Henry Ford said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
For most of us, school eventually ends. We stop riding the school bus, we stop meeting friends at lockers, and we stop planning out study schedules and extra credit opportunities. That can be a relief, honestly, but we should never let ourselves stop learning. We can listen to podcasts, read books, chat with colleagues and friends about different fields and experiences, and sign up for professional courses and certificates. If there’s one thing that’s true across every industry, it’s that the world is not the same as it was when you started your job. Integrating new skills into your repertoire isn’t only good for keeping you young, it helps you transform yourself and your business.
At Complete Crewing, we know a key way to sustain our creativity and passion for all AV, labor, and production services is through continuous training. Learning new skills keeps us on our toes, and refreshing old skills keeps us at the top of our game. This is especially important when it comes to safety training. We’re a team and our team stays strong by staying safe. We continuously make sure our crew are aware of the types of hazards in our industry, and training in Health and Safety through OSHA, ETCP, and the Event Safety Alliance is an important standard of our company.
If you’d like to challenge yourself and learn something new, check out the following resources:
AVIXA™ is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, and Complete Crewing is a member. AVIXA combines resources for AV certifications, trainings, market intelligence, and thought leadership, and works with professionals from more than 80 countries. They provide training for teams and individuals on the topics of: General Knowledge, Installation, Design, Technology Management, Live Events, Networking and Technology, and Project Management and Business Development. Their offered certifications include CTS, CTS-I, and CTS-D.
Some upcoming classes include:
- September 18th Webinar: Hearing What Isn’t Said – Better Communication for Greater Success
- October 9th Webinar: Experiential Content for Any Display Technology
PCMA was founded in Philadelphia, PA, as the Professional Convention Management Association. It is a leader in professional and personal development, and business growth and success. It has 7,000 members (we are one of them), and is active in 30 countries. It offers multiple educational opportunities, including:
- CMP Online Prep
- DES Certification
- Conference and Event Professional Certificate Course
- CMP Convene Series
- PCMA Business Event Bootcamp
At Complete Crewing, all of our labor coordinators are OSHA Card holders, which is achieved upon successful completion of the 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA Outreach courses. The OSHA Education Center offers OSHA training to construction and general industry workers nationwide. They offer group rates for corporate accounts, and online courses.
If you’re looking for some tools to help you learn more about hosting an event in Chicago, this is a great resource. Choose Chicago offers a bimonthly Meeting Professionals newsletter; a venue search tool; and a Meetings Marketing Toolkit.
As always, if you need a personalized touch and desire in-depth information on hosting an event, reach out to our team. We are a single source for all your local labor and production crew needs, and offer detailed crew budgets and schedules with no surprises. We combine decades of experience with continuous learning, and that helps us bring our clients successful shows and complete satisfaction every day.