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Mar 26, 2010 10:53 AM,
By Mike Keadle, CTS-D, CTS-I

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

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

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