InfoComm is the talk of the audiovisual (AV) industry this month… and it’s a great chance to pack an array of educational experiences into a single week. The conference, put on by the International Communications Industries Association® (ICIA®), is a highly anticipated opportunity for AV professionals to see the world’s most comprehensive display of presentation and communications equipment. This year’s show will take place from Saturday, June 5, to Friday, June 11, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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If you find yourself in the Atlanta area, you can take advantage of course offerings across a broad spectrum of specialties, all of which are geared toward helping AV professionals See, Hear and Connect by learning how to relate their practical AV knowledge to the widening IT infrastructure. Courses are available in the areas of Acoustics, Display and Projection, Collaborative Conferencing, Networking and IT, Controls and Interfacing, Signal Distribution, Streaming Media, Video Production, Systems Integration, Project Management, Rental and Staging, Sales and Marketing.

In addition to more than 120 InfoComm Academy courses ranging from 2 hours to 3 days in length, a range of topics are presented by ICIA’s partner groups:

* EduComm Conference for K-12 and Higher Education from District Administration and University Business magazines
* Church Production’s T3 Technical Training Tour
* Projection Summit from Insight Media and the McLaughlin Group
* IMCCA’s Collaborative Conferencing Program
* MCA-I’s Pro Track™ for production and multi-media professionals
* Beyond the Cineplex: A Forum on Digital Cinema for the Pro AV Industry

Students also gather to explore the exciting InfoComm Exhibition, which includes pavilions focusing attention on Conferencing, Lighting and Staging and Streaming Media. ICIA’s exhibitions and conferences are renowned as the foremost marketplace environment for the professional audiovisual systems industry worldwide. Since they are offered through the association for the professional AV communications systems industry, these tradeshows are key to enhancing business for manufacturers, dealers, systems integrators, independent design consultants, rental and staging companies, architects, production companies and presentations professionals.

But if you cannot travel to InfoComm 04, ICIA offers a number of web-based as well as hands-on courses for individuals looking to begin or advance their careers in the audiovisual industry. Designed by experts and taught by professionals from across the technical, sales, management and professional disciplines, InfoComm Academy’s AV education is the industry’s leading professional development resource. Online lessons range from a broad introduction to the AV industry to specialized instruction. Text and testing are accessible via the Internet. It’s a convenient way for AV communications professionals to learn whenever and wherever they prefer. Onsite courses are offered around the world including at ICIA’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. ICIA is also launching access to convenient streamed course content via the Web.

Installation School, sponsored by Crestron Electronics, Inc., and Christie Digital Systems, includes one online course and two 3-day classroom courses. This school provides the fundamentals of the technologies and processes involved in installing quality AV communication systems, as well as the skills and knowledge required to be an effective installation professional.

Design School, sponsored by AMX Corp., includes one online course and three 3-day classroom courses. This school introduces the core concepts of AV systems design and permits more intensive, hands-on chances to explore the principles of design for proper visual display systems, audio systems and control systems; the environment, ergonomics and infrastructure of the presentation space; and how to analyze, select and plan seamless equipment interoperation to deliver a desired outcome.

Rental School, sponsored by InFocus Corporation-Proxima and InFocus Brands, includes an online course and a classroom course designed to provide training in rental applications, equipment and technology and customer service. Rental School Online introduces employees to the industry and helps the more experienced industry professional who seeks practice integrating advanced technologies and handling more sophisticated staging requirements for large-scale events.

Sales School, sponsored by Sony, includes an online course and a classroom course that provide an introduction to selling audiovisual products and an overview of the products sold and their applications for sales professionals requiring in-depth product and technology information to help close the sale.

ICIA offers three courses for AV professionals who need to learn more about networking from an AV perspective. Audio-Video and Control System Networking, sponsored by Crestron e-Control, is an online course that includes the basics of networking, including networking architecture, standards and terminology, and more advanced concepts such as network topology and IP addressing.

Networking for the Commercial AV Professional is a three-day course that offers a practical overview of network basics with a strong technical and hands-on component. Sponsored by Kayye Consulting, Inc., Selling and Integrating Networked AV Systems is a two-day course focusing on the practical approach to selling, designing, and programming audiovisual presentation systems using IT infrastructure.

As the industry leader in education and certification for AV communications professionals, the association has sponsored certification for more than 20 years. The general certification test, which is offered online, poses questions based on four general industry topics: audio, video, systems and display. Successful completion of the test confers competitive advantage through the widely recognized Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) designation. ICIA helps individuals prepare for the CTS test with an online course, The Essentials of the AV Industry. Advanced tests are also offered in Design, Installation, Rental and Staging. The popularity of ICIA’s certification has increased steadily, with a current rate of more than 1,000 tests administered annually.

EduBucks, a form of membership tuition credits, make it easy for members to take advantage of these educational offerings. Companies and individuals who join or renew membership with ICIA automatically receive EduBucks that can be applied to InfoComm Academy training and education programs. When you register for any ICIA education or training program and indicate that you are an ICIA member and you are paying with EduBucks, your enrollment fee is significantly discounted.

In addition to EduBucks, members of ICIA have access to the most comprehensive information, education and peer networking opportunities available anywhere in the industry. Benefits of membership include a listing in the online directory, free access to the InfoComm exhibition, discounts on all market intelligence, the quarterly printed newsletter, and the ability to reach thousands of potential customers through InfoComm iQ, a comprehensive catalog of over 80,000 products from over 400 manufacturers.

About ICIA

The International Communications Industries Association is the premier international trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA serves its worldwide membership and the AV communications industry as the pre-eminent provider of education, exhibitions, and information services to enhance their ability to conduct business successfully, profitably and competently. ICIA’s membership is made up of 2,800 companies and individuals located in 56 countries, representing tens of thousands of AV communications professionals. ICIA presents value to its members as an industry-wide noncompetitive entity. Learn more about ICIA and its educational services at .