Avid Learning Partner Newsletter — Autumn 2016

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Welcome! This  is the second edition of the “Avid Learning Partner Newsletter’, designed to provide you with all the latest news and information on Avid training and certification, as well as the latest special offers available from Avid.

Each edition of the ALP Newsletter will feature new and forthcoming course and certification releases, details on updates to the course curriculums, local regional news and information, as well as the latest offers available to ALPs to enable you to be successful at delivering training and certification to your students and customers.

We welcome all comments and feedback on the newsletter, in particular what you would like to see included in future editions. Please send your feedback to your Regional ALP Manager, or directly to myself via simon.maskrey@avid.com.

Happy reading!

Changes ahead for the Avid Learning Partner Program


Over the last few months, you will have noticed many changes at Avid, a steady cadence of new product versions, with solid new features that are really opening doors and changing workflows. Avid Education has been hard at work improving our products and programs too.

Recent improvements and new developments on the horizon includes:

  • Annual ALP Summits
  • New courses and certifications
  • Refreshed Media Composer curriculum design
  • Simplified ALP annual fees and ALP classifications
  • New ALP pricing structure
  • Streamlined ALP support processes
  • Expanded ALP benefits
  • Clearer documentation of benefits and requirements

To start the process of evolving the ALP program we need to implement a new legal agreement that keeps the best of our current contracts, but also adds more of the specificity that partners (and also our legal team) have been asking for.There will be some degree of legalese to the process, as you might expect, but it’s a necessary first step to the next stage of the Avid Learning Partner Program.  To that end Avid Education gave notice at the start of October that as of January 1st 2017, all current ALP contracts will be terminated.

Starting in October and continuing through mid-November, ALPs will be getting new contracts and other documents, with a built-in transition period so their coverage and membership in the ALP family will not be impacted.  We will be working individually with each of our ALPs (and collectively as well), making sure all are taken care of and all questions are answered.

To support this roll-out we have planned a number of live webinars,  scheduled for the convenience of each geographic region. Please check the announcement email for more details, or contact your local Regional ALP Manager. If you have any specific questions that cannot wait for our next communication please contact your regional ALP manager and as always – thank you all for the great work that you do!

Certified Students now get automatic membership of the Avid Customer Association

As part of our intent to keep adding to the value and benefits of being ‘Avid Certified’ anyone who passes an Avid certification exam will be automatically enrolled as a member of the Avid Customer Association (ACA).


Launched in September 2013, the ACA is a customer run-and-led organization, designed to foster deep collaboration between Avid and the people dedicated to proactively shaping the future of the industry.  As a member of the ACA your students will be joining an innovative and influential community of media industry professionals, enabling them to begin to build up their professional network, supporting their professional career development.

Check out more details on the ACA and let your students know!

Avid Education teams with Moviola to offer ACSR Pro Tools in Hollywood

Avid Education is extremely pleased to announce it has extended its Avid Learning Partner agreement with Moviola to enable them to deliver the ACSR Pro Tools System Support (PT400) course and certification in their education center in Los Angeles, CA.

What’s more the first offering of this course was scheduled around AES 2016, so any one attending the show could take the opportunity to take a class and become an Avid Certified Support Representative for Pro Tools before they headed home.

Visit the AES Blog page for more details.

‘Inside the Edit’ for Avid Learning Partners

If you attended the ALP Summit in July you’ll have heard about an amazing new Education resource from Inside The Edit, the industry’s leading creative training website. Inside The Edit is the first eLearning company to concentrate solely on teaching the actual art form of editing and not the technical side of any software. Within just two years they already count international broadcasters such as Viacom, Vice Media & Discovery as their clients.


Inside The Edit is the most in depth editing course ever to appear online, with nearly 200 creative training tutorials that cover every aspect of pro level editing. Paddy Bird, one of the industry’s most prolific editors, spent three years developing the course and all of its unique content.

ITE also provide a complete package of training materials for every member with over 35 hours of raw footage from a prime time level television show, footage logs, interview transcripts, director’s notes as well as 2000 music tracks from Universal Production Music. These can be used copyright free by students for showreels, Vimeo and YouTube Channels to attract potential clients and employers.

As the need for blended learning grows, Inside The Edit is particularly suited for educational institutions. Creative tasks are set at the end of each tutorial which can easily integrated into any existing academic course structure thus relieving busy film and television lecturers of heavy workloads.

Many of the UK’s and US’s leading media universities and film schools will be rolling out Inside The Edit’s Creative Editing Course at the start of this academic year.


“At Ravensbourne we’ve been running undergraduate courses in editing for over a decade. We often wrestle with the question of how best to teach the craft of editing to large cohorts. We think Inside The Edit has the answer. ITE is a unique training resource.”

—Greg Loftin, Course leader of Post Production, Ravensbourne.


ALPs are being offered special pricing on multi-license purchases, with price per student as low as £25/$32 per year. Inside The Edit are offering all ALP’s temporary licenses in order to assess the suitability of The Creative Editing Course for their institution. If you’d like to take up this offer please contact Regional ALP Manager

Watch one of Inside The Edit’s tutorials here:

Check out Inside The Edit’s Website


Media Composer v8.6 Curriculum Update

New Design–New Course Lengths-New Footage-New Names-New Pricing!

As announced in last month’s ALP-ACI newsflash* the new v8.6 Media Composer 100-level curriculum is now available for order. 100-level ACI recertification is underway and 200 level is coming in early October, with MC201/210 course material available to preorder now.

More information about how to register for 200-level ACI recertification will be announced in an upcoming ALP- ACI Newsflash. Watch out for more details. There’s a lot that’s new in this curriculum release, so please take a moment to read through the new course descriptions and tables of contents for each course.

All prices quoted below include relevant exam(s)
Prices quoted in $US – Check with regional teams for local currency price.

MC101 Media Composer Fundamentals I
16 hours
Paper Book Part Number 9320-70051-00
Paper Book ISBN 978-1-943446-22-3
Ebook Part Number 9511-65980-00
Ebook ISBN 978-1-943446-23-0

MC101 Course Description
MC101 Table of Contents

MC110 Media Composer Fundamentals II
24 hours
Paper Book Part Number 9320-70052-00
Paper Book ISBN 978-1-943446-24-7
Ebook Part Number 9511-65981-00
Ebook ISBN 978-1-943446-25-4

MC110 Course Description
MC110 Table of Contents

MC201 Media Composer Professional Editing I
16 hours
Paper Book Part Number 9320-70055-00
Paper Book ISBN 978-1-943446-26-1
Ebook Part Number 9511-65984-00
Ebook ISBN 978-1-943446-27-8

MC201 Course Description
MC201 Table of Contents

MC210 Media Composer Professional Editing II (formerly 205)
24 hour
Paper Book Part Number 9320-70053-00
Paper Book ISBN 978-1-943446-28-5
Ebook Part Number 9511-65982-00
Ebook ISBN 978-1-943446-29-2

MC210 Course Description
MC210 Table of Contents


*Search for “[ACI] ALP NEWSFLASH: Media Composer v8.6 Books and ACI Recertification” in your mailbox to read the previous email announcement.

AMER Announcements

Avid Education AMER Summit –  July 2016

On Saturday July 23rd , the University of California, School of Cinema played host to almost 100 ACIs and Avid Learning Partner representatives for the Avid Education Summit of the Americas.  Attendees came from a dozen U.S. states, as well as Mexico and Colombia, for a weekend full of networking, info sessions and workshops.

The day kicked off with Andy Cook and Bryan Castle, Jr. presenting Avid’s Global Education Strategy, sharing a preview and discussion of coming changes and improvements to the ALP Program, followed by Doug Price and Don Rohrer of Avid Sales discussing the hiring trends they are seeing with media enterprise customers among new grads and how Avid Learning Partners can better prepare their students to take advantage of these trends.  (Two words: Media management)

In the afternoon, Avid course authors Frank Cook, Jenny Amaya and Bryan Castle, Jr. led ACI recertification sessions on Pro Tools, Sibelius and Media Composer, followed by brief presentations from special guests and strategic partners, Misha Tenenbaum, of EditStock.com, and Paddy Bird, of Inside the Edit.  Each offer unique and complementary products that ALPs can leverage to further enrich their classroom training, and we were excited to hear that some ALPs had already been working with EditStock.com.  Both offer attractive discounts for Avid Learning Partners, and free trials are available to ALPs for Inside the Edit. (Contact your regional ALP manager for more info)

No conference is complete without awards, and Musician’s Institute took home the prize for the ALP in attendance that had certified the most students, while Beth Sweeney, of University of California Los Angeles, was recognized as the ACI with the most certifications to her name, including multiple levels of User, Instructor and ACSR certifications on multiple products.  Beth knows her stuff!

Day 1 came to an end with drinks and networking at the The Lab. On Sunday, attendees were treated to a very special film screening at the Los Angeles Film School, followed by a Q&A with award-winning editor, Kevin Tent. Kevin was everything attendees could hope for: down-to-earth, funny, open and engaging. Kevin even joined us for a final drink at closing reception. It was the highlight and a fitting conclusion to an outstanding weekend event.

We would like to give special thanks and recognition to Rich Hyland of USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Darren Millar of the Los Angeles Film School for your efforts and contributions.  The day would not have been such a success without you!

Plans are already underway for next year’s Avid Education Summits.  Will you join us next year in July?  Is June or August better?  What workshops and info sessions would you like to attend?   East Coast or West Coast? Who would you LOVE to see as the keynote speaker?

Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey to share your ideas!  Click here.

Welcome New Avid Learning Partners!

Avid Education would like to extend a warm welcome to our new — or newly expanded — Avid Learning Partners in the Americas.

  • Action Sports Technology Resource Organization (ASTRO)
  • Community College of Aurora
  • Crescenta Valley High School // Glendale Unified School District
  • CUNY Brooklyn College, Feinstein Graduate School expanded to 200 licenses
  • Escuela de Audio y Sonido (EAS), Colombia
  • Five Towns College
  • Loyola University
  • LS Media, Canada
  • Marymount California University
  • Nature Coast Technical High School
  • New York Film Academy, Los Angeles
  • Northwestern State College,
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • San Diego State University
  • Templo DJ
  • University of Saint Francis
  • Valley Christian High School


2017 ACI Course Schedule Posted

Looking to step up to the next level of certification?  Know a friend or colleague who wants to get certified?  Check out the 2017 course schedule for Pro Tools, Media Composer, and Sibelius.

Click the link, and then select ACI Schedule:


EMEA Announcements

Avid Education EMEA Summit – July 2016

The EMEA Partner Summit took place back in July, hosted by the University of Salford. The summit was designed to provide a forum for EMEA ALPs and Avid Education to connect and network, as well as provide information and training to help ACI’s keep their Media Composer and Pro Tools certification status up to date.  Many thanks to all who attended. We really appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedules to come along.

A huge well done to those who attended the 310|S6 course at SSR Manchester, and to Paul Maunder (SSR) and Gray Burnett (Academy of Sound and Engineering, SA) who passed the practical exam to become Avid Certified Instructors for S6!

Congratulations also to all those who attended and passed the IN101, NC120 and MC 100 level T3 courses.

“Thank you for the Summit which was a really interesting and valuable event.” —Peter Goodwin, Liverpool John Moore University.


“Thanks to you and Tim for organising the ALP Summit in Manchester. It was good to get an update on the curriculum, catch up with you both and other ACI’s.” —Peter Williams, Middlesex University.


“Thanks again for organising the summit.  We found it really useful and thoroughly enjoyed it too.” —Tom Aston, SSR Manchester

We are extremely pleased to hear you found this a useful event and plan to continue keeping the community updated and connected. A huge word of thanks to the University of Salford for being our hosts and taking take of everyone over the weekend. 

Watch out for details on next years Summit soon!

Welcome New Avid Learning Partners

  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK – Pro Tools, Media Composer & Sibelius
  • Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance, UK – Pro Tools
  • Manipal University, Dubai – Pro Tools & Media Composer
  • TRT World, Enterprise Partner, Turkey – iNews
  • School Training, Spain – Pro Tools


Avid Learning Partners who have expanded their partnership with us 

  • Oxford Brookes
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Birmingham City University –


All now delivering 200 level Media Composer courses.

APAC Announcements

Welcome to New Avid Learning Partners

Avid training is getting more active in the region all the time. A warm welcome to our newest Avid Learning Partners

  • Creative Media Institute (Myanmar) – Pro Tools
  • Shanghai Vancouver Film School (China) – Media Composer
  • Sungkyul University (Korea) – Pro Tools and Sibelius
  • Korea Art Conservatory – Pro Tools

 Avid Education Breaks Barriers

The Asia Pacific region is a dynamic mix of culture, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more diverse region anywhere. Some countries are well established with Avid products, and the professional workflow solutions that accompany our suite of creative tools, but there are a few regions that are only recently moving toward Avid solutions.

In the last few months Avid Education has offered high-level training into two new regions – Myanmar and Vietnam. Myanmar’s Creative Media Institute is Avid’s first ever official Avid Learning Partner (ALP) in that country, and we kicked things off with Avid Certified Instructor training. The class did very well and are already starting to offer classes!

Vietnam Television (VTV), the leading network in the country, has a training facility in Ha Noi. Recently, we did two weeks of Media Composer and Pro Tools user certification training and workflow training. The classes were also great, and all students attained user certification! Discussions are underway with regard to VTV’s training center itself becoming an Avid Learning Partner, so this training will hopefully be the first of many!

Upcoming Training Events in APAC


Date Course Venue Registration
Oct 24th – 28th UN422 ACSR Avid ISIS | 5000/7000 System Support Amber Technology (Sydney, Australia) Register for UN422
Nov 14th – 18th WG433 ACSR Avid Interplay System Support Amber Technology (Sydney, Australia) Register for UN433
Nov 28th – Dec 2nd UN422 ACSR Avid ISIS | 5000/7000 System Support Amber Technology (Sydney, Australia) Register for UN422
Dec 12th – 16th WG433 – ACSR Interplay System Support Amber Technology (Sydney, Australia) Register for UN433


Thank you for taking the time to read the Autumn 2016 education of the Avid Learning Partner Newsletter. We hope you found the information helpful to you as one of our Learning Partners.

We welcome all comments and feedback on the newsletter, in particular what you would like to see included in future editions. Please send any comments you have either to your Regional ALP Manager or directly to myself via simon.maskrey@avid.com.


Finally, do not forget to check-out the new look and feel Avid Education website, with all the latest course descriptions, certification overviews and much more.


After 27 years in training as Global Certification Manager I now support the advancement and validation of skills to harness the power of Avid’s solutions.