2.2.7 Certified AV Associate
The Associate Member can demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the science and technology used in the professional AV industry.
- Use the designatory letters (CertAVAssoc) behind their name
- Participate in SACIA events at discounted rates
- Offer employers and colleagues assurance of commitment to the professional AV industry
- Be listed on the National Learners’ Record Database
Applicants must have:
- Matric certificate (National Senior Certificate, NQF 4) or equivalent
- At least 1 year experience working in the audio visual sector. Individuals working on a freelance basis should demonstrate that they have worked a minimum 105 days in each year.
- Pass a qualifying examination
- Gained an endorsement from a person of good standing within the professional audio-visual industry
A person applying for recognition as a Certified AV Associate should be able to demonstrate:
- Scope of knowledge, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of audio-visual technologies, including audio, video, display systems, AV control systems, AV operations, AV lighting, cabling and signal management. The candidate should also demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the key terms, rules, concepts, established principles and theories in one or more of these fields.
- Knowledge literacy, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate an understanding that knowledge in one field can be applied to related fields.
- Method and procedure, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate the ability to install audio-visual systems in a familiar context, and the ability to motivate a change using relevant evidence.
- Problem solving, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate the ability to use own knowledge to trouble shoot common problems within a familiar context, and the ability to adjust an application of a common solution within relevant parameters to meet the needs of small changes in the problem or operating context with an understanding of the consequences of related actions.
- Ethics and professional practice, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate the ability to adhere to the SACIA code of conduct, and the ability to understand societal values and ethics.
- Accessing, processing and managing information, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate a basic ability to gather, analyse and evaluate information on audio-visual systems, and carry out actions by interpreting information from text and operational symbols or representations.
- Producing and communicating information, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate the ability to communicate and present information reliably and accurately in written and in oral or signed form.
- Context and systems, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate an understanding of the audio-visual industry as a system within a wider context.
- Management of learning, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate the capacity to take responsibility for own learning within a supervised environment, and the capacity to evaluate own performance against given criteria.
- Accountability, in respect of which an applicant is able to demonstrate the capacity to take decisions about and responsibility for actions, and the capacity to take the initiative to address any shortcomings found.
Applicants should complete an online examination (AVA001) that will test their breadth of knowledge across a range of competencies and technologies specific to the audio-visual industry.
Continuing professional development (CPD) requirements
Designated members are required to:
Recognition of Prior Learning
SACIA’s certification council recognise that many applicants for this designation will not hold an underlying NQF-level 4 qualification. The Council will encourage individual’s lacking such a qualification to apply for a professional designation if they can demonstrate additional work experience in the audio-visual industry. For more information visit the RPL page