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May 1, 2008 12:00 PM


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INFOCOMM GOES GREEN

The AV industry has been joining with architects and building professionals to help address green issues. Several AV manufacturers and AV design firms have staff who have earned the LEED Accredited Professional credential. InfoComm also added green preference points to the AV Awards program.

To ensure the industry is attuned to the environmental concerns of architects, the building industry, government officials, and the public, InfoComm is developing a Green AV curriculum. A class on this topic will be taught at InfoComm 08 by Scott Walker, CTS-D, LEED AP, of Waveguide Consulting.

Throughout the year, InfoComm will release additional resource materials for the AV industry and architects addressing green AV. Later this year, InfoComm and ArchiTECH will collaborate on a green AV webinar to ensure that both communities have an understanding of how to work together and know which environmental goals are achievable through AV. Join us in Las Vegas as we debut this important program.

HOW TO STUDY FOR THE CTS EXAMS

Many people want to know about CTS test preparation. Please keep in mind that InfoComm Academy is not your only avenue for test preparation, and that unlike the old CTS test, there is no single publication or class that will prepare you for the exam. However, InfoComm's deep body of knowledge lends itself easily to test preparation. Here are some suggestions on where to begin:

  • All candidates must read the CTS Candidate Handbook for the test they wish to take. Please read the handbook in its entirety.
  • Assess your skill levels on the domains and tasks listed on pages 30 and 31. (We are in the process of creating some free assessment tools to help here.)
  • For someone new to the AV industry and unfamiliar with the disciplines it entails, begin with the free online course GEN101: Quick Start to the AV Industry.
  • To fill gaps or refresh general knowledge of the science and technology of AV, review GEN102: Essentials of the AV Industry for Technical and Sales Professionals Online and the book Essentials of the AV Industry.
  • For greater understanding of concepts in areas of design, DES201: Design Online is recommended.
  • For greater understanding in areas of AV project life cycle and project management, the Audiovisual Best Practices book is recommended.

For CTS candidates attending InfoComm 08, there is a three-day course preceding the show. The CTS Study Group is designed to help prepare for the new certification exam. For a course description, see page 13 of the 2008 Educational Catalog. To register for CTS Study Group, visit www.infocommshow.org.



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