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F.A.Q's

Is the InfoComm CTS credential relevant to me?
AV professionals around the world distinguish themselves in the industry by earning and maintaining a professional qualification. InfoComm’s CTS credential is an ISO-standard qualification specifically designed to recognize skill and experience in the professional AV industry. If you’re planning a long-term career in the AV business, earning the CTS credential is a smart move.
Will the CTS credential help advance my career within the AV profession?
This course is specifically designed to help individuals prepare for the written CTS examination. Many tender requests issued by international contractors give preference to applicants who hold a CTS credential – particularly on larger projects where many contractors are required to work together according to a common standard. The CTS credential assures contractors of your competence and backs up you commitment to professional standards and ethical behaviour.
Why is it no longer possible to write the CTS examination online?
In March 2008 the InfoComm CTS credential was recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) as a professional credential for the audiovisual industry. One of the requirements of this process was that InfoComm needed to separate their teaching activities from their testing procedure. All CTS testing is now undertaken at a Pearson Vue testing centre that operates independently from InfoComm. There are many Pearson Vue testing centres located throughout Africa. The old CTS online examination has been replaced by a new “InfoComm recognised AV Technologist certificate programme” that can be written online. This certificate provides a first-step to industry certification but is not recognised as an ISO-standard.
Who is InfoComm International?
Established more than 75 years ago, InfoComm International is the global trade association for the audiovisual industry. They’re also an ISO-registered standards generating body who engage with the industry to establish technical standards and codes of conduct for AV professionals around the world. Their InfoComm trade show hosted in the USA on an annual basis is the largest technology event for the AV industry. They also partner with CEDIA to host the annual IS Europe exhibition.
What is SACIA and how is it related to InfoComm International?
SACIA is a not for profit trade association established to promote the adoption of professional standards within the audiovisual industry throughout Southern Africa. We have partnered with InfoComm International to provide ISO-standard training programmes to our members in the region. The CTS courses we host are the same course you’d participate in if you attended the InfoComm University in Fairfax, VA. In addition, we run our own training programmes which are specifically relevant to the African market. Attendance at these courses will allow participants to earn renewal units and count as part of InfoComm’s continuing professional development.
Your courses seem to be expensive – if you’re a not-for-profit Association why do they cost so much?

Most of our training programmes are licensed from international Associations who establish a base cost for their training. Although the IABM, InfoComm International and SACIA all operate as not-for-profit Associations, our costs in presenting these courses are high. License fees, instructor costs, air fares, hotel bills, marketing costs, course material, catering …. the list goes on. We’ve tried to make our training material as affordable as we can but it’s simply not possible to provide ISO-accredited training programmes on a shoe-string. For members wanting to access lower-cost training, InfoComm provide a number of webinars and ‘virtual classroom’ courses that can be accessed via the internet.

 
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