AVID Pro Tools Certificate Program


Whittier College, an Academic Avid Learning Partner, offers Avid Pro Tools Fundamentals courses required to earn Pro Tools certification. 

Offered on a rolling schedule at the Whittier College campus, Pro Tools courses are limited to 15 students and provide a high level of individualized attention. 

The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) and Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) courses introduce fundamental concepts, principles, and techniques, covering everything individuals need to know in order to competently run a basic or mid-sized Pro Tools project.

The class is designed for both new and experienced Pro Tools users. Students in the Pro Tools certification program will build a foundational understanding of the software, while learning to build sessions designed for commercial purposes and improving the results of their recording, editing, and mixing efforts. 

Becoming an Avid Certified User for Pro Tools allows you to

  • Demonstrate your fundamental competency in digital audio editing and mixing with Avid Pro Tools
  • Provide measurable benefits to current and future employers
  • Differentiate yourself from peers
  • Make your résumé stand out and leverage the power of the Avid brand with downloadable Avid Certified User logos
  • Prove your credentials with a Certificate of Achievement
  • Gain recognition from employers and peers with Avid's online Certified Professional listing

At the end of this course you will be able to

  • Create a Pro Tools session document or cloud-enabled project with appropriate parameter settings
  • Accomplish common audio production tasks 
  • Employ navigation and editing skills in a multi-track Pro Tools document 
  • Incorporate proper recording and mixing techniques for audio and MIDI files in the Pro Tools environment 
  • Analyze and interpret session file structures 
  • Recognize and navigate the user interface and tool set 
  • Manage large track counts and multiple channels of simultaneous inputs and outputs 
  • Create appropriate Pro Tools software and hardware settings 
  • Select appropriate settings in the Playback Engine dialog  
  • Set up and modify input/output (I/O) settings 
  • Assess and integrate virtual instruments and specialized plugins for specific music
  • Utilize advanced recording techniques to capture multiple record takes in succession 
  • Analyze Elastic Audio processors and methods to select appropriate options
  • Utilize Elastic Audio techniques MIDI Real-Time Properties to achieve desired tempo and/or rhythmic effects and outcomes
  • Apply clip-based editing techniques to audio and MIDI tracks 
  • Incorporate automated mixing techniques into a Pro Tools workflow for selective during a session post-production tasks automation 
  • Be ready to sit the associated certification exams 

Next Course Dates

Fall Session: September 26 to October 24

40 hours of online instruction across five consecutive Saturdays. Class meets from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. on September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, and October 24.


Cesar Mejia

Cesar Mejia is an L.A. based engineer and producer who has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Herbie Hancock, Los Lobos, Brian Eno, Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, and Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. Mejia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts and a Master of Arts in Technology-Based Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has taught courses on music production, mixing and mastering, beginning and advanced audio engineering, music synthesis and recording studio maintenance.  


Textbooks for Avid Pro Tools 101 and Avid Pro Tools 110 along with the costs of two Avid certification tests are included.

  • Whittier Students, Staff, and Faculty: $1000
  • General Public: $1,300.00

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