As part of a comprehensive overhaul of its certification program, CEDIA has delivered on another key objective: launching beta testing for the CEDIA Cabling & Infrastructure Technician (CIT) Certification. CIT Certification is geared toward those who are just starting in the industry or are embarking on the early stages of a career as a technician. Registration for the beta test is available now and it will be administered virtually from November 5 through November 30.
“Beta testing is one of the final, but one of the most crucial, stages in making CIT Certification a reality,” says CEDIA director of certification David Whitney. “For technicians, especially if you’re new to the field or looking to be recognized for your technical competence, the CIT beta test is a chance to earn CEDIA newest certification at a discounted price. Experienced individuals will also want to earn this certification on their way to CEDIA’s higher credentials. The feedback gathered from all participants will be used to ensure that the final exam is accurate, fair, and can be trusted to reliably measure a new technician’s readiness for work.”
Beta testers will receive results in December. This version of the exam, which can be taken virtually through the Kryterion Remote Proctoring system, is longer than the final, published version — three hours, compared to two. The process ensures the best outcome for the final version.
“This certification is a new essential standard for our industry,” says certification commission chairman Dennis Erskine. “It measures the very important set of knowledge and skills that every technician should possess to work safely and effectively on a jobsite during the first years of their career. Employers looking to get new technicians up to speed quickly now have a clear target to aim for and an outline to get there. Ensuring that new hires know the right way to do things from the start is a smart investment that every business owner should be making.”
Registration is now open and the 180-question beta test is being offered for the special price of $50. The CIT exam is built on the framework developed by the Job Task Analysis, which was completed earlier this year. The CIT Exam Development Task Force, comprised of industry-experienced volunteers, has worked to craft the exam.
CIT is the prerequisite for CEDIA Integrated Systems Technician (IST) Certification, which is under development and is slated to be fully complete in Spring 2021. CEDIA is seeking volunteers to participate in development of the IST exam and other projects and are encouraged to connect to more about those opportunities here.
More details on all CEDIA Certifications, their benefits, and ways to participate are available at cedia.net/certification. CEDIA recently published the Cabling & Infrastructure Technician book, which is a key reference for this exam.