FAIRFAX, VA – Dec. 4, 2018 – AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is pleased to announce its Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) program, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has extended its global reach. Through ANSI’s acceptance as a signatory of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA), the CTS program has gained a higher level of international recognition.
“AVIXA is a global association, and we champion initiatives that support a global workforce,” said Adrienne Knick, Director of Certification at AVIXA. “The work our members do requires them to cross international borders and recognition of their professional certification does now, too.”
For more than 30 years, AVIXA has administered the CTS program, which is recognized as the leading AV professional credential. There are three CTS credentials: general (CTS), design (CTS-D), and installation (CTS-I). There are currently more than 12,000 CTS holders and over 2,000 of those are CTS-D or CTS-I holders.
Being admitted to the IAF MLA further demonstrates that ANSI accreditation follows global requirements for accreditation bodies (ISO/IEC 17011) and has successfully shown its competence through a rigorous peer evaluation process.
Many government bodies only accept certifications that are accredited by an in-country accreditation body or an IAF MLA signatory. With ANSI’s acceptance to the IAF MLA, AVIXA’s certifications are now equivalent to those accredited by local accreditation bodies in over 34 countries. This number will continue to grow as more accreditation bodies become signatories.
“ANSI accreditation provides assurance that the three certifications offered by AVIXA meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC 17024 and acceptance of these certifications among signatories to the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for Persons,” said Dr. Vijay Krishna, Senior Director, Credentialing Accreditation Programs, ANSI.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system, serving the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit www.ansi.org.
AVIXA™ is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 5,400 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence and thought leadership. Additional information is available at www.avixa.org.