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2013 Training Schedule During 2013 SACIA is working with a number of global trade associations to bring industry-specific training to the communications industry in Southern Africa. In addition, we are working to develop new training programmes that are specific to the needs of our local membership. Our global training partners are well established organisations who are committed to promoting the adoption of professional standards in the broadcast, proAV and IT industries.

The IABM Training Academy was launched in 2011 to address the Broadcast Industry’s skills shortage. The Academy is dedicated to broadcast and media technology and aims to impact on the availability of skilled staff. Through a growing number of courses, the academy provides the industry with knowledge and skills that are essential in a rapidly changing global media business. Emerging technologies and new business modules have combined with changing social trends to create new business and career opportunities. Their courses not only provide engineers and technologists with valuable technical skills training, but also offer administrative, managerial and executive staff training on the role that technology plays in the broadcast industry.

InfoComm International is the trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide. They are an ANSI-registered standards generating body for the audio-visual industry, and have also developed a number of training courses that are delivered both online and on-site. Their training programmes are backed up by the InfoComm Recognised AV Technologist certificate and their professional CTS certification programme. More than 10 thousand AV professionals around the world have earned the professional CTS credential.

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SACIA has recently registered as a CompTIA training partner. CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a nonprofit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, they focus their programmes on education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy.

25-26 February 2013 Broadcast Technology Workflows - The Fundamentals Presented in association with the IABM Training Academy R11, 350. (member) or R13,500. (Non-member) – All prices excluding VAT. Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This two day course is aimed at anyone in the Broadcast Technology Industry needing to understand the full breadth of broadcast workflows. The course will: Improve delegates knowledge of the concepts, terms and processes used in Broadcast Technology. Enable delegates to understand the impact of file-based technology on end-to-end workflows. Enable delegates to understand how change in one part of the workflow can impact all others. Give delegates the confidence to discuss and analyse workflows effectively. Ensure delegates are better equipped for marketing and selling.

Note: This was one of our most popular courses during 2012 and is sure to be a sell-out during 2013.

To book your slot in any of these training programmes email training@sacia.org.za or call +27110836418


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28 February-1 March 2013 Broadcast & Media Technology – Understanding your Industry Presented in association with the IABM Training Academy R11, 350. (Member) or R13, 500. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Description: This 2-day course aim s to familiarise delegates with broadcast and media technology, the associated jargon and the role that technology plays in the business in which they operate. It is designed for staff in broadcasters, their technology suppliers, post-production, facilities and related businesses where their work requires an appreciation of the technology as opposed to an in-depth understanding of it. Typical delegates will include administrative and managerial staff in marketing, sales, support, purchasing, commercial, human resource and similar functions. It is structured to have broad appeal and to be interesting and engaging as opposed to being technically demanding. Note: This course has now been updated to include information that is specifically relevant to the South African market.

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5-6 March 2013 Introduction course for AV install technicians R1, 850. (Member) or R2, 850. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: First in a three-part series of training programmes aimed specifically at AV install technicians. At the conclusion of the class students will be able to demonstrate a competence in working with both hand tools and power tools according to prescribed practices. They will also understand safe working practices and protocols and be able to install simple audio-visual system equipment according to known best practices.

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8-10 April 2013 AV Design Level 1: Environment Delivered under contract by InfoComm International R7, 800. (Member) or R11, 250. (Non-member)*

*SACIA members – SAVE R3, 900. Book for all three of InfoComm’s DES courses at the discounted price of R19, 500. Venue:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: First in a series of three training programmes that, when taken together, are designed to help AV professionals prepare for the CTS-D credential. The first course looks specifically at the physics that affect the planning and design of AV environments Note: There are currently only three AV professionals in South Africa who have earned InfoComm’s professional CTS-D credential. Are you going to be next? Participants in this course should consider attending AV Design level 2 - Infrastructure (3-5 June 2013) and AV Design Level 3 - Applied Design (29-31 July 2013)

All information subject to change. For updates see www.sacia.org.za


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16-17 April 2013 Intermediate course for AV install technicians R1, 850. (Member) or R2, 850. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: Second in a three-part series of training programmes aimed specifically at AV install technicians. A graduate of the course will be able to demonstrate an understanding of signals encountered in audio-visual systems, including best cable types and connectors to use to transport the signal. (audio, video and control). They’ll also demonstrate a comprehension of system wiring diagrams, cable sheets and other installation documents including symbols, notations and conventions. Basic troubleshooting and fault finding methods are also covered.

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24-25 April 2013 Compression Fundamentals and Applications Presented in association with the IABM Training Academy R11, 350. (Member) or R13,500. (Non-member) – All prices excluding VAT. Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: Compression has become a fundamental building block of broadcast & AV environments enabling functionality that would just not be possible with uncompressed media. Compression is a subjective science taking advantage of redundancy in images and matching the visual results with human perception. Preserving and optimising the image quality in operational environments is vital for success and therefore an understanding of the fundamentals of video compression is essential. This 2 day course covers the core fundamentals and applications of compression and a look at compression in practice.

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8-9 May 2013 Audio & Video Fundamentals for Broadcast Engineers Presented in association with the IABM Training Academy R11,350. (Member) or R13, 500. (non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This two day course is for engineers and technologists who need to orientate themselves to the specific technologies and applications involved in the generation, movement and monitoring of audio and video signals and files in a broadcast and media technology environment. It is structured to be suitable as an induction course for newly recruited engineers who need to gain an appreciation of the technical context in broadcasting environments. It will suit those who are involved on the supply side in product or project design and development and also those who are working in support and maintenance of the technical infrastructure at broadcasters and other media enterprises. Note: This course was one of our most popular during 2012 and is certain to be a big hit again during 2013.

To book your slot in any of these training programmes email training@sacia.org.za or call +27110836418


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14-15 May 2013 Advanced course for AV install technicians R1, 850. (Member) or R2, 850. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: Third in a three-part series of training programmes aimed specifically at AV install technicians. A graduate of the course will be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced signals encountered in audio-visual systems, including best cable types and connectors to use to transport various signal types. Participants will also demonstrate familiarity with safe working practices and protocols, including supervisory roles. They’ll demonstrate a competence in installing equipment and cabling in 19-inch equipment racks. They’ll also demonstrate a comprehension of architectural diagrams, including symbols, notations and conventions.

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20-22 May 2013 GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology Presented under license from Infocomm International R4,500. (Member) or R6, 500. (non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This 3-day course provides in-depth explanations of the science and technology for basic audio, visual and audio-visual systems integration. A brief overview of the sales, rental/hire, design and installation functions is included in the course content. This course builds the student’s understanding of the fundamentals used on a daily basis in the audio-visual industry. It is also great prep for the students wanting to earn the InfoComm-recognised AV Technologist certificate. Note: This ever-popular course includes access to InfoComm’s online course material and registration for the InfoComm recognised AV technologist examination

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3-5 June 2013 AV Design Level 2: Infrastructure Delivered under contract by InfoComm International R7, 800. (Member) or R11, 250. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: Second in a series of three training programmes that, when taken together, are designed to help AV professionals prepare for the CTS-D credential. The second teaches how a building’s physical structure can affect AV design and emphasizes working with other trades. Note: This course is ideal for anyone who reads, works with or creates AV designs, including AV designers, Engineers, Technology managers and Project managers. Students participating in this course should also consider AV Design Level 1: Environment (8-10 April 2013) and AV Design Level 3: Applied Design (29-31 July 2013)

All information subject to change. For updates see www.sacia.org.za


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12-13 June 2013 Broadcast Technology Workflows - The Fundamentals Presented in association with the IABM Training Academy R11, 350. (member) or 13,500. (Non-member) – All prices excluding VAT. Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This two day course is aimed at anyone in the Broadcast Technology Industry needing to understand the full breadth of broadcast workflows. The course will: • Improve delegates knowledge of the concepts, terms and processes used in Broadcast Technology. • Enable delegates to understand the impact of file-based technology on end-to-end workflows. • Enable delegates to understand how change in one part of the workflow can impact all others. • Give delegates the confidence to discuss and analyse workflows effectively. • Ensure delegates are better equipped for marketing and selling. Note: This was one of our most popular courses during 2012 and is sure to be a sell-out during 2013.

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2-3 July 2013 Professional Selling Skills for Broadcast & AV vendors R4, 500. (Member) and R6, 500. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: Over the last decade the role of the professional sales executive has changed dramatically. This 2-day course looks at the changing dynamics of the market and explores strategies that will build sales revenue on a sustainable basis. It draws on industry research carried out by the IABM and InfoComm International, updated to include research that is specifically relevant to the South African marketplace. The course combines sales theory with practical exercises that transform every participant into a customer-centric sales professional. Includes 3-hour workshop on ‘Trade show selling skills’.

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15-16 July 2013 Internet Protocol & Network Essentials for Broadcast Engineers Presented in association with the IABM TrainingAcademy R11, 350. (Member) or R13, 500. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: The broadcast and media production world is rapidly transitioning from a bespoke environment with dedicated interconnections between specific hardware to one that uses general purpose hardware, bespoke software and network interconnects based up Internet Protocol (IP). A similar transition has taken place in the distribution and playout environment as servers become the norm and content is increasing consumed through the Internet. This course covers the core fundamentals representing the network infrastructure for interconnections in a file-based or streaming environment and will also cover the underlying communication infrastructure and practical media applications. Note: Out-of-town visitors attending the bi-annual Mediatech Africa show may want to arrive in Johannesburg early and attend this course.

To book your slot in any of these training programmes email training@sacia.org.za or call +27110836418


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15-17 July 2013 GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology Presented under license from InfoComm International R4, 500. (Member) or R6, 500. (non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This 3-day course provides in-depth explanations of the science and technology for basic audio, visual and audio-visual systems integration. A brief overview of the sales, rental/hire, design and installation functions is included in the course content. This course builds the student’s understanding of the fundamentals used on a daily basis in the audio-visual industry. It is also great prep for the students wanting to earn the InfoComm-recognised AV Technologist certificate. Note: Out-of-town visitors attending the bi-annual Mediatech Africa show may want to arrive in Johannesburg early to attend this popular course. Visit the TESTIMONIALS page at www.sacia.org.za to see what participants in our 2012 programme have to say about their learning experience.

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23-25 July 2013 GEN112 CTS Prep Presented under license from Infocomm International R4, 500. (Member) or R6, 500. (non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This 3-day course is designed to help candidates as they prepare for InfoComm’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential. This credential is accredited by ANSI under the International Standard ISO/IEC 17024 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Schemes of Persons program. This popular course provides a forum for people to explore a wide range of topics relevant to the AV industry, and work collaboratively, studying the exam content areas with the help of facilitators. Note: According to SITA tender specification 431, suppliers of AV technology to government and state-owned enterprises need to be able to demonstrate their competence in the AV industry … and the preferred certification standard is InfoComm’s CTS programme. This is a great course that is specifically designed to assist AV professionals prepare for the written CTS exam.

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29-31 July 2013 AV Design Level 3: Applied Design Delivered under contract by InfoComm International R7, 800. (Member) or R11, 250. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: Third in a series of three training programmes that, when taken together, are designed to help AV professionals prepare for the CTS-D credential. Using a customer scenario, students will work on completing a project through conducting a needs analysis to a complete design package

All information subject to change. For updates see www.sacia.org.za


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7-9 October 2013 GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology Presented under license from InfoComm International R4, 500. (Member) or R6, 500. (non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This 3-day course provides in-depth explanations of the science and technology for basic audio, visual and audio-visual systems integration. A brief overview of the sales, rental/hire, design and installation functions is included in the course content. This course builds the student’s understanding of the fundamentals used on a daily basis in the audio-visual industry. It is also great prep for the students wanting to earn the InfoComm-recognised AV Technologist certificate.

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16-17 October 2013 Broadcast & Media Technology – Understanding Your Industry Presented in association with the IABM Training Academy R11, 350. (Member) or R13, 500. (non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This 2-day course aims to familiarise delegates with broadcast and media technology, the associated jargon and the role that technology plays in the business in which they operate. It is designed for staff in broadcasters, their technology suppliers, post-production, facilities and related businesses where their work requires an appreciation of the technology as opposed to an in-depth understanding of it. Typical delegates will include administrative and managerial staff in marketing, sales, support, purchasing, commercial, human resource and similar functions. It is structured to have broad appeal and to be interesting and engaging as opposed to being technically demanding. Note: This course has now been updated to include information that is specifically relevant to the South African market.

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13-14 November 2013 Audio & Video Fundamentals for Broadcast Engineers Presented in association with the IABM Training Academy R11, 350. (Member) or R13, 500. (non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This two day course is for engineers and technologists who need to orientate themselves to the specific technologies and applications involved in the generation, movement and monitoring of audio and video signals and files in a broadcast and media technology environment. It is structured to be suitable as an induction course for newly recruited engineers who need to gain an appreciation of the technical context in broadcasting environments. It will suit those who are involved on the supply side in product or project design and development and also those who are working in support and maintenance of the technical infrastructure at broadcasters and other media enterprises. Note: This course was one of our most popular during 2012 and is certain to be a big hit again during 2013.

To book your slot in any of these training programmes email training@sacia.org.za or call +27110836418


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19-21 November 2013 GEN112 CTS Prep R4, 500. (Member) or R6, 500. (Non-member) Johannesburg, South Africa

Course description: This 3-day course is designed to help candidates as they prepare for InfoComm’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential. This credential is accredited by ANSI under the International Standard ISO/IEC 17024 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Schemes of Persons program. This popular course provides a forum for people to explore a wide range of topics relevant to the AV industry, and work collaboratively, studying the exam content areas with the help of facilitators. Note: According to SITA tender specification 431, suppliers of AV technology to government and state-owned enterprises need to be able to demonstrate their competence in the AV industry … and the preferred certification standard is InfoComm’s CTS programme. This is a great course that is specifically designed to assist AV professionals prepare for the written CTS exam.

In Mark Shuttleworth set up the Shuttleworth Foundation which funds innovative change in society by supporting Fellows and investing in their projects. Mark is one of the country’s most recognised philanthropists with a specific interest in technology and social change.

Making a contribution to skills development During 2013 SACIA will award a number of bursaries to deserving students wanting to expand their understanding of the science and technology behind today’s modern AV systems. These bursaries are funded by grants received from SACIA members, as well as donations from philanthropic organisations who share our commitment to promoting professional standards and ethical business practices within the communications industry. Around the world, many successful

business men and women have contributed to philanthropic causes. In June 2006 Warren Buffet contributed $30 billion of stock in his Berkshire Hathaway company to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and in South Africa business leaders such as Mark Shuttleworth, Donald Gordon, Allen Grey, Francois van Niekerk and Cyril Rhamaposa have consistently provided funding for education and entrepreneurship. In order to increase the number of bursaries available to

broadcast and AV professionals, SACIA is inviting grants and donations that will contribute toward our objectives. We’re also inviting interested parties to get involved in promoting the adoption of professional standards, encouraging ethical business practices, and contributing toward black-empowerment initiatives within our industry. If you’re interested in contributing toward these SACIA initiatives please contact Kevan Jones CAE on kevan@sacia.org.za

All information subject to change. For updates see www.sacia.org.za

SACIA Training Schedule 2013  

Training schedule for 2013 from SACIA

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