Industry Training by ARCIA

Demand is high for engineers and critical communications professionals to continue to up-skill and develop their knowledge in sometimes specialist areas within the field.  To meet this demand, ARCIA, in collaboration with industry experts, offers online short courses that deliver continued professional development for all, no matter your location. Capacity is limited, so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

Training dates will be announced as they are finalised, based on the required number of students being booked to run each course, and will be posted to the events section of the ARCIA website, in addition to being shared with those who are booked or who have expressed an interest to book . If you would like to attend an ARCIA online short course, please complete the form below noting which course(s) you wish to attend, or to suggest an alternate course offering, and receive updates about course availability, booking and timings.

Currently available online short courses:

Introduction to Radio Communications – BOOK NOW

This course introduces students to radio communication and associated technologies. Modules include an overview of radio service as a transmission media, how transmitters and receivers work, and an overview of wave propagation and radio antenna systems.

  • Trainer: Chris Stevens, Managing Director, CartGIS
  • Dates: 11-14 June, 2024
  • Training duration: 4 x 2.5hr sessions (10hrs total)
  • Cost: ARCIA Member = $1160 +GST; Non-member = $1450 +GST
  • Target audience: The information is introductory and designed for all audiences. Students will acquire a basic understanding of radio communications theory. This course is designed for students (individuals) who are new to the radio/critical communication industry.
  • Course outline:
    • Introduction to Radio Communications
    • Radio frequency
    • Radio types and systems
    • Radio antenna systems
    • Transmission lines and feeders
    • Filters and multi-coupling
    • Tower and site
    • Power systems
    • Earthing
    • Interference
    • Data networks and linking
    • Radio communications testing and equipment maintenance
    • Standards and quality control

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Microwave Engineering Masterclass

In this course, participants will learn how to plan, design and operate radio networks. At the end of this course, you will understand the overall microwave market with an update on current and future developments, including how to apply the latest planning standards.

  • Trainer: Trevor Manning, Director, Trevor Manning Global
  • Training duration: 5 x 2.5hr sessions (12.5hrs total)
  • Cost: ARCIA Members = $1280 +GST; Non-member = $1600 +GST
  • Target audience:  Transmission design and planning engineers, Maintenance technicians and network operational staff, Microwave vendors and consultants, Managers and project managers who want an authoritative overview of microwave design and operation
  • Course outline:
    • An industry update on what’s new in microwave radio
    • Fundamentals of microwave and mmWave
    • Safety of microwave radio signals
    • Planning considerations using Digital Terrain tools
    • Practical considerations for site builds, including passive repeaters
    • Site and link survey techniques
    • Equipment characteristics, including modulation schemes and fading countermeasures
    • Antennas and frequency planning
    • Link design and reliability calculations from a real-world perspective

Introduction to Digital LMR Standards and Planning

This course introduces the student to the digital land mobile radio (LMR) standards and technology. Modules include an overview of digital radio standards as a transmission media including the different standards, modulation, and vocoders. Each of the respective digital standards will be investigated.

  • Trainer: Chris Stevens, Managing Director, CartGIS
  • Training duration: 4 x 2hr sessions (8hrs total)
  • Cost: ARCIA Member = $1080 +GST; Non-member = $1350 +GST
  • Target audiences: The information is introductory and designed for all audiences, however, a basic understanding of radio communications would be beneficial. This course is designed for students (individuals) who are new to the radio/critical communication industry.
  • Course Outline
    • Introduction to Digital Land Mobile Radio (LMR)
    • Digital radio types and systems
    • APCO Project 25 (P25)
    • Tetra
    • Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)
    • NXDN/dPMR
    • Digital Standard Comparison

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