CTS-D - the gold standard in commercial AV design|
As a recent CTS-D certification test subject, I wanted to drop you a line.
I think it's important that there's an actual difficult certification in this business. It's about time that there was a certification that meant something. If I see someone with a CTS-D, I don't have to ask questions about his or her knowledge or work ethic. I know what level of professionalism they adhere to. I know this because there is a difficult test that required preparation and studying. I did very well on my exam. That's because I worked hard to do well on it. I gave myself a practice exam at home, forcing myself to adhere to the schedule. I studied the supplied course documentation and the design essentials book extensively. When it came to the test day, I wasn't looking up information all day or trying to remember where I put something. I knew what I was doing, and spent my time working. I even left about an hour early because I had finished and checked my work.
InfoComm publishes the testing requirements for these certifications! If people are serious about obtaining the certifications, they'd read those documents and prepare ahead of time. You certainly don't see people walking around with CCNAs or MCSEs who never took a practice exam at home first! If you take too long on your practice exam at home, take stock of your methods, trim down your time, and try again!
In this business, time management is just as important as knowing all of the math. Our clients have demanding schedules, and you're expected to be able to perform. I'm all in favor of maintaining the rigorous certification process that has made the CTS-D the gold standard in commercial AV design certification.
Tom Barnett, CTS-D
ControlWorks Consulting, LLC
I have just recently finished the third class in the CTS-Design program. The content of these courses has been excellent. With over 20 years in the A/V industry I can honestly say that I learned a lot more than I thought I would. I congratulate ICIA on making their CTS programs a legitimate indicator of a persons qualifications and not a paper mill like some other certifications.
Russell Haney, CTS, CVE