Audiovisual technicians set up, maintain, repair, and tear down audio visual equipment used to enhance events, from microphones, video recorders, and projector and screen rental, to sound and lighting rental equipment. They may record meetings and presentations with video cameras, operate spotlights, adjust amplifiers, coordinate graphics, and provide technical support. In addition, AV techs may edit, copy, and store digital media, track inventory, and order supplies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this industry should have an 13% job growth through the 2008-18 decade, which is faster than average compared to other job categories.


There is no one standard. At a minimum, employers usually require a high school education or GED. Some require an associates degree in audio visual technology, while others insist on a bachelor’s degree. Credentialing, such as a Certified Technology Specialist, is offered through InfoComm International.  When selecting an audio visual company, you may wish to request what educational level and certifications the technicians have at that organization.


According to, audio visual technicians must be able to transport, assemble, maintain, and repair equipment used in a sales meeting or event. Knowledge of camera and light equipment rental techniques are essential, as is familiarity with editing equipment and software. Audio visual technicians must be creative, flexible, have strong communication skills, and be able to interact with co-workers and clients. Here is a list of  skills conference and event meeting planners may wish to keep on file when renting audio visual equipment from an event meeting services company.  Does the AV company and/or technician perform the following?

  • Repair and clean the equipment
  • Notify supervisors when equipment repairs are needed
  • Diagnose and resolve media problems on a timely basis
  • Understand interactive technology tool rentals from iPads to audience response systems
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store data
  • Obtain, set up, and load digital media for scheduled events
  • Mix, regulate, and control sound and lighting rental inputs and feeds
  • Maintain inventory of equipment and supplies

However, the primary reason event planners should consider renting corporate audio visual equipment from an  event services company is because seasoned audiovisual technicians can determine approaches, content, and mediums that will effectively meet your objectives within budget constraints — utilizing research, knowledge, and training.

If you are event planning in California, give AV Event Solutions a call. They have qualified and experienced technicians that can make your next event a great success!