Does Certification Matter?


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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AVIXA Releases Rack Building Standard for Audiovisual Systems


AVIXA has announced the release of its newest standard, Rack Building for Audiovisual Systems (F502.01:2018), which details the requirements for integrating AV systems into racks by providing a process for consistent assembly, mounting, and cable management. This standard covers the fundamental elements of building a reliable AV equipment rack, including: Assembly of AV equipment racks, […]

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AVPhenom’s CTS Exam Tips


If you are an AV industry professional in the commercial AV space, odds are you are familiar with InfoComm’s CTS certifications.  There are 3 varieties currently, being the CTS General, the CTS-D for Design, and the CTS-I for installation.  Many times a consultant or an end user may require that the integrator working on their […]

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Why I Earned My CTS-D


A couple years ago I posted about getting my CTS certification.  I think I was on an endorphin high at the InfoComm 2014 show, because I even threw down a challenge hours later to see who wanted to pursue the elusive dual certification: CTS-D and CTS-I. The excitement died down a little, and not only did […]

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In Defense of the CTS Program


There’s been some chatter around here lately on the CTS certification. Mark Coxon used his skepticism on renewal rates as a vehicle to question the value of the certification. Gary Kayye told us what CTS means to him. This lead me to contemplate what I thought of the certification, about renewal, and about where we […]

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Three Weeks to CTS-D Success


Meet Colin Hasted, CTS-D, System Specialist, Pure Audio Visual Ltd, the first person to pass the CTS-D exam at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015 in Amsterdam. Colin’s background was mainly in audio, and he decided to pursue the CTS-D and prepare for the exam to widen his knowledge base and fill in some blanks along […]

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What Does AV9000 Compliant Mean?


By Mario J. Maltese, CTS-D, CTS-I, CQT This is the third in a multi-part series from the Association for Quality in Audio Visual Technology (AQAV) and its push for everyone in AV to adopt the AV9000 standard for quality management. Read the first article here and the second article here. What is “AV9000 compliant” — and how can I […]

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