[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If your organization is considering AV solutions, what's also worth considering is who will implement those solutions. Although AV technology is designed to be simple on the user's end, it's anything but for installers and designers. For this reason, most companies and schools trust their AV project to a certified integrator. Certified AV integrators are industry veterans, capable of matching a client's needs to the most effective AV solutions available. Certification is important for AV companies, and when looking for AV integration services, you'll want a certified team. There are several reasons for this, but we've included the three most important.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Reason One: Certified AV Integrators are Experts in AV Solution Design and InstallationThe AV integration process consists of several steps and involves much more than just installation. AV solutions are complex, with many technologies working together to create a seamless audio and visual experience. It's impossible to craft that experience without extensive planning and design processes in place. While AV technicians attain certification, they learn what planning and design best practices look like, and how to implement them for clients. For example, this is the curriculum on AVIXA's Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam:
- Creating AV solutions - Creating an optimal AV solution starts with understanding the client's needs and how to solve them with AV. That's why, during CTS certification, the technician learns how to run a needs analysis meeting and perform an initial site survey. This provides technicians the starting knowledge they need for a project - knowledge like the quality of the building's lighting and acoustics, as well as its layout and seating arrangement. Once this information is gathered, the technician designs the solution. This includes selecting the right technologies for the job, determining placement locations, and establishing connectivity between all AV system elements.
- Implementing AV solutions - Once the project is designed, it needs to be implemented. CTS students therefore learn how to properly position and mount hardware, run all necessary cables, and account for any facility-related obstacles along the way. During certification, technicians also learn how to operate various AV solutions and configure them to the client's specifications.
- Servicing AV solutions - CTS certification also focuses on post-installation maintenance and support. So, CTS students learn how to solve a variety of technical problems using logical, efficient troubleshooting. During certification, students will also learn how to do this during a live event, when speed is critical.
Reason Two: Certified Integrators Have Unmatched AV Product KnowledgeIn addition to their process knowledge, certified integrators are also experts in AV hardware and equipment. In fact, many AV technicians are certified in certain AV brands or technologies, giving them an edge during product selection, installation, configuration, and maintenance. Vendor specialists are extremely useful if your organization prefers a certain AV brand. For example, if your business prefers any of the following vendors, know that there are AV integrators certified in these vendors’ products: