06.05.09

InfoComm launches staging course

InfoComm International has introduced a rental and staging course that will take place at London’s PLASA show in September 2009.

The course, titled Staging and Event Management, will be taught by Andre LeJeune who has worked in the field for more than twenty years. Christopher Lavelle, UK and Ireland regional manager for InfoComm, said feedback from members had spurred the creation of the course that covers pre-show planning, contract labour, rigging, audio systems, video and display systems and stage lighting.

Infocomm has also revealed its series of courses that will run from May to September 2009 throughout the EMEA region. Lavelle encouraged any downtime to be used for training, which will put companies in good stead as the market picks up again. “Businesses need to utilise the time they have,” he added. “People are often too busy to take up training because they are absorbed with contracts. If a situation arises where they do have some spare time we urge them to develop their education in AV."

Lavelle said he had noticed a slight reduction in attendance for recent courses but added that online training and seminars held at trade shows were still in high demand. “There is a possibility that the drop-off is due to the problems with the economy and I think perhaps companies are downsizing so they can’t release staff for maybe two or three days at a time,” he said. “However, we are also seeing that people will invest the time and money in training if they have spare time.”

InfoComm International also announced a round table discussion, focussing on pressing issues in the AV industry, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on July 23, 2009.

Upcoming classes
AVIT211 AV/IT Integration for Technical Professionals: May 11-13, Dubai, UAE

GEN111DEU Grundlagen der AV-Industrie (AV Essentials): June 1-3, Uhingen, Germany (Seminar will be presented in German)

DES312 Systems Design: July 1-3, Hertfordshire, UK

GEN112 CTS Study Group: July 21-23, Johannesburg, South Africa

DES212 AV Design Principles: Environment: September 1-3, Hertfordshire, UK

EVS212 Staging and Event Management: September, PLASA, UK