industry certifications for audio professionals

Upon hearing the phrase “industry certification” an audio engineer might think immediately of ProTools, installers might be inclined to think of the various options offered by InfoComm, and engineers of all kinds are bound to think of Syn-Aud-Con. However, after another desk-bound work-week, I’m definitely thinking about a completely different yet equally important area of education for engineers.

Why’s that? In the past week, I spent almost every hour on the computer! Not hours surfing the ‘Net or Twittering, but maintaining web servers, encoding video, and performing scores of other computer based tasks. So what certifications do I think are equally important for today’s multifaceted audio professional? Well, I’m talking about Apple Certification!

From TUAW:
Not many people know about the certifications available to Apple professionals. Certification has a number of benefits to independent consultants and wage slaves alike, including recognition of professional competency, credibility with clients and employers, and the ability to publicize your certifications on Apple’s website.

more from TUAW

For many recording engineers, the obvious choice will be the Pro Applications Certification, as it certifies the student in ProTools’ rather formidable opponent Logic. However, for system administrators there are serious advantages to the Mac OS X, Max OS  X Server, and Hardware Certifications. While I’m not going to go into significant detail here about what each certification entails, check out the read links for further details. I’m sure you’ll at least find the possibilities intriguing!

Are you Apple Certified? Do you hold any of the other audio professional certifications mentioned above (or any I missed!)? Let us know in the comments, and let us know how you’ve befitted from your respective certification.

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Kyle P. Snyder

Kyle P. Snyder is an engineer, educator, and consultant skilled in audio recording and mixing, sound design for film and video, facility design and integration, and live event production. Snyder works remotely on projects of all sizes from his Ohio-based studio, White Coat Audio, LLC. He is also a faculty member within Ohio University’s School of Media Arts & Studies dedicated to the advancement of audio education for engineers at every stage of development where he routinely teaches courses in music production, critical listening, and sound design for film and video.