Fairfax, VA–InfoComm International, the trade association serving the professional audiovisual industry, has announced that more than 6,500 AV professionals have earned its Certified Technology Specialist credential. This marks more than a 44-percent increase in CTS holders since January 2006.
“The AV industry recognizes that its future success is tied to providing quality products and integration services to customers,” said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director, InfoComm International. “Increasing reliance on InfoComm’s CTS program is indicative of the AV industry’s strong commitment to training its workforce and providing exemplary customer service.”
InfoComm’s move to secure ANSI/IS0/IEC 17024 accreditation for the CTS program has also increased interest in the program. Recently, ANSI officially accepted InfoComm’s letter of intent to formally begin the application and review process that will ultimately lead to the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Personnel Certification Accreditation of the CTS and CTS-I exams. Other ANSI accreditation applicants include Cisco, Microsoft, and CompTIA.
“InfoComm is committed to aligning with world-class organizations and corporations,” said Lemke. “Having a certification program that is accredited with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 is a logical next step for the CTS program and supports the AV industry’s phenomenal growth and credibility.”
Moving toward ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Personnel Certification Accreditation requires a change in testing procedures, including offering CTS and CTS-I tests at conveniently placed secure testing centers around the world.
The CTS designation is for AV professionals who have demonstrated knowledge of the science and technology used in communications including audio, video, display and systems. Audiovisual industry technicians, engineers, designers, salespeople, customer service personnel, managers and executives are among those eligible to take the general certification exam. Advanced certifications in design and installation, known as CTS-D or CTS-I, are also available. These require at least two years industry experience and a higher skill level than the general CTS designation.
For more information, visit www.infocomm.org.