Changes In InfoComm International’s Membership And Education

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

InfoComm International, a Fairfax, Virginia-based non-profit trade association dedicated to serving the professional audiovisual communications industry worldwide, will, as of early 2013, simplify its membership structure and expand the amount of free and discounted education offered to members.

“In 2011, the Membership Committee dedicated themselves to resolving long-time challenges voiced by InfoComm’s members, including reducing the number of membership options and addressing the administrative constraints revolving around InfoComm’s EduBucks program,” says Duffy Wilbert, senior vice- president, member services, InfoComm International. “The result is a streamlined membership structure, more free online education, and a standard discount for other training and publications.”

Along with these enhancements, the EduBucks program will be retired at the end of 2012. While the EduBucks program was initially well-received, confusion about eligibility and concerns about administration have lingered.

Corporate membership, for businesses, institutions and organizations, will be priced at $500 per year, and will include unlimited access to selected online classes free ($100 value per student), discounted education, free copies of InfoComm/ANSI Standards, discounted market research, and other benefits.

Individual membership, priced at $150 annually, will include discounted training and selected free market research. Both membership levels will include free access to all InfoComm trade shows around the world.

“As an organization dedicated to the advancement of the industry, InfoComm is pleased to offer a wide variety of free and reduced-cost training to our members,” says Wilbert. “Because we are discontinuing the EduBucks program, we want to encourage our members to spend their allotment this year at InfoComm 2012 and other in-person and online training sessions by the end of the year.

“By offering our most popular on-line programs at no cost, and a standard discount on all other classes, InfoComm is making it easier to train the next generation of AV professionals.”

InfoComm International is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, the Middle East, China and Latin America.

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