SACIA Certification


Vaughan Williams

Head of Operations JHB
Course attended: Broadcast Workflow

Thank you SACIA and Kevan for the opportunity to attend the Broadcast Workflow course, Neil Garner is an extremely knowledgeable and interesting trainer and his many years of training in the broadcast industry comes through in spades.

Great that the broadcast industry in South Africa has the opportunity to get access to such a fountain of knowledge and understanding. We need more of these as they will help keep up the standards of our industry and provide future leaders of broadcasting with a solid understanding of our ever changing Broadcast Industry.

Darren Caithness

Avitel Distribution
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology

Having worked on reality TV productions for many years my experiance has been gained mainly through practical, hands-on application. The InfoComm/ SACIA course gave me a better understanding of the theory behind the practical application of AV technologies.

Emile Hendricks

AV Alliance - Cape Town
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - October 2014

No doubt, the course is absolutely necessary and definitely recommended for anyone in our field. All the bases are covered and it's a nice even spread of all things relevant to our work. I will certainly recommend this course to others, especially considering the professional manner in which it was carried out , as well as having someone as knowledgeable as Mark on board.

Thanks again for a great week.

Jennifer Jeffrey

System Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - October 2014

I really enjoyed the course and actually look forward to writing the exam to see how much I learned. It was really awesome being in a group of such a vast array of skill levels and technical knowledge and not only learning from the course but also from other peoples experiences in the AV industry.

Gavin Barron

TCH Bonisa
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - October 2014

I must admit I was a bit hesitant to do this course when my business partner suggested it to me. Being in the industry for a long time, you tend to think you know it all. But I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of content and quality of the course material. My colleagues and I found it very rewarding and informative.

I must also compliment all the other companies that sent their staff on the course. It just shows how much people care about their work force to encourage further training. I think our group was a great bunch of people and I hope we'll meet up again at future SACIA events.

Jesaya Johannes

dB Audio - Namibia
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - October 2014

I started working for dB Audio Namibia in 2011 as an AV technician. Our sources of information are limited in Namibia and we therefore rely on the people working closest to us to resolve technical issues.

The GEN111 Essentials of AV technology course has allowed me to learn more in a condensed amount of time, giving me a better understanding between the basic aspects of AV and current technology. The connections between Audio, Light, Power, Environment and Vision, how they all need to be factored into the decision making when planning and implementing AV. I am now better equipped to make informed decisions when planning for an event and confidently advise my colleagues and clients in all AV decision making.

Thank you SACIA for this eye opening and informative course. I would highly recommend it to any AV technician and people working in the AV arena.

Thabo Ntsala

AV Technician – Tsogo Sun
Course attended: GEN111 AV Essentials – November 2013

I have been involved in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years and have given myself a fair chance to learn about sound, Lighting and AV. Despite my experience, I did not understand the purpose of some of the technical elements and how they play a role in what we do on a day to day life. As my manager David Butcher always says “everything is about mapping”. That made me understand the relationship between AV, Sound, IT, Electrical and Lighting. Since I attended the GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology course in November 2013, I have learned more about AV technology.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank SACIA for providing this course and encourage more AV technicians to attend it. I had the opportunity to write the InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist exam which was a challenge but I managed to pass it because of GEN111 course material from SACIA. Since technology changes all the time, we also need to change with it by learning all the time.

Jedidia Chilijila

Jeddy Audio Productions - Tanzania
Course attended: SynAudCon online training course

I’ve recently completed all five of the SynAudCon online training programmes and cannot endorse them enough. I found them to be very informative. They’ve given me the courage to live my dream as Sound engineer. Powerful teachings and demonstrations make complex technology understandable. These online courses are ideal for all audio professionals living in Africa where we simply don’t have access to advanced training programmes in the pro-audio market.

Warren Tree

Audio Visual Centre – Technical Director
Course attended: SynAudCon online training course: Audio Applications - System Optimization and Equalization

I recently completed the SynAudCon online training course: Audio Applications - System Optimization and Equalization. Great, informative and challenging - I suggest this course for any AV system designer and/or Project/Technical managers. Thanks to Kevan and SACIA for making me aware of this great source of Audio knowledge. I look forward to doing other courses in the future.

Johan Jacobs

Technician at System Solutions
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - November 2013

I was introduced to AV by chance and I must say after attending the AV Technology course it was a real eye opener for me. Coming from an IT and electrical background I never realized that AV could be so complex and at the same time very interesting and challenging as well.
I enjoyed the course very much and will definitely pursue my CTS accreditation and further my new career objectives. The three days was tough with a lot of information to absorb and I also did the online training and testing material which was quite tough and challenging. The AV technology course is a definite yes for newbies like me and other techies.

Izak de Villiers

Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - November 2013

The November 2013 Gen111 AV Essentials course was hosted in beautiful, peaceful surroundings in the midst of Randburg's hustle and bustle.
Despite worries that the coursebook was too hefty to be covered in the scheduled three days, our knowledgeable and patient instructor managed to navigate interesting topics, numerous questions and even quirks in the InfoComm material with aplomb.

The course introduced students to the gamut of AV industry concerns from client needs to video encoding techniques. Best practices, trends and pitfalls were also discussed, and lively debates during sessions and over lunch breaks enabled course-goers to benefit from the group's collective experience and knowledge.

All in all it was a very valuable and useful 3 days, whether you were an experienced AV professional or a newcomer. Thanks to SACIA for the opportunity! I am confident that this course will contribute towards the growth, competence and ethos of the SA AV industry.

Ryan Smith

Audio & Visual Specialist
Suncoast Casino
Course attended: GEN111 AV Essentials - October 2013

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for hosting the GEN111 Essentials of the AV Industry course in Durban. The training was excellent and very informative. We were always focused on each lesson and just when I thought I knew everything, there was more to learn. As we all know the AV industry is changing all the time due to the technological advances that are taking place. And this makes our jobs so interesting in finding a solution to a problem as well as using technology to make our lives easier. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who would like to start a career in the AV industry. It provides a fantastic grounding for people who wish to follow a career in AV.

Nic Bonthuys

SABC TV Outside Broadcasts
Course attended: Network Essentials for Broadcast Engineers – December 2013

Thank you to SACIA for presenting another excellent course. This course is an absolute must for broadcast engineers, even if you think you know a lot about IT and networking! It certainly helps one to understand and to bridge the path to a networked broadcast environment. I would also highly recommend it for engineering managers. I particularly enjoyed the practical’s which took me back to my engineering days!

Snell Kgosi Phoshoko

StarSat (Top TV)
Course attended: IABM Network Essentials for Broadcast Engineers: December 2013

Thank you for a wonderful reception over the last 2 days. I found the course to be highly enlightening and industry specific. The filtering of relevant information really made the delivery of the course outline easier to absorb as well as afforded the opportunity to address those missing gaps often left to lurk.

Course instructor Joe Tozer was very open and forthcoming throughout the course, and seemed to appreciate his craft. My final impression is that it gave all attendees something to chew on as far as the broadcast discipline is concerned. I would definitely recommend our fellow broadcast professionals make a pit stop in this avenue. By the way, apologies to Joe for hacking his analyzer, I know he’s probably still laughing about it on his flight back to the UK.

Blessing Mudehwe Contact Blessing Mudehwe on LinkedIn
Celebration Ministries International
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology – November 2013

The GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology was a great course for me. I am involved in a lot of productions at our Church in Harare, Zimbabwe and it has been a challenge to quickly understand and resolve some of the AV issues we were facing. This course gave me great revelation on things I deal with everyday at my work.

By the end of the course I was a totally different person and it’s only then I realised how hard we’ve been working to solve problems that are easy to address if you have all this knowledge. The course taught me to understand the problems and resolve them in a professional way. I travelled 1,200 km in a mini-bus taxi to attend this course – it wasn’t a comfortable ride but it proved to be a great investment.

Mbengeni Victor Tshidino Contact Mbengeni Victor Tshidino on LinkedIn
Dr Vic Electronics – Limpopo
Course attended: GEN111 AV Essentials – November 2013

As a small business owner committed to growing my AV business and contributing to the development of South Africa, it’s really important to become part of a larger community of AV professionals active throughout the region. SACIA provides me with the opportunity to engage with the industry heavy-weights and gather information that would simply not be available to me as a small business owner operating in the country’s most impoverished province. Just as important however, is their training programmes that provide me with information on the trends and technologies shaping the future of our industry and the country. The GEN111 course was a real eye-opener for me. Most of my knowledge comes from manufacturer training and the ‘trial and error’ provided by hands-on experience, but this course explained the science and technology behind the audio and video equipment I work with on a daily basis. The course isn’t cheap but the knowledge I gained will certainly open new doors and help build my business so that the company can take part in job creation. I ‘m a business owner who believe in the spirit of Ubuntu. Thank you SACIA for playing a role in educating the nation - irrespective of colour. I’m looking forward to writing the InfoComm recognised AV Technologist test and will certainly participate in future SACIA training. Education is the key to our future!!

Warren Tree Contact Warren Tree on LinkedIn
Audio Visual Centre
Course attended: InfoComm Advanced AV Design – July 2013

Over the last few years AVC has been commissioned to deliver a number of large AV projects in the government, education and corporate sectors. More and more, these customers require us to be able to prove our competence and skillset based on customer testimonials and industry certification. As these projects become larger, we also find ourselves engaging with architects, engineers and other technicians who all seem to have their own ideas about how AV technology should be incorporated into ‘their’ project.

We’ve sent a number of our staff on SACIA’s training programme and in 2012 I decided to pursue CTS certification for myself. It’s quite possible to write the InfoComm CTS examination without attending any SACIA courses but I decided to attend the GEN112 CTS Prep class in December 2012 and subsequently went on to write and pass the InfoComm CTS exam. Did the course help? You bet it did! It helped me identify gaps in my knowledge base and gave me a good understanding of the style and structure of the examination.

Next step was to register for the InfoComm Advanced AV Design course which ran as three 3-day programmes in April, June and July. This was a truly engaging experience that I’d recommend to anybody who is serious about designing advanced audio-visual systems. All the course participants were experienced AV professionals and more than half had already earned their CTS credential. The course was run by Rod Brown, an InfoComm University instructor from Melbourne, Australia. Rod steered us through the steps of designing advanced AV systems, stressing the fundamental principles but also providing us with an opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues and design our own AV systems. It was an eye-opening experience that revealed the complex science behind audio-visual design.

I’m planning to write the CTS-D examination in a few months’ time but an immediate benefit of the course is reflected in my interactions with the architects, engineers and technicians we work with on-site. Using the design principals covered in the course I’m able to support my design recommendations with science, standards and industry best-practice. The knowledge has elevated my argument and the end result is an AV solution that better serves the needs of our customer base.

Eric Lawrenson Contact Eric Lawrenson on LinkedIn
Course attended: Broadcast Technology Workflows – August 2013

An interesting and informative 2 day course focused on our industry. Dick’s relaxed and informal presentation style helps to get people talking and interacting on the subjects under discussion. The time spent reflecting where we as the broadcast industry came from, where we are now, and where our industry is heading was constructive and intuitive. It certainly highlighted areas and process that need to change or be revised for the road ahead. Gets you thinking about the future with more focus. Certainly worth the effort of attending. Thanks SACIA.

John Adler Contact John Adler on LinkedIn
Defence TV (Dept of Defence)
Course attended: GEN112 CTS Prep and IABM Broadcast Technology Workflows – August 2013

Having participated in both the CTS Prep course and the Broadcast Technology Workflows I can truly recommend the courses presented by SACIA. As we all know, our industry is vast and covers many specialised disciplines. I am sure that there are many like me who have a great knowledge of the disciplines we work with on a daily basis, but retreat to the shadows feeling rather inadequate when other disciplines within our industry are discussed. These courses bridge that gap and have given me great confidence, as well as a fantastic integrated view of how our industry fits together. This in turn stands me in good stead when having to make long term strategic and financial decisions on the future direction of our production facility.

Peter Varley Contact Peter Varley on LinkedIn
Electrosonic KZN
Course attended: InfoComm Advanced AV Design - July 2013

I have worked in the consumer electronics industry for longer than I care to admit - but eight years ago I ventured into the professional AV industry when I joined Electrosonic in Durban. I've now attended a number of the SACIA courses and at the ripe old age of 56, I've generally been the 'senior citizen' on each.
The first course I attended was the GEN111 AV Essentials course run by SACIA at the University of KwaZulu Natal. The on-line exams were surprisingly challenging and brought me to the realization I wasn’t as clever as I thought. I was inspired to continue studying and subsequently attended the GEN112 CTS Prep course and went on to earn InfoComm's CTS credential. It's not been easy for an 'old ballie' like me to resume studies but the SACIA courses provide real guidance and direction.

My journey so far had made me hungry for knowledge and I've now completed the three specialised design courses which I found mind blowing. The course(s) were expertly presented by Rod Brown, an InfoComm University instructor from Melbourne, Australia. Rod is a man who obviously knows his stuff, and he balanced the course content with practical tasks which kept me focused for the full nine days. This course has opened my eyes to new possibilities in my career and has certainly made me a more productive and versatile designer. Rod's passion for the business is infectious and I'm planning to sit for the CTS-D examination within the year. Well done to SACIA, and thanks to Rod for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm!

Marius du Plessis Contact Marius du Plessis on LinkedIn
Teljoy Business Systems
Course attended: SACIA GEN112 CTS Prep – July 2013

For many years I have dreamt about my CTS certification. There is a scene in “The Matrix” where the lead character (Neo) is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill. The blue pill would allow him to remain in the fabricated reality of the Matrix. The red pill would lead to his escape from the Matrix and into the "real world".
One thing that I have learned in the AV industry is to always take the red pill. Never be afraid of what you can achieve in life. People taking the blue pill will say “We haven’t done that before so let’s play safe and stick with what we know.” Those who are willing to take the red pill will say “ We have never done that before ..let’s do it”. I decided to join the CTS-Prep class in July 2013 and I wrote my CTS exam about a week later. I passed with a very high percentage and that is the reason why anyone wanting to advance their career and earn the CTS credential should join the next CTS Prep class. SACIA equips you with the necessary knowledge to be able to pass your exam just like I did. Thank you SACIA. I will be back to do my CTS-D and CTS-I.
I challenge all AV technicians in the market to take the red pill and escape from the Matrix – acquire the knowledge you need to define your own destiny.

Fusi Mokoena

Service Delivery Manager | Information and Communication Systems (ICS) | University of Johannesburg
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology – May 2013

In January 2013 the Audio Visual unit at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) was incorporated into the Information and Communications Systems Department reporting directly to me. At the time my knowledge of AV was sparse and it was a daunting and challenging task to be responsible for the AV unit coming from a purely IT background. As if that was not enough, at the end of March 2013, the AVU lost a very capable Manager who had turned the unit around and had plans in place to further modernize the unit. I had to hit the ground running.
Thanks to Kevan for encouraging me to enrol in the GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology course in May 2013. I happened to be the only course delegate that had not been involved in the professional AV space but the warm reception from Kevan, Mark Hull (course facilitator) and the course delegates helped me gain confidence and settled my nerves.
Kevan and Mark made complex concepts sound so simple that I began to relate what was said in class with issues that I had encountered in the workplace.

Since going back to UJ, armed with the knowledge and tips from the GEN111 course, I am better equipped to manage the Support and Installation teams. I’ve now got the confidence to challenge, question and make contributions to the development of our AV infrastructure. Without attending the GEN111 course I do not know how I would have been able to steer this ship up to this stage with confidence and efficiency. I am planning to enrol all my AVU staff on the course and encourage everyone who has not taken the GEN111 to do so. SACIA is a great home for ALL serious Audio Visual practitioners.

Marius Janse van Rensburg Contact Marius Janse van Rensburg on LinkedIn
General Manager: Henley Television Facilities
Broadcast Technology Workflows – The Fundamentals
June 2013

Thanks to SACIA for hosting this valuable course. The course material and the trainer (Dick Hobbs) were very professional. I now realize and understand how essential metadata is in the new ‘four screens world’ and that good metadata is driving automated workflows.

Freddie Nyathela Contact Freddie Nyathela on LinkedIn
SA Roadies Association

In reviewing SACIA’s new introduction course for AV installation technicians it struck me that the challenges faced by roadies working in the live events industry are, in many ways, similar to the challenges faced by AV technicians working in the fixed install market.
Many of today’s professional installers and AV designers started their career in the live events industry and this course provides an effective entry-point for install technicians at the start of their vocation.
We share SACIA’s commitment to promoting professional standards and safe working practices in the AV industry and are pleased to recommend this course to all technicians working in the audio-visual sector.

We are keen on forging a strong training and skills development partnership with SACIA as we expand the knowledge, skills and standards base in South Africa and beyond.

Dave van Rensburg
Global Access
Staff trained in May 2013: Introduction course for AV install technicians

As one of the largest installers of sophisticated digital signage networks it's critical that we establish a common standard that we apply across every client site. The new SACIA course for AV install technicians helps achieve that objective. It was developed with input from many local SI's so it's specifically relevant to the needs of our local industry, and the feedback from our technical staff who attended the course was fantastic. Well done to SACIA for driving this initiative.

Michael Miller Contact Michael Miller on LinkedIn
Audio Visual Centre KZN
Staff trained in May 2013: Introduction course for AV install technicians

We've been looking for a training programme that would provide a common understanding of how to work safely and efficiently within client-occupied premises. The new SACIA introductory course for AV install technicians met all our requirements and more. I heartily recommend it to all installation teams working throughout South Africa.

Kerrin Kokot Contact Kerrin Kokot on LinkedIn
Video Editor
Course attended: Broadcast Technology Workflows – The Fundamentals - February 2013

What I especially enjoyed about this course, and about SACIA's presentation of itself in general, was the emphasis on ethical professional practise - obviously much needed in all areas of media and communication industries. Dick Hobbs, our instructor, was able to use his international experience to turn the material into useful, tangible examples. I appreciated his openness to sharing knowledge beyond the course curriculum, and his down-to-earth, accessible manner. Our class turned out to be small, which made the learning experience intimate and meaningful. The situation meant that my colleagues and I could focus on work-specific examples, and thrash out possible solutions with both Dick and Kevan, which was great.

Chris Maritz Contact Chris Maritz on LinkedIn
Questek Advanced Technologies
Course attended: SACIA GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - November 2012

Back from the SACIA GEN111 training and WOW what an eye opener!!! Lecturers as well as information were beyond reproach. They are brilliant and if you want to get further in the AV industry... Go SACIA!!!

David Sales Contact David Sales on LinkedIn
Product Manager - Kathea
Course attended: Broadcast Technology Workflows - August 2012

From a vendor perspective currently representing IP Video streaming solutions, I had a unique perspective from which to attend the course Broadcast Technology Workflows: The Fundamentals. I found the course to be a very enlightening and an eye opening window into the world of broadcasting. The Course provided me with a good overview of the industry with its associated best practices and future trends. I would especially like to compliment the presenter Leith Gill Murgai for the way in which he delivered the content from his wealth of experience and expertise in the broadcast industry. Well worth the investment.

Yolanda Tree Contact Yolanda Tree on LinkedIn
Audio Visual Centre
Course attended: SACIA GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - June 2012.

Everyone in the AV business - especially newcomers - can benefit from this course as it promotes a broad understanding of the technologies used within the AV industry. It was well-presented, informative and a great forum to learn and share with fellow students.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone needing a solid introduction to AV or wanting to brush up on their understanding of the technologies we work with every day. Thank you to Kevan and our fantastic presenter, Nelson!
I will definitely be attending more SACIA courses in the future.

Sean Nienaber
System Solutions
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology - June 2012

This is an outstanding course for anyone looking for a solid theoretical AV foundation. Nelson Baumgratz is a phenomenal instructor and deserves all the accolades coming his way.
Thank you so much for creating a wonderful learning environment and all the fun we had in the process.

Kobus vd Westhuizen
Manager - Video editing at SABC
Course attended: Broadcast Technology Workflows - June 2012

SACIA has done a great job sourcing critical courses for the television industry in South Africa. The Broadcast workflows course was well timed for the SABC, since we are on the verge of implementing many systems to support our expanding broadcast channels.
This course is vital for any broadcaster migrating to a tape-less workflow to determine critical elements and procedures needed for an effective workflow from production, postproduction, broadcasting, and archiving and even additional value added services like the web and cellular phone platforms.
The course covers the full spectrum of these workflows and will be very valuable information to production, postproduction, technical, operations, channel personnel and content departments.
The course reminds everybody of the complexity of digital workflows and how best to address workflow issues.

Nelson Khumalo Contact Nelson Khumalo on LinkedIn
Course attended: Audio & Video Fundamentals for Broadcast Engineers - February 2012

They say familiarity breeds contempt and I'm afraid that's particularly true in the broadcast industry. We take things for granted and choose technical shortcuts to get the job done. In the first hour of the AVE course I figured I knew it all and could coast through the material but as we continued I came to realise the wisdom and value behind the course content.
The devil is in the detail and this course reminded me of the aircrew in "Air Crash Investigators" - air disasters happen because the aircrew ignore the small things on the checklist. The details don't appear important until something goes wrong - but when they do go wrong the results are catastrophic. This course brings your attention back to the detail and provides in-depth insight into the broadcast industry from acquisition through to transmission. It's well worth attending!

Steve Schafer Contact Steve Schafer on LinkedIn
Concilium Technologies
Course attended: IABM Broadcast & Media Technology - Understanding your industry - January 2012

This course provides a general overview of the broadcast industry; with interesting and useful statistics on global equipment supply and good insight into the latest / future trends in broadcast technologies. John Ive has a wealth of historic and technical knowledge which enhanced the course material. The course is collaborative with good learning activities and opportunities to network with people from the industry . Cabanga Conference Centre is also a great venue with excellent facilities and outstanding catering.

Carl Africa
Course attended: Broadcast & Media Technology - Understanding your Industry - January 2012
Excellent training that's specifically geared toward the broadcast industry. Thoroughly enjoyable and a great learning experience.

Thys Venter Contact Thys Venter on LinkedIn
As one of the leading distributors in the AV market we have a responsibility to our dealers to supply good factual solutions. We need to have all the skills in-house to advise and educate our customers. Until now there has never been a platform to work from or educate our staff. During 2011 we have had quite a few of our staff members attend these SACIA courses (including myself) and have been pleasantly surprised at what we've learned. I highly recommend that anyone in the AV business attends these courses. It creates the correct professional platform to work from.

Tumi Dumasi Contact Tumi Dumasi on LinkedIn
Course attended: GEN111 AV Essentials - December 2011
Although I've been involved in the AV industry for a number of years almost all my knowledge has been self-taught. I've watched, listened and simply applied "common sense" to everything I do. This course has added a scientific platform to my common sense and provided me with a solid foundation and a much broader view of the industry and the technologies we use. This course is thoroughly relevant to ALL in the AV market. Thank you for filling in the gaps in my knowledge. (And special thanks to Nelson Baumgratz - he is brilliant).

Deon Olckers Contact Deon Olckers on LinkedIn
Course attended: GEN111 AV Essentials - June 2011
I have been in the AV industry for close on 3 years, picking up knowledge as I carry on. I have always been a firm believer that the best knowledge attained is through experience. What an experience the AV Essentials course was. I had no idea the Audio Visual industry had so many factors implicating the end result of an installation. Not only does the course open your mind to all the aspects of the industry, but it makes for better customer care. I could recommend this course to all in or planning on entering the AV industry. It certainly gave me a better understanding of the AV industry.

Aubrey Ngcoboza Contact Aubrey Ngcoboza on LinkedIn
AV Technical Team - SA Parliament
Course attended: GEN111 AV Essentials and GEN112 CTS Prep - January 2011
In South Africa the audio visual department within Parliament is responsible for providing AV facilities in support of all parliamentary activities. In our quest to ensure transparency and good governance it's critical that we facilitate effective communication between all stakeholders. We have a large team of AV technicians who come from a broad range of backgrounds - some with experience in IT, some from an electrical background and others from the live events industry. In order to ensure we all work effectively together we've committed to work according to clearly identified standards and industry best practice. InfoComm has clearly defined these for the AV industry and the SACIA training programme has provided a fast-track learning experience for our staff. One of the things we really like about these SACIA courses is that they evolve to reflect current technology trends and focus on the science and technology behind today's modern AV systems.

Jasper Cecil Contact Jasper Cecil on LinkedIn
University of KwaZulu Natal
Course attended: Audio Visual
At the University of KwaZulu Natal, the Audio Visual Division provides and maintains facilities on 5 campuses with 35 staff, who provide a variety of AV services in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. This includes a video production unit with 3 studios and 2 OB vans. We also provide AV equipment to support academic and student initiatives. The division is committed to delivering exceptional services to its clients within the University and to achieve this objective, it is critical that our staff understand the science and technology behind the audiovisual services we provide. In July 2010, we hosted the SACIA GEN111 AV Essentials class for our technical staff and we're now encouraging them to earn the InfoComm recognised AV Technologist certificate. Our objective is to ensure that all frontline staff within the Audio Visual division earn their CTS credential so that we can meet the educational objectives of the University more efficiently. We are also actively encouraging all our suppliers to demonstrate their knowledge and support capability by earning their CTS credential.

Ian Thornhill Contact Ian Thornhill on LinkedIn
Natal Video
Course attended: GEN111 - July 2010
I signed on for the InfoComm GEN111 course to check it out and see whether it was appropriate to send my staff for formal training. I have been in the AV industry for around 25 years and thought I knew just about everything.
Day 1: OK- I have seriously wasted my money. This is a serious chunk of change to pay for what I believed was going to be a waste of time.
Day 2: By the end of day I realized that I had oversold myself. I know next to nothing.
Day 3: My head’s spinning. Most enjoyable. Very informative. Well presented. I now know a lot more and highly recommend that anyone in the industry, now matter how many years of experience, sign up for this course. It formalizes what you ‘may’ already know and gives a good base for the next level. Did I waste my money? No way, the course is worth every cent and more.

Gideon Taljaard Contact Gideon Taljaard on LinkedIn
AV Consulting
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology & GEN112 CTS Prep - January & February 2010
I attended the SACIA AV Essentials course and was impressed with the in-depth technical knowledge that was presented. The GEN112 CTS Prep course goes one step further to focus on the broad business issues relating to the AV industry. It's an ideal platform for everyone in the AV profession and is an invaluable aid for anyone preparing to write the InfoComm CTS exam.

Mathews von Brandis Contact Mathews von Brandis on LinkedIn
Evolve AV
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology: Johannesburg - January 2010
For the past few years I've worked as Group Product and Sales manager in the Presentation Systems Division for one of the world's largest manufacturers of professional AV equipment. After I left the company I quickly identified that my skill set was only limited to Visual technology. I attended SACIA's AV Essentials course to broaden my knowledge on all aspects of the AV industry and bring me one step closer to my business partners. The course provided me with a much broader understanding of AV Technology and taught me about the science and application behind the equipment. I can certainly recommend this course to anyone who has just entered the AV industry as it is a fantastic platform to jumpstart your career.

Dudley Coetzee
Shellard Media
Course attended: GEN112 CTS Prep: Johannesburg – February 2010
The SACIA GEN112 CTS Prep course provides an accelerated environment for learning in the AV industry. In three days you work with the course instructor and your industry colleagues to explore key issues relating to the AV business. It's not just about technology. You interact with your colleagues and share ideas. This course touches every facet of the AV profession including sales, marketing, recruitment, HR, finance and more. It was a great learning experience that opened my eyes to professional standards in our industry. It’s great preparation for helping me earn my CTS qualification.

John Mills Contact John Mills on LinkedIn
Dimension Data
Course attended: GEN112 CTS Prep: Johannesburg - February 2010
InfoComm’s CTS credential is the global standard for excellence in the AV industry. I’ve been planning to write the CTS exam for the last few years but for whatever reason I just kept putting it off. Participating in the SACIA-run CTS Prep course helped me prepare myself – knowing what to expect from the exam removed the inertia and gave me the boost I needed. Within two weeks of completing the course I’d written the exam and earned the CTS certificate with a 90% pass rate.

Neo Kolatsoeu Contact Neo Kolatsoeu on LinkedIn
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology: Johannesburg – January 2010

As a world-class research facility the CSIR hosts a large number of conference rooms and presentation areas. They’re fitted out with some of the finest AV equipment available, including an integrated video conferencing system that allows us to keep in touch with other research centres around the world. Keeping all our systems working effectively requires that we keep up to date with recent technology developments and the SACIA-hosted GEN111 AV Essentials course allows us to do just that. It provides information on the broad range of AV technologies we use across our research facilities. I started my career in the AV industry 7 years ago and while I’ve participated in some internal training, this was my first in-depth learning experience. It opened my eyes to fresh opportunities and demonstrated that however much knowledge you have, there’s always an opportunity to learn more.

Andre Boyder Contact Andre Boyder on LinkedIn
Course attended: GEN111 Essentials of AV Technology and GEN112 CTS Prep: Johannesburg – January & February 2010
With nearly 30 years experience in the professional AV industry I figured I was well equipped to design, install and maintain AV systems. The AV Essentials course highlighted many of the modern work practices adopted by the industry in recent years and brought me up-to-date on best-practice in procedures, quality and standards. Technology has developed at a rapid rate and it’s hard to keep up, but this course gave me a valuable insight into new technologies and the modern AV environment. I’d recommend it to all my industry colleagues – both young and old. Even when you’ve been in the industry for 30 years this course will give you plenty to think about.
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