Mar 26, 2010 10:53 AM, By Mike Keadle, CTS-D, CTS-I
- Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA)
- Crestron HD Digital Transport and Distribution System Specification and DigitalMedia Certification Program
- InfoComm's Wednesday Webinars
- National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA)
- The E4 AV Tour
InfoComm’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential has long been recognized in our industry. Over the years, it has evolved from a much simpler online class and test to a full ANSI-accredited certification. It is targeted toward those who create, operate, manage, or service AV solutions.
The current General CTS exam is administered in an applicant’s local area by Prometric, a professional testing organization offering facilities both nationally and internationally. Fees for the exam range from $290 for an InfoComm member to $390 for a nonmember within the United States. Fees outside of the United States are $310 for members and $410 for nonmembers. More information regarding the General CTS exam can be found on InfoComm’s website in the CTS Exam Candidate Handbook. The handbook provides all necessary information including an exam overview and application, preparation and education information, testing information, and even sample questions.
Taking the General CTS certification to the next level, InfoComm also offers the Specialized CTS certification in either Design (CTS-D) or Install (CTS-I). Both specialized certifications are ANSI-accredited just like the General CTS. They are a more in-depth accounting of an individual’s knowledge and skillset in the specific disciplines of AV design and AV installation. Like the General CTS, the CTS-D and CTS-I exams are administered in a Prometric testing facility near the applicant’s area of residency. Fees for the Specialized CTS exams are the same as those of the General CTS exam: $290 for an InfoComm member or $390 for a nonmember within the United States. Fees outside of the United States are $310 for members or $410 for nonmembers. More information on the CTS-D and CTS-I exams can be found on InfoComm’s website in the CTS-D and CTS-I exam handbooks. The handbooks provide all necessary information about the exam and exam process, as well as all necessary information and application for the exam.
InfoComm has also just launched a new AV Technologist certificate program. This program is geared toward providing employers a way to verify the knowledge of entry-level employees and to allow new AV industry workers a chance to prove what they have learned. The AV Technologist exam is administered on a local computer, not a testing facility. The cost of the exam is $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers.
For more information on any of InfoComm’s certification programs, visit www.infocomm.org/certification.
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