5 Useful Calculators for AV Design

August 17, 2021

As someone who has been in AV for years and spent the time to get all of my AV certifications through AVIXA (CTS-D and CTS-I), I appreciate tools that help with designing systems. Through my years in AV, I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing engineers that developed their own calculators and spreadsheets for […]

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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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AVIXA Releases Rack Building Standard for Audiovisual Systems

September 20, 2018

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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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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AVPhenom’s CTS Exam Tips

March 30, 2017

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

December 2, 2016

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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Failure Can Still Equal Success

April 15, 2016

I am about to admit something that many people do not like to admit – I failed at something. Yes, I know, everyone fails at something at some point. We just never want to talk about it because it makes us feel like we have no value. But I prefer to look at failure as […]

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In Defense of the CTS Program

October 30, 2015

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

July 16, 2015

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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Who’s Comin With Me? A CTS-D CTS-I Challenge

June 17, 2014

Alright, so it’s official. I finally lifted my 12 year boycott on getting my CTS, bit the bullet, and took the test. Then I waited in nervous anticipation for my score, and by some glitch in the system software, I passed! Given that it’s been 12 years, I felt an explanation as to why I […]

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What Does AV9000 Compliant Mean?

November 12, 2012

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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InfoComm Adds Nine-Day CTS-D Bootcamp in April

January 20, 2012

Want your CTS-D? Well, there’s a sure-fire way to do it quickly and be certified for AV systems design via InfoComm this April. Here’s what AV Design Bootcamp graduates are saying about the famous nine back-to-back days of hands-on training: “I believe that Design Bootcamp was integral to my education in learning how to be […]

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CTS Exams at ISE in Amsterdam Next Month

January 20, 2011

Looking for another reason to make the trip to Amsterdam for Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), Feb. 1-3 at the RAI? You could sit for the CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I exams! Just steps away from the show floor and education classrooms, but hurry — the limited exam seats are first-come, first-served. To find out how to […]

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