Conceptron Associates Independent Audio-Visual Design Consultants
HOME | SITE SEARCH | CONTACT US
AV LINKS PAGES
LIBRARY
ABOUT US

Why Certification?

CTS certification is for those in the audio visual industry who want an industry-respected designation that shows clients and colleagues that they have mastered the skills and knowledge that make them the tops in their field.

The ICIA offers two levels of certification – general and specialised. Upon successful completion of general testing, a professional designation of Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) is awarded, and may be added after the individual's name.

Specialized testing is conducted for professionals involved in audiovisual design, installation, rental products, and sales. Those successfully completing this specialized testing receive the appropriate designation CTS - Design (CTS-D), CTS - Installation (CTS-I), CTS - Sales (CTS-S), or CTS- Rental (CTS-R) after their name.

Certification demonstrates:

  • Evidence of competence, dedication, and commitment.
  • Increased credibility.
  • Increased client confidence.
  • Evidence of technical proficiency, skill, professionalism, and integrity.

General CTS Certification

  • Tests on broadly required knowledge encompassing all areas of the A/V field, but not comprehensive in any one subject.
  • An online test on audio, video, systems, and displays.
  • A score of 80% or higher is required to pass.
  • CTS is open to all, with a focus on technical and non-sales personnel.

Prerequisites:

  • Working or preparing to work in the A/V industry.
  • No prior coursework, but ICIA strongly recommends taking the "Essentials of the A/V Industry" course.
  • Agreement, in writing, to the Code of Professional Ethics.

Specialised CTS Certification

Certification is for a three year period, and individuals holding certification must renew – either by re-testing, or through teaching or attending a certain number of hours of accredited industry workshops and seminars.

Title Description Intended Audience Testing Format Prerequisites and Eligibility Requirements
CTS-Design Testing addresses facilities and systems design, as well as processes, codes and regulations. Experienced
design
professionals
Written, oral and practical Current General CTS, at least two years industry work experience
CTS-Installation Testing addresses advanced knowledge of installation methods and technologies for a variety of applications, including audio systems, video systems, display systems, control systems installation and communication, and troubleshooting strategies. Experienced
installation
professionals
Written, oral and practical Current General CTS, at least two years industry work experience
CTS-Sales Testing addresses managing complex business relationships, developing proposals, and achieving sales results in the competitive audiovisual sales environment. Experienced
AV sales
professionals
Written, oral and practical Current General CTS, at least two years industry work experience
CTS-Rental Testing addresses advanced knowledge of applications, methods and technologies for rental and staging operations, including client interaction, sound and video systems, data display, lighting and staging considerations, transportation and installation, and show planning and design. Experienced
rental
Professionals
Written, oral and practical Current General CTS, at least two years industry work experience
  • four specific disciplines of the A/V industry. Specialised certification consists of onsite testing and includes written, oral and hands-on examination.
  • ICIA courses are not prerequisites, but are designed to teach attendees most of the knowledge and the skills they need to successfully attain certification.
  • The one and two-day testing sessions ask candidates to demonstrate the knowledge and skills representative of an experienced and advanced person in their field. 
Home | Site Search | Contact Us | Links | Library | About Us
Client Area | Strategic Partners | About This Site
Site layout and contents 1994 to 2005 Conceptron Associates. All rights reserved. Terms of use & privacy policy.