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Jun 1, 2007 12:00 PM

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InfoComm is proud to announce that more than 6,500 AV professionals have earned the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) 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," says Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director of 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. ANSI also 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," Lemke says. "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 and CTS-I, are also available. These require at least two years of industry experience and a higher skill level than the general CTS designation.

CTS testing will be available throughout this June's InfoComm show. A certification prep class will also be offered.

For more information about InfoComm International, visit

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