Planning Your AV Career

Preparing to work in the AV industry is easier than you thought.

Step One: Take an Online Class

InfoComm International® offers an up-to-date, online class Essentials of AV Technology, which is great for demystifying the world of AV. Essentials of AV Technology is a comprehensive, introductory overview of science and technology for audio, visual and audiovisual systems integration with more than 240 lessons, quizzes to help you see if you understand the material and section tests to help you demonstrate your understanding of essential AV technology. View the course outline (PDF) and get started with a new career.

Step Two: Become an InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist

Demonstrate your knowledge of basic AV principles to potential employers by taking an on-line test based on GEN102 Essentials of AV Technology. If you score 80 percent or higher on the 100 question InfoComm-Recognized AV Technologist Test, you will receive a certificate that you can present to potential employers showing your basic knowledge of AV and demonstrating your commitment to the industry. Learn more about the test, pricing and retest policies. Or prepare for your exam by reviewing the Essentials Appendix in The CTS Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide.

Step Three: Get a Job

Find an entry-level position on InfoComm International's JobSite. You can search for jobs and internships while studying for your certificate.

Step Four: Become an InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist

Certification shows your commitment to being the best, in the AV field and for your company. The InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS®) designation is internationally recognized and the only AV certification that is ANSI accredited under the International Standard ISO/IEC 17024.

A CTS performs general technology solution tasks by creating, operating and servicing AV solutions, while conducting AV management activities which provide for the best audiovisual resolutions of the client's needs, both on time and within budget.

The continuing education that accompanies certification will help keep you up to date with advancing technologies. There is no better time to become a more knowledgeable AV professional. To learn more about the topics covered on the CTS exam, please consult the CTS Handbook.

Exclusively from InfoComm and McGraw-Hill, The CTS Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide, is your resource to prepare for the CTS exam. Order this ultimate resource or learn more.

InfoComm International's CTS Prep Virtual Classroom course allows students to receive expert interaction without leaving their home or office. The class features live and pre-recorded lectures that are delivered online by an instructor. Discussions with classmates take place though an online discussion board and webinars. Worksheets and group discussions bring course material to life. Get more information today.

Step Five: Earn a Specialized CTS

Once you have been in the AV industry a few years, it is a good idea to earn a specialized CTS in either Design, Installation or both!

A Certified Technology Specialist - Design (CTS®-D) demonstrates detailed knowledge of how to analyze, select and plan seamless audiovisual communications equipment interoperation. The CTS-D demonstrates his or her experience in the form of complete specifications and drawings that deliver a desired outcome to meet a client's needs. A minimum of two years' industry experience accompanies the theoretical and practical competencies.

A Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS®-I) installs and maintains audiovisual systems by following specifications, schematics, codes and safety protocols; administering installation process logistics; troubleshooting and problem solving systems; maintaining tools and equipment; and communicating with clients, designers, other trades, other installers and staff to provide the best audiovisual solutions for clients' needs, on time and within budget.

Both the CTS-D and CTS-I credentials are recognized worldwide and ANSI accredited under the International Standard ISO/IEC 17024. For more information on requirements and topics covered on these exams, review the CTS-D Handbook or the CTS-I Handbook.