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Upcoming Education

Certification Prep 
 London | Jan 15-17, 07

CTS-D Testing
USA | Dec 09, 06
Design School Level 1: The Principles of Applied AV Design
Sydney | Mar 4-9, 07
Bangkok | Mar 7-9, 07
Design School Level 2: Facilities Design
Fairfax | Dec 03-05, 06
Design School Level 3: Systems Design
USA | Dec 06-08, 06
Installation Technician Essentials
Sydney | Mar 7-9, 07
Principles of AV/IT Integration
ISE - Amsterdam | Jan 29-31, 07

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Specialized Certification, Design - CTS-D

CTS-D is targeted to design consultants, dealer system designers, system engineers, system sales professionals and managers of design and installation departments. Testing addresses facilities and systems design, as well as processes, codes and regulations.

The CTS-D credential is the specialized certification for audiovisual systems design professionals. A CTS-D is an individual who earned this specialized certification by demonstrating detailed knowledge of how to analyze, select and plan seamless audiovisual communications equipment interoperation. This knowledge is demonstrated by the CTS-D in the form of complete specifications and drawings that deliver a desired outcome to meet a client's needs. A minimum of two years of industry experience accompanies the theoretical and practical competencies. To achieve a CTS-D, the individual must also agree to a Code of Ethics pledging truth, accuracy, and a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their profession.

Candidates taking the CTS-D certification test, please review the following information:

For CTS-D candidates only For all specialized certification candidates

Testing materials
What to expect

You may also download the PDF,
CTS-D Testing Procedures, which
contains the above information plus additional information on test subject matter, scoring criteria and deliverables.

Application process

Testing procedures
Test results


You may also download the PDF, Specialized Certification Information, which contains all of the above information.

CTS-D Testing Materials

  • Computers can be used for math and online research, however it is anticipated that only a minimum of online time will be needed.
  • Computers cannot be used to create CAD or CAD-like drawings. All drawings submitted must be created without the aid of a computer.
  • All work on the practical test must be done in the Academy. Candidates will not be allowed to return to hotels or home.
  • All testing materials issued to candidates must be returned.

CTS-D The 3 Sections of the Test - Written, Oral, Practical

Scoring will be determined on completeness of all stated requirements candidates are asked to provide.

1. Written Test

  • Testing begins the evening of the last day of the Design School Level 3: Systems Design  OnSite course, when the written test is handed out. The written test consists of multiple choice questions and covers general knowledge on design practices and procedures.
  • This is an open-book written test and the candidate will be instructed to complete the written test back in their hotel room (or home) and turn it in the next morning.
  • Sources for the test content are the Design School Online, and Design School Level 1, 2 and 3 courses.

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2. Oral Test

  • When candidates turn in the written test in the morning, they will be assigned time slots for their oral test. Time slots will run throughout the testing day.
  • Candidates will answer questions from a panel of examiners. Candidates will be scored on correct/incorrect answers and will also be scored on their use of terminology and technology. Each examiner will score the candidate, and the final score will be an average of the examiners’ individual scores.
  • Questions will be based on current technology and familiarity with design concepts for audio, video, videoconferencing, control systems, etc. Some questions place the candidate in the role of a consultant consulting with a client.

3. Practical Test

  • The practical test consists of the audiovisual systems design for a specific room. Dimensions are specified, and candidates are provided a reference book of equipment.

You may also download the PDF, CTS-D Testing Procedures, which contains the above information plus additional information on test subject matter, scoring criteria and deliverables.

If you have any questions regarding the certification process, please contact Lou Nanni, ICIA Director of Training, at 800.659.7469 x321 or lnanni@infocomm.org.

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