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Associations Focus: InfoComm International CTS-D Credential Earns ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation

May 12, 2009 12:33 PM

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InfoComm International announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has expanded the scope of InfoComm’s accredited Certified Technology Specialist program to include the Certified Technology Specialist–Design (CTS-D) credential under ISO/IEC 17024. ANSI is the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) U.S. representative.

ISO/IEC 17024 offers a global benchmark for the certification of personnel for businesses, governments, and the public. ANSI accredits standards developers, certification bodies, and technical advisory groups to both the ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Employers in the public and private sectors can be confident that AV professionals holding the CTS, CTS-D, and CTS-I credentials have demonstrated the knowledge to implement audiovisual best practices, processes, and procedures.

“As the only audiovisual industry organization to earn ANSI accreditation for its personnel-certification program, InfoComm continues to set the industry standard for competency and quality in the AV industry,” says Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director, InfoComm International. “This accomplishment is the result of the visionary thinking of InfoComm’s elected leadership, who several years ago recognized the value of seeking outside validation of InfoComm’s certification program. It is also testament to the tenacity of close to 100 InfoComm volunteers around the world who, under the direction of InfoComm’s Certification Committee, developed new CTS-D exams and implemented programmatic changes that were necessary to navigate ANSI’s rigorous accreditation process.”

A CTS-D is an AV systems designer who assesses clients’ needs, designs AV systems, and prepares AV design documents by coordinating and collaborating with other professionals to create AV systems that satisfy clients’ requirements. A minimum of two years’ industry experience in audiovisual design and CTS certification is required in order to qualify to take the exam. For a complete description of the credential and requirements, please visit Companies and institutions interested in working with AV companies employing CTS personnel in their area should visit

InfoComm International Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., with Steven L. Somers, this year’s Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year award winner.

InfoComm International Executive Director Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., with Steven L. Somers, this year’s Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year award winner.

InfoComm Names Steven L. Somers Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year

InfoComm presented its Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year Award to Steven L. Somers of Extron Electronics. The award was presented at the InfoComm 100, a new conference designed to bring together top AV industry thought leaders and volunteers. Somers was on the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out committee and the event chairman from 1998 to 2001. Established in 1990, the Projection Shoot-Out at InfoComm in Anaheim, Calif., was the first place to compare projectors side by side. Prior to and during his tenure as the Shoot-Out chair, he was also the Shoot-Out’s engineering manager, directing and managing the technical design of the event from 1992 to 2001. Following the Projection Shoot-Out, Somers was the chairman and technical director of the Large Venue Display Gallery event held at InfoComm from 2003 through 2008. He also coordinated the technical aspects of the Projection Shoot-Out events held at Photokina and InfoComm Europe in Cologne, Germany; InfoComm Asia in Singapore; and InfoComm Japan in Tokyo. Somers was the driving force behind the creation of the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out CDs and DVDs, serving as executive producer. The incredible industry-standard software included Somers’ stellar photographic images and HD video clips that he produced himself. He also wrote the technical articles that accompanied the Shoot-Out software.

He has taught numerous courses on display and interfacing technologies and applications over the years at InfoComm shows around the world. He has also volunteered to serve on the Professional Education and Training committee for a number of years.

“Steve Somers has been a tireless champion of the AV industry and InfoComm International,” Lemke says. “From his service in the days of the Projection Shoot-Out to his stellar teaching at InfoComm shows, Steve has personified the ultimate InfoComm volunteer. It is InfoComm’s pleasure to honor Steve Somers with this award and also to thank Extron Electronics for supporting Steve in his volunteer service to the AV industry and the association.”

The Harald Thiel Volunteer of the Year award uncovers and celebrates the volunteer who has contributed greatly to the association and who is not recognized in other ways for that contribution. It is awarded annually for contributions made to the association within the last one to two years.

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