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Resources for learning more about the audiovisual industry

Since 2006, we’ve been approached by a huge variety of candidates. And while some have as much experience as we do in the industry, many are looking to find out more about how they can upskill themselves and enter the field. Here, you’ll find everything you need to learn more about the audiovisual industry. And if you provide education on this subject – or you’re a manufacturer offering similar help – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Universities and colleges who offer audiovisual education

Further training with audiovisual product manufacturers

Apprenticeships in the audiovisual industry


Audio, Video and RF Systems

St Neots, Cambridgeshire:  29th June, 2022

For many installers audio and video represent a large percentage of each project. RF systems can be used to deliver a wide range of content into the home including broadcast TV, satellite TV and radio. This course brings together these fascinating topics to deliver the ideal grounding for installers of up-to-date home entertainment.

Audio & Video – Aimed at new AV technicians and experienced installers from other electronic industries, this session contains the vital technical information, basic design principles and the installation practices required. Topics covered include design and installation practices for highest fidelity, the basics of home cinema setup and calibration basics.
RF Systems – RF distribution offers a wide range of signal distribution possibilities covering radio and TV, in both analogue and digital formats. Modern digital TV services mean a single coax cable can offer more than 100 channels of entertainment, including HD broadcasts.
Many homes already have some coax installed and this course explains, in detail, how coax can be used to move signals around the home, how signals from various sources can be combined and distributed around the home, and how installers can ensure robust performance from a coax network.

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Cables, Connectivity, Testing & Verification

St. Neots, Cambridgeshire:  28th June, 2022

Topics covered include:
  • Recognising the various cables and connectors
  • How various cables and connectors are used
  • Recommended connector termination methods
  • Practical exercises with various cables and connectors
  • The basics of structured cabling systems
  • Using patch panels and wall-plate modules
  • Basic testing methods for structured cabling
  • Identifying the correct test equipment for a range of electrical and data related systems
  • Using a data cable qualification tool to test data infrastructure
  • Processes for finding, fixing, and verifying various smart home systems
  • Common stages of the test and commissioning phase in a smart home project

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Rack Building and Wiring Fundamentals

St Neots, Cambridgeshire:  30th June, 2022

Racks are now an integral element of many custom installations. Preplanning and standardisation can ensure every rack is given the time and attention required to result in a tidy, and serviceable solution.

This course will provide attendees with the clear, structural methodology required for rack building from planning through to future servicing. The course will explore the best practices, the importance of wiring choices and standardisations that can be applied to projects of all sizes. Attendees can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the different types of racks, and how to apply the correct knowledge for overcoming issues with equipment placement, wiring, connectivity, and rack build as a whole.
Topics covered include:
  • Rack elevations, kit spacing and ventilation. (best practices for loading and kit spacing including ventilation of racks)
  • Cable tray, rear rack strip and lacing bars.
  • Tails, rear panels and hardwiring.
  • Cable and signal paths.
  • Service loops and cable lay.
  • Cable ties – tightness, flush cut, spacing and flow.
  • Lacing pre-made cables.

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UK Screen Alliance

All apprenticeship courses in England have to be approved by the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). The course outline is called a “standard” and groups of employers called “Trailblazers” work together to develop new standards. In the last 12 months, there has been a large increase in the number of standards available or in development for TV and Film

List of apprenticeship standards directly relevant to Film & TV

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