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ABTT SILVER Certificated Award for Theatre Sound Technicians Training (Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, August 2016)


Download and complete the course PDF here Summer School_Silver Sound Technicians_Warwick_2016

Dates: Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 2016  (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 £800.00 + 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 heights. Its aim it to impart knowledge 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, ECB, ELCB, diodes and transistors.

  • Electronics Fundamentals 2

This builds on the theory of Part one with an analysis of integral 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 will look at theatre application within dimmers, lighting and sound control systems using DX and Ethernet.

  • Portable Appliance Testing & Sound Communications
  • See Stage Electricians outline for full details on this course element.
  • The good sound engineer or theatre 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

The first of a series of courses dealing with sound techniques. Sound Essentials covers the important theoretical knowledge that an otherwise competent sound engineer or venue 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

  • Advanced Sound

This course will cover the more advanced theoretical and practical skills that a sound engineer or venue technician may need to know. Topics in Advanced Sound include sound wave theory, digital theory, MIDI, harmonic series, acoustics, reverberation time, Haas effect. Different styles of drawing 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. Many aspects will be examined from the 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 Test

To be completed on the last day.


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