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Kramer Offers Free Classes to AV Pros

Kramer USA has licensed three of InfoComm's education products and is offering complimentary classes to groups of AV professionals nationwide, the company said last week.

Kramer USA has licensed three of InfoComm's education products and is offering complimentary classes to groups of AV professionals nationwide, the company said last week.

Max Kopsho, director of training and consultant relations for Kramer, has been teaching sessions of CTS Study Group and Essentials of the AV Industry to hundreds of students since earlier in the year. Participating companies have included CCS Presentation Systems, CTG-Atlanta, and DASCOM Systems, according to Kramer. The manufacturer has also licensed InfoComm's AV/IT Integration training and says it plans to offer those classes later in the year.

"We believe we have a responsibility as a manufacturer to educate our customers on current technologies, as well as emerging technological trends," said David M. Bright, president of Kramer Electronics, in a statement. "To merely concentrate on our own product training would be short-sighted and self-serving. In these trying economic times, many dealers cannot afford to do in-house training of their own, and need the help of their vendors to educate their new employees and also advance the education of their experienced staff."

Bright said that in the long run, helping develop well-educated industry professionals would benefit everyone and help the U.S. industry to maintain its global leadership.

In order to encourage participants to complete their CTS certification, Kramer has reserved testing space for a CTS Study Group at Prometric Testing centers. Many of the classes Kramer offers also provide renewal units (RUs), the continuing education credits required to maintain Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credentials.

The company also compiled a book that has been broken into 17 white papers on such topics as AV Signal Amplification, AV Systems and Interference, Coaxial Cable Performance and Construction, and Switching and Control. Pros who read these papers can take a brief test afterwards and receive some of the 30 renewal units necessary to maintain their CTS credential at no charge.



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