InfoComm Certifies 4,500 AV Professionals

More than 4,500 experts in the audiovisual industry have achieved the designation of Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) from InfoComm International.

InfoComm Certifies 4,500 AV Professionals

Certification Program Reaches Milestone, Quality First Movement Afoot

FAIRFAX, VA - Jan 27, 2006 - More than 4,500 experts in the audiovisual industry have achieved the designation of Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) from InfoComm International. The CTS program is the only professional AV certification program recognized by the National Certification Commission.

"Recent industry studies reveal that one of the few obstacles to explosive growth in the AV industry is access to a trained workforce," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director, InfoComm International. "By enrolling employees in the CTS program, companies are making an important investment in quality - a decision that will pay off exponentially with more satisfied customers and fewer complaints. It is this commitment to Quality First that will keep our industry thriving and innovative."

The CTS designation is for AV professionals who have 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.

More advanced certifications in design and installation, known as CTS -D or CTS -I, are also available. These require at least two years industry experience and a higher skill level than the general CTS designation. Although no specific courses are required for certification, InfoComm International offers courses through InfoComm Academy that can help candidates focus and refine their skills and knowledge. Testing for specialized certification is offered throughout the year.

A special designation of Certified Audio Visual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) is awarded to organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to quality based on the percentage of certified employees. Companies can achieve General, Silver or Gold CAVSP levels based on the proportion of their technical sales and customer service personnel who earn General or Specialized individual certification.

"Achieving and maintaining an educated and CTS - certified staff allows our company to be listed as a Certified Audio Visual Service Provider," said Jim Smith, CTS, Director of Strategic Initiatives, HB Communications and chairman of InfoComm's Sound Audio Visual and Video Integrators Council. "This company CAVSP credential shows our customers that HB is dedicated to developing and maintaining the skills needed to service their needs. Harold R. McAlindon said that 'The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up.' Education and CTS certification are, therefore, critical to our quality control program."

CTS testing and preparation classes will be offered throughout the year in various locations, including InfoComm '06, being held June 3 -9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Visit www.infocomm.org for a complete schedule of dates and locations.

About InfoComm International
InfoComm International is the trade association of the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, the association's 3,500 members include manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end -users and multimedia professionals from more than 70 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV market intelligence and news. Its training and education programs, along with its Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) and Certified Audiovisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) credentials, set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide, and also co -sponsors the Integrated Systems Asia, Integrated Systems China and Integrated Systems Europe industry expositions. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

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