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JULY 2019




ABTT SILVER Certificated Award for Theatre Sound Engineers Training at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, July 2019

This course has limited places left.

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Dates: Monday 29th July – Saturday 3rd August 2019  (You must complete all 6 days to obtain full accreditation)

Venue: Warwick Arts, Centre, Coventry.

Costs: (please note your place cannot be confirmed without a deposit of £100)

For those with ABTT Membership £720 + VAT

Non-members £820.00 + VAT

[This course is only open to ABTT Members who have completed the BRONZE Award course or those who have achieved equivalent skill and knowledge].

NB: All payments are non-refundable; please contact the ABTT as soon as possible if you anticipate any problems in attending the course for which you have booked and we shall do our utmost to assist you in finding a suitable opportunity to participate in the training you desire.

To include:

  • Work at height with PPE

This is intended as an introduction to working at height in the entertainment industry. The module includes methods and best practice in using personal protective equipment for working at height. Its aim it to impart knowledge about using PPE when working at height and an understanding of the Work at Height Regulations

  • Electronics Fundamentals 1

The course covers basic electrical/electronic theory and soldering skills, culminating in the analysis and assembly of a battery powered impedance/continuity tester. The course covers voltage, current, power, resistors. Ohms Law, sine wave, square waves, alternating current, direct current, capacitors, inductors, fuses, MCBs, RCDs, diodes and transistors.

  • Electronics Fundamentals 2

This  course builds on the theory of Part 1 with an analysis of the components of an integrated circuit, voltage divider, operational amplifier, logic gates and output drivers and looks at typical equipment application within a theatre environment. This course looks at electronics applications within dimmers, lighting and sound control systems which utilise DMX and Ethernet.

  • Portable Appliance Testing

The course will set out systems to organise the portable appliance testing of theatre electrical equipment and for theatre electricians to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations for inspection & testing of portable appliances. The course includes visual inspection and electrical testing; testing periods; record keeping; managing the system of inspection and testing; selection of suitable testing instruments. Following on from the recent Löfstedt Report, the course reflects the widely misunderstood requirement to carry out inspection annually, regardless of equipment, type, usage or environment, and the need to ‘risk assess’ the requirement for inspections and test. The course also covers the use of hired equipment, examining where responsibilities lie with reference to the hire company and the hirer.

  • Communications

The good sound technician needs to be proficient in sound communication systems used today. The module looks at the different types of communication systems used in theatre to keep the show running reliably: Wired headsets systems; show relay and paging; cue lights; CCTV; analogue and digital wireless talkback systems and how to interface several systems together effectively.

  • Sound Essentials

Sound Essentials covers the important theoretical knowledge that a competent sound technician needs to understand. Topics covered include: understanding the fundamentals of sound; making the right connections; gain structure; signal to noise ratio; loudspeaker impedance; microphone types and a brief introduction to digital theory.

  • Advanced Sound

This course covers the more advanced theoretical and practical skills that a sound technician requires. Topics include: sound wave theory; digital theory; MIDI; harmonic series; acoustics; reverberation time and  Haas effect. Different styles of sound system plans will be examined and there will be a practical exercise using a computerised playback system. The course will also look at the knowledge required to design sound systems for musical theatre. Aspects discussed will be: different approaches to using microphones and loudspeakers; the use of radio microphones and in-ear monitoring; the effect that the venue acoustics will have on the sound and finally the part that the audience plays in the process.

  • Silver Award Sound TestTo be completed on the last day.


Warwick Arts Centre University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road,Coventry, CV4 7AL