AVIXA Announces 2020 Certification Steering Committee

November 15, 2019

AVIXA announced the election results Thursday for the 2020 Certification Steering Committee. Certification holders elected new committee members Gain Foster, CTS, K2; Rakesh Kumar, CTS-D, CTS-I, Amazon; Christopher Kusek, CTS-D, CTS-I, ALL PRO SOUND; Michael Pedersen, CTS-D, CTS-I, Iowa State University; Rebecca Sullins, CTS-D, CTS-I, LMG; and Justin Watts, CTS, Apple. The AVIXA Certification Steering […]

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What Education and Professional Development Should AV Integrators Be Pursuing to Survive and Thrive in a Post-Convergence World?

September 24, 2019

By Brian Rhatigan Director of Business Development, Almo Pro A/V One thing I can say with certainty about the industry we work in is that change is constant. While basic foundations like flat panel displays, projectors and amplifiers, for example, remain stable, the way in which they are used and the way in which we […]

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SDVoE Expands Design Partner Training and Certification

September 11, 2019

The SDVoE Alliance today announced that its SDVoE Design Partner training and certification program has been expanded and updated. Short animation-based lessons help AV designers who know how to design matrix switch-based systems learn everything they need to know to take full advantage of SDVoE, the only technology that leverages the scalability of AV over […]

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Does Certification Matter?

July 24, 2019

As a manager, I’m often faced with the question of what requirements we should put into a job description when we are ready to hire a person. Experience is always the easiest one to figure out. You think about how senior the position is and then you base years of experience or type of experiences […]

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Z-Wave Rolls Out Z-Wave Plus v2 Certification

July 10, 2019

The Z-Wave Alliance is unveiling details about the Z-Wave Plus v2 certification designed for devices built on the new Z-Wave 700 platform. The updated certification will deliver a significantly improved consumer experience by mandating the inclusion of SmartStart, a setup feature that will truly bring plug and play to the consumer smart home. Removing the […]

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CEDIA Updates ESC-D Certification Exam

May 7, 2019

CEDIA has released an updated ESC-D exam — the test to earn the global organization’s highest certification credential. The improvements follow a rigorous review and feedback process that involved more than 100 participants with heavy input from industry professionals from throughout the world. The ESC-D is targeted at industry veterans with at least five years […]

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September 17, 2018

There are, within our space-time continuum, some immutable constants. For example, we can be assured that the earth will revolve on its axis every 24 or so hours and produce a sunrise and a sunset. In the sound system world, the number of absolutes is far more constrained by reality but there is one that, […]

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Audinate’s Dante Level 3 Certification Training Now Online

June 28, 2018

Audinate has announced the immediate availability of its popular Dante Certification Level 3 – Advanced Dante Networking training online. The in-person version of Dante Certification Level 3 has gained much momentum since its launch at InfoComm 2017 and has been conducted across the globe over the last year. In order to accommodate the growing demand and in response to numerous requests, […]

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New #AVChallenge: Programmers, Get Your CTS-D

June 13, 2018

I just finished up teaching CTS prep for Avixa during the three-day classes before the InfoComm show. Not only was this a fun and a rewarding experience… I also came away with a new challenge. Several of my fellow instructors encouraged me to step up my certification game and get both my CTS-D and my […]

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CEDIA Releases Globally Revised ESC-T Certification Exam

June 4, 2018

CEDIA has announced an updated version of the ESC-T Certification Exam is now available. This new version was created with input and guidance from Americas and EMEA volunteers, ensuring the content was relevant for a global audience. The ESC-T exam is intended for technicians with two years of experience and represents proficiency in the technical […]

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What Would Be in My AV Degree

January 30, 2018

I woke up Sunday morning to some interesting Twitter conversation started by fellow AV professional Chris Neto about the subject of AV education. The question revolved around whether or not certifications or formal college education is more important in qualifying someone to be successful in the field of AV. To break down the responses in […]

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CEDIA Expands Availability of Certification Globally

September 21, 2017

CEDIA has announced that CEDIA Certification exams will now be available through Kryterion Global Testing Solutions, which has more than 1,000 testing centers worldwide. “It has been a long-standing goal of CEDIA to make our certification exams more accessible to our members around the world,” said David Whitney, CEDIA certification manager. “Members who previously could […]

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InfoComm Releases Updated Standard for Audio Coverage Uniformity 

May 10, 2017

InfoComm International announced today the release of the updated standard Audio Coverage Uniformity (ACU) in Listener Areas (ANSI/INFOCOMM A102.01:2017). With advancements in technology and continual audio coverage problems, it was important to produce an updated version of the ACU standard, which was first released in 2009. Although the original ACU standard was designed for audio coverage in enclosed environments, the 2017 version expands to […]

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CTS Exam Season Is Here – Here Are My Tips for CTS Success

April 18, 2017

“Yo, his palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms heavy.” With the CTS “exam season” approaching in June, chances are many people are feeling the words of Eminem’s song Lose Yourself. For good reason. Many of those preparing to take the CTS are putting a lot of time and money into the exam. If you chose […]

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The Collaboration Conundrum Part II (Considerations for Collaborative Systems)

November 16, 2015

A great collaboration space allows the people to interact freely and share ideas openly as if they would whether they were using technology or not. The purpose of the technology is to SUPPORT the message and to ENHANCE communication. In my earlier blog about this subject I mentioned that part of the needs analysis should […]

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5 Ways to Make CTS Better

November 6, 2015

Well it’s been a couple weeks since my last piece on CTS, and I figured the cooling off period was just about over.  Needless, to say, my last piece created a lot of great conversation, as well as a couple of follow up blogs from industry consultant Leonard Suskin and even rAVe founder Gary Kayye. For […]

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CTS Reaccredited by ANSI

August 12, 2015

If you’re an InfoComm CTS, congratulations! You should feel proud of this accomplishment. ANSI accreditation is recognized as the highest standard in personnel certification accreditation. And you earned the only one for professional AV! The ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee approved InfoComm reaccreditation under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024:2012 for the following certifications: Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) Certified […]

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InfoComm: HDBaseT Builds a Base in Pro AV

July 11, 2014

By Tim Kridel Special to InfoComm International For a technology that debuted barely four years ago, HDBaseT has amassed an impressive following among pro AV vendors and integrators. Crestron alone, for example, has more than two dozen HDBaseT extenders and other products. One reason is that HDBaseT is a Swiss Army knife in terms of […]

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