operations”; and the executive-level, Project Management Institute-endorsed “Project Management Overview” — along with other intensive hands-on training.

The Institute for Professional Development, held June 3-5, includes “Design School Level 2: Facilities Design” (new); “Lighting for Videoconference and Presentation Spaces” (new); “Project Management: Competencies and Structure” (new), customized for the AV industry and approved by PMI; “Certification Prep”; and several others.

Members of InfoComm can keep even busier by participating in the annual council and committee meetings held at the show. If you are a member, check the schedule for details.

Technology, education, events, networking, solutions, and real-world applications — you’ll find it all at InfoComm 06. Register today at

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Associations Focus: Advancing Knowledge

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Offering trade show education, training on the road, and year-round educational programs.

InfoComm International





The opening keynote speaker for the 2006 CEDIA Expo, to be held Sept. 13-17 in Denver, is William Leszinske, general manager of the Networked Media Platform Group within Intel’s Digital Home Group. He previously served as the Intel Viiv technology platform manager. Leszinske has extensive experience in sales and marketing. In 2004, he formed the Digital Home marketing team within Intel’s Desktop Products Group. He also served as director of Chipset and Software Marketing for the same group. Prior to joining Intel, he was a regional applications manager for one of the world’s largest computer companies. Leszinske will be speaking on Sept. 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Also speaking at CEDIA Expo this year is Steve Forbes. Forbes is president and CEO of Forbes and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine. Since Forbes assumed his position in 1990, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses, including Forbes FYI, the irreverent lifestyle supplement; Forbes Asia; and Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Polish editions of the magazine. Forbes also publishes the Gilder Technology Report, as well as a number of investment newsletters.

In 1996, Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Now receiving more than 10 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decisionmakers and investors. Other company divisions include: Forbes Conference Group and Forbes Custom Media. Steve Forbes will be speaking on Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the CEDIA Annual Meeting and Membership Luncheon.

For more information on these keynote speakers and for additional information about CEDIA Expo, visit


CU On the Road is in full swing, and from May 17-20 Lutron Electronics will host CEDIA University’s Electronic Systems Project Management (ESPM) core curriculum classes; Business (ESB) and Customer Relations (ESCR) seminars and full-day workshops; and the Installer Level II review and exam. CEDIA Certified Instructors (CCI) will be onsite. Also, Lutron will be offering free manufacturer product training. This will be the last time in 2006 that CEDIA University education will be offered on the East Coast, so don’t miss this great opportunity.

Event Schedule:

  • May 17-18 — ESPM core curriculum classes
  • May 19 — ESCR and ESB seminars and Installer Level II certification review
  • May 20 — ESCR and ESB full-day workshops and Installer Level II certification exam

Event Location:

  • Lutron Electronics
    7200 Suter Road
    Coopersburg, PA 18036

For hotel information, detailed education offerings, and to register, visit Questions? Email CEDIA at [email protected] or call (800) 669-5329.

CEDIA Calendar of Events — May 2006

CU On the Road
May 5-8
Vancouver, British Columbia

Designers’ Awards Deadline
May 5

EST Residential Boot Camp
May 9-11
CEDIA Training Facility, Indianapolis

CEDIA Mexico Regional (4a Jornada Educativa)
May 12-14

Installer Level I Exam
May 12
CEDIA Training Facility, Indianapolis

Installer Level I Review & Exam
May 12
Media Dynamics, Thornhill, Ontario

Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards Deadline
May 12

CU On the Road
May 17-20
Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, Pa.

Installer Level I Review & Exam
May 25
ADI, Louisville, Ky.

For a complete list of CEDIA 2006 events, visit

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Associations Focus: Advancing Knowledge

May 1, 2006 12:00 PM

Offering trade show education, training on the road, and year-round educational programs.

InfoComm International





In order to foster the growth opportunities that come with advancing knowledge, NSCA offers numerous education and training opportunities throughout the year.


New to these offerings is the NSCA Certificate of Completion Program (CCP), launched at this year’s Systems Integration Expo conference and exhibition. Now, participants in NSCA University programs can work toward a Certificate of Completion, which will be awarded after they attain 24 Learning Units (LUs) over three years within one of six new colleges: College of Allied Professionals, College of Business, College of Project Management (courses designed for project managers and support staff) College of System Design, College of Systems Sales, and the College of Technical Knowledge.


Industry members can take advantage of an opportunity for management-level training at the annual NSCA Fall Business Conference, scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2006, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. This two-and-a-half-day conference offers practical tactics for growth through its Executive and Management seminar tracks. Kicking off the top-tier training this fall will be keynote speaker Pat Richie, founder and president of the Sports Leadership Group. Richie has more than 20 years’ experience teaching leadership, ethics, and business, in addition to three Super Bowl Rings earned during his time with the San Francisco 49ers.


Perhaps the most important education is increasing customer awareness. As revealed in the Second Quarter 2006 Market Intelligence Briefing just made available by NSCA, all of the most significant factors associated with the commoditization of electronic systems relate to customer groups being under-educated about the importance of quality electronic systems and all the aspects of design, product, and execution. The majority of respondents to the survey indicated that they view commoditization as either a moderate or high current threat to the industry.

EXPO 2007

Making the industry’s value known to the customers will require continuing education and certification efforts, which makes that crucial time when NSCA education once again converges with the technology exhibition at the NSCA Expo 2007 all the more important. The show will take place March 15-17, 2007, in Orlando, Fla. The numbers at Expo 2006 prove that NSCA education leads the industry: Course enrollment was up 15 percent over that in 2005, and more than 23 percent of courses and seminars were sold out.


As a further testament to the success of NSCA’s education programs, at the expo this year, the NSCA Education Foundation announced a $10,000 contribution from Lectrosonics — the company’s third contribution in four years. Lectrosonics is a Gold Club supporter of the foundation, with a total contribution of more than $25,000. The foundation supports the educational efforts of professionals entering the industry and industry members seeking continuing education.

NSCA University Education and Certification Calendar

May 10-11 — C-EST Two-Day Review, Chicago

May 11 — Project Management registration deadline, Boston

May 11 — C-SI One-Day Review, Chicago

May 12 — C-SI and C-EST exam, Chicago

May 12 — C-EST Online Review Deadline for Kansas City, Mo., exam

May 18-19 — Project Management, Boston

May 19 — C-EST Online Review begins for Kansas City exam

June 9 — C-SI Online Review deadline for Kansas City exam

June 16 — C-SI Online Review begins for Kansas City exam

June 26 — C-SI One-Day Review and Exam deadline, Kansas City

June 26 — C-EST Two-Day Review and Exam deadline, Kansas City

July 10 — Project Management registration deadline, Kansas City

July 17 — C-SI One-Day Review, Kansas City

July 17-18 — C-EST Two-Day Review, Kansas City

July 17-18 — Project Management, Kansas City

July 18 — C-SI Exam, Kansas City

July 19 — C-EST Exam, Kansas City

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