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Tampa, FL, United States, 2006/11/02 - Audio Visual Innovations (AVI), the industry leader in providing state-of-the-art audiovisual presentation, communication and collaborative solutions, today announced the Tech Academy©, a technical training and career path program for AVI employees.
The company is the first integrator in the industry to develop a formal training program to award continuing education credits from InfoComm International, the foremost international industry trade and accrediting organization. Due to the rapid expansion and organic growth of AVI and changing technology over the past several years, the company has been challenged with their growth outpacing the availability of highly trained AV technicians in the labor market. Tech Academy© was created by AVI to provide a continuous flow of highly trained and knowledgeable employees versatile in multiple audiovisual technologies in the industry. Prior to the creation of AVI Tech Academy©, continuing education credits for level II technicians could only be earned through InfoComm or third party training from vendors. Training employees in-house enables AVI to ensure standards and procedures are consistent throughout all divisions within the company.
“We invest a significant amount of the company’s resources back into the employees, their training, and their future in the industry because they are our most important asset and critical ingredient for the company’s competitive edge,” said Jim Colquhoun, CTS-I, Vice President of Technical Services. “Being recognized and awarded credits by InfoComm International is a big win for Tech Academy, and is a third party validation for the programs we are offering AVI employees.”
“Nothing is more important to the continued advancement of the audiovisual industry than quality education and training,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director, InfoComm International. “I commend AVI for its commitment to excellence and development of their impressive Tech Academy.”
Since the program’s inception in March of 2006, 50 employees have passed and have received continuing education credits through the AVI Tech Academy©. The program offers five continuing education levels associated with complexity and an increasing knowledge of technology in the audiovisual industry. Within each additional level of expertise and experience, employees are able to track and project their career path within the company, in addition to receiving compensation based on continuing education credits earned. Credits earned are applied toward the Renewal Units for the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS), the industry’s regulated model of training, or credits earned may be used toward any level of InfoComm certification. To date, AVI has been awarded continuing education credits from InfoComm for the Tech Academy: Tech II program, and will continue to work with InfoComm to secure additional education credits for future Tech Academy programs.
Tech Academy© meets several times throughout the year training employees on the latest audiovisual technology, techniques and procedures. After a three and one-half day workshop employees are required to pass a formal comprehensive exam in order to ensure each topic has been mastered and for the employee to earn the renewal units. Internally, the Tech Academy© tracks all employee credits to determine goals achieved and benchmarks toward the employee’s professional development plan.
About Tech Academy
AVI Tech Academy© is the only formal audiovisual systems integration training/school available through an integrator and credited by InfoComm International. Credits earned are applied toward maintaining the credential of Certified Technology Specialist (CTS), the industry’s regulated model of training. Programs are only available to AVI employees.
Audio Visual Innovations, Inc.,(AVI) in business since 1979, is the leading provider of state-of-the-art presentation technology and services in the United States. AVI (aviinc.com) delivers the most comprehensive line-up of audio visual and presentation solutions from systems integration, to sales and rentals, to complete staging productions and event management. Headquartered in Tampa, FL, AVI has divisions and regional offices throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
About InfoComm International
InfoComm International is the international trade association of the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has 4,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 70 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV market research and news. Its training and education programs, along with its separately administered Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and corporately administered Certified Audio Visual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) company credentials, set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide.