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InfoComm presents CTS Prep, exam for 1st time in Mexico
By InfoComm International®   -   April 14, 2006

14 AV pros the first to earn CTS certification in Mexico

MEXICO CITY -- InfoComm International® has awarded the general Certified Technology Specialist designation for the first time to 14 audiovisual professionals in Mexico City and Monterrey following Certification Prep courses in Mexico.

Sponsored by Crestron International Latin America, the Certification Prep course was presented in Spanish on March 29-31 at the NH Hotel in Mexico City and on April 3-5 at the Safi Royal Hotel in Monterrey, Mexico. Both courses were led by Rodrigo Casassus Coke, CTS, who has worked in the AV industry for 17 years and is currently an Assistant Director of Audiovisual at the Waldorf Astoria in N.Y. Further assistance was supplied by Fernando Hinojosa and Elena Lopez of Planeadores Graficos Vision S.A.de C V. Equipment was donated by Foto Niza in Mexico City and Planeadores Vision in Monterrey, which also helped market the courses.

The training was well-attended with 12 students in Mexico City and 30 students in Monterrey. The first five CTS certifications were awarded to professionals in Mexico City followed by an additional nine certifications in Monterrey.

“Among the CTS success stories was Laura Lopez. She’s new to the industry and was looking for a job in Canada. She found a company that hires CTS-certified technicians only. Laura searched for CTS certification on the Internet and found InfoComm International, and the rest is history. She earned her CTS and is on her way to earning the job,” said Rose Kleriotis, InfoComm International Latin America, Regional Manager.

As the result of the course, Mexican AV company Rizzo Comercial SA de CV has plans to certify all of its employees through the Courses to Go program, which makes InfoComm Academy curriculum, such as the Certification Prep course, available to companies along with an in-house InfoComm-trained trainer.

In upcoming months, InfoComm Academy will take the CTS Prep course on the road with classes in Argentina, Venezuela, Chile and Brazil.

Certification Prep is a three-day classroom course, which clarifies key concepts provided in InfoComm's Essentials of the AV Industry online course and prepares students to take the Certified Technology Specialist exam.

The CTS designation acknowledges that a professional has a demonstrated knowledge of the science and technology used in communications including audio, video, display and systems. Technicians, engineers, designers, salespeople, customer service personnel, managers and executives are eligible for taking the general certification testing.

The CTS program is the only professional AV certification program recognized by the National Certification Commission. For more information about the Certification Prep course in Latin America, contact Rose Kleriotis, InfoComm International Latin America, Regional Manager, at (703) 273-7200 or rkleriotis@infocomm.org.



   

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