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IATSE, InfoComm Sign Contract to Certify AV Technicians

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Los Angeles – The IATSE and InfoComm, the leading non-profit trade association dedicated to serving the professional audiovisual communications industry worldwide, have partnered to offer a certification preparation program for IA members, who will have access to state of the art training and certification in the growing audiovisual industry.

For IA members, IATSE has pre-paid access to online classes leading to examination and documentation as an InfoComm Recognized AV Technologist, an entry-level position.  In addition, the IA will sponsor four three-day classroom-set sessions per year, presented by InfoComm instructors and will be offered in preparation for examination as a Certified Technology Specialist, an ANSI-accredited certification for those more experienced in the field.   The sessions will be held in multiple locations throughout North America.  The partnership between the IA and InfoComm recognizes that InfoComm trained technicians are the standard for excellence in the AV industry.

The AV industry includes programs in theaters, trade show exhibitions, conference presentations, production of media, the vendors producing these events, and the manufacturers of the equipment that is used in these events.

A relationship between the IA and InfoComm has existed for several years as the IA has been a sponsor of a booth at the annual InfoComm trade show, and has presented rigging and staging demonstrations to tradeshow vendors and visitors.

IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb said about the new partnership, “We at the IA are looking forward to collaborating with InfoComm as we continue our dedication to the education of our members in the newest and most relevant technology.  This is a great step in that direction.”

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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