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TriCaster Certified Operator Exam

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The NewTek TriCaster Certified Operator Exam is an opportunity to test your skills at creating a live production, using TriCaster. Your Certification gives producers and directors confidence that your skills meet the demands of today's fast-paced production environment.

Cost, Scheduling and Rules

  • The TriCaster Certification exam costs $150.
  • Candidates must bring a valid picture ID with them to the testing center and must have an email account that can be accessed, via a Web browser.
  • You may not talk with anyone or get any help with the exam during testing.

Who Should take the Exam

If you've been working in live event production for years and have some experience with TriCaster, you may be ready to take the exam today. If your experience is more limited, but you've been through a school or training program that included significant experience operating TriCaster, you may also be ready to take the exam. Review the exam topics below and assess your level of knowledge in each of the areas and decide for yourself if you're ready

No prerequisites or specific training courses are required to take the TriCaster Certification Exam. You will need an email account that you can check from a Web browser, such as Gmail, Hotmail, etc.

About the Exam

The TriCaster 855 Certified Operator Exam is a 75-question, multiple choice and multiple response exam. The time limit is 60 minutes and the minimum passing score is 70%. The test items are drawn randomly from a large bank of questions which are divided into nine skills and knowledge areas. For some questions, a description of the initial conditions for the question, and often an image, appears above the question. Read each question carefully, then pick the best response from those given. None of these are trick questions, but the available responses are not meant to describe the complete behavior of the TriCaster, only to test your knowledge of how the machine and a qualified operator work together to produce the best live production. To get the highest possible score, pick the best available answer.

The questions cover a wide range of skills and knowledge of TriCaster 855 and 455 operation in many types of live events. Being a "NewTek Certified Operator" means being ready to take on challenging productions; therefore, the exam is aimed at the TriCaster 855. While many of the skills tested are applicable to all TriCaster models, the exam is primarily focused on the TriCaster 855 using a Control Surface. Where there are differences between the TriCaster 855 and other TriCaster models, the question specifies which model is referenced. Operators preparing for the exam should study the operation of TriCaster 855 with the Control Surface to achieve the highest possible score.

The nine skills and knowledge areas and the percent of questions from each are given in this table, and a more detailed description follows:

Knowledge/Skill Area Percent of Questions
Physical set-up and general video knowledge 13%
Software set-up 7%
Working with sessions 11%
Transferring, loading, and creating media 11%
Networking and streaming to the Web 9%
Live operation 16%
Media players 9%
Virtual inputs, virtual sets, LiveMatte 13%
Working with audio 11%