The specialized certification designations indicate at least two year's industry experience and a higher skill level than the CTS (general) designation.
InfoComm International offers specialized certification for the following areas:
Design (CTS-D): 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. (more)
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Installation (CTS-I): The specialized certification for audiovisual installation professionals. A CTS-I is an individual who earned this specialized certification by demonstrating skills and knowledge through a rigorous regimen of testing in a broad array of installation practices and techniques. A CTS-I is proficient in installing all components of a professional audiovisual system. A CTS-I takes on additional responsibility for projects to ensure quality, efficiency, and safety on the job site. To achieve a CTS-I, the individual must also agree to a Code of Ethics pledging truth, accuracy, and a commitment to excellence in all aspects of their profession (more)
For information on other specialty certifications, please contact an InfoComm International® Training Counselor at 800.659.7469 or 1.703.273.7200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Because InfoComm Certified is an independent certification program, the association's special member training discounts, EduBucks, may not be used for certification testing.)
Testing for specialized certification is offered at various locations throughout the year. These one-day day testing sessions consist of written, oral, and practical testing and ask candidates to demonstrate the knowledge and skills representative of an experienced and advanced person in their field.
As an independent service, InfoComm also offers courses through InfoComm Academy that can help candidates focus and refine their skills and knowledge. Visit the Education Calendar for a complete schedule of courses and testing dates.
Candidates preparing to take the specialty certification test, please review the following:
Applicants must have a valid CTS plus two years' industry experience in order to apply for and take a specialized certification test.
All candidates for a specialized certification must submit an application and be approved prior to registering for the testing.
- Download the Specialized Certification Application Form (PDF).
- Candidates who require special arrangements for testing because of a disabling condition must complete that section of the application. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, medical, physical or learning disabilities.
- Scoring is only provided to the candidate, unless they provide permission to release their scores to another person. The application has a section where candidates can specify third parties who may be informed of their scores.
- Mail or fax the completed application to:
Attn: Director of Certification & Workforce Development
11242 Waples Mill Rd., Ste. 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
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- Location: All tests for specialized certifications are normally offered at the InfoComm Academy® located in Fairfax, Va., but may be offered at other locations.
- Test Format: The test consists of three separate elements: a written test, an oral test and a practical test (see details for each specialty — CTS-D, CTS-I.)
- Duration of Test: Testing process begins in the evening, when the written test is handed out; the following day is used for the oral and practical tests. Candidates will be notified as to when they must turn in the written test and begin the oral and practical test.
Testing shall conclude by 6 p.m. of the second day.
- A passing score of 80 percent is required on each test.
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Successful completion of the testing requires a passing score of 80 percent on each of the three tests (written, oral and practical).
- Results should be available within several weeks.
- Candidates who are unsuccessful shall not have access to review their performance. These candidates will be given diagnostic information as well as directions on how to reapply for a future test.
If you have any questions regarding the certification process, please contact Lou Nanni, InfoComm International Director of Certification & Workforce Development, at 800.659.7469 x321 or email@example.com.
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Specialized certifications consist of three components: written, oral, and practical. Those who do not pass a section or sections of the specialized CTS-Design or CTS-Installation exams may arrange to retest on one or more of these sections. Please contact Lou Nanni, Director of Certification & Workforce Development, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The charge for a retest is $295. EduBucks may not be used for certification testing.
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Note: InfoComm International's revised renewal policy (in italics below) shall commence 1 September 2006.
Renew every three years
To maintain the integrity and value of certification in a fast-changing industry, General Certification (CTS) and Specialized Certification must be renewed every three years through continuing education. This is the normal and preferred method to renew certification.
In those cases where individuals have let their certification expire they may have to retest to become certified again.
General CTS - valid for 3 years; if expired less than one year (12 months), individuals may renew using continuing education RU credit. If expired greater than one year, individuals need to retest to become certified again.
Specialized certifications - valid for 3 years; if expired less then two years (24 months), individuals may renew using continuing education RU credit. If expired greater than two years, individuals need to retest at the specialized level to become certified again. If individuals desire not to hold a specialized certification but be certified, they need to retest at the General CTS level to become certified.
Individuals may submit a written appeal to allow the use of continuing education RU in lieu of testing to the Director of Certification & Workforce Development. The appeal must cite extenuating circumstances as to why they could not meet prescribed time limits to use continuing education to renew their certification.
Please note that it is critical for you to notify InfoComm of any e-mail changes during this time. This is the only way the association can notify you of an upcoming expiration date.
- 30 renewal units
Individuals are required to accumulate 30 renewal units (RUs) during the three years certification is valid. This criterion applies to the general CTS and specialized level certifications (CTS-I, CTS-D).
Individuals whose certification has expired can renew by submitting the renewal form and fee but can only claim RUs earned within the 3 years preceding submission of the renewal form. See revised renewal policy above to determine if you can renew with continuing ed RUs or if you must re-test.
Sources for renewal units
Sources for renewal units include InfoComm Academy online and classroom courses, Institute courses, InfoComm seminars and workshops, approved manufacturer, private vendor and association courses, and postsecondary education. InfoComm maintains a list of eligible courses and associated renewal units.
For specialized advice and information on earning renewal units, please contact an InfoComm Training Counselor at 800.659.7469 or 1.703.273.7200 or at email@example.com. Association members have special benefits relating to education that can save a business thousands of dollars when training employees.
It is not necessary for individuals to submit education documentation to support the training being claimed, although individuals should maintain appropriate education documentation as a routine matter. Individuals may be randomly audited; those audited will need to submit documentation to support the units cited. When documentation cannot support the units claimed, their certification shall not be renewed.
A non-refundable fee of $50 must accompany the renewal form. Renewal forms should be submitted prior to the individual's certification expiration date. Because InfoComm Certified is an independent certification program, the association's special member training discounts, EduBucks, may not be used for certification testing.
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