CTS-DCertified Technology Specialist ― Design

A Certified Technology Specialist ― Design (CTS-D) is an AV systems designer who:

  • Assesses client's needs
  • Designs AV systems
  • Prepares AV design documents
  • Coordinates and collaborates with other professionals to create AV systems that satisfy client's requirements

Steps to Prepare and Apply

  1. Make sure you meet the CTS-D prerequisites: at least two years of design experience and a valid CTS.
  2. Read the CTS-D Candidate Handbook. It provides valuable information about the testing process and includes a copy of the application.
  3. Before you schedule your exam, you are invited to contact an AVIXA staff instructor for a readiness assessment. To learn more, email avprofs@avixa.org.
  4. Use the Exam Content Outline, Job Task Analysis, and CTS-D Sample Questions to determine any gaps between your knowledge and skills and those required to pass the exam.
  5. Submit your CTS-D Exam Application to AVIXA online, or submit a PDF application by fax, mail or email.
  6. Once your application has been approved, you will schedule your exam appointment directly with a Pearson VUE testing center near you.

CTS-D candidates will have access to all relevant math formulas on the computer screen while they test.

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Celebrate Your Certification

At InfoComm shows, we’re unveiling new, interactive ways to celebrate our CTS holders and recognize their global reach. Even if you won’t be at a show, you can still take part in this CTS celebration.

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CTS-D Resources

The following materials are provided to help individuals understand all certification program requirements and to direct them to resources that may be useful in preparing for each certification examination.

Show off Your Hard Work! 

CTS DAs an extra resource, we have created a custom CTS-D stamp. For just $31, plus shipping, CTS-D holders can show off their designation to their client’s. Order your CTS-D stamp today!




Locate a Testing Center

Find a Pearson VUE Testing Center near you.

Certification is not a guarantee for performance by certified individuals. Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®) holders at all levels of certification have demonstrated audiovisual knowledge and/or skills. Certified individuals adhere to the CTS Code of Ethics and Conduct and maintain their status through continued education. Certification demonstrates commitment to professional growth in the audiovisual industry and is strongly supported by AVIXA.

All eligibility, application, score reports, special accommodation requests and general inquiries regarding AVIXA certification will be handled through the AVIXA Certification Office, with headquarters located in Fairfax, Va., U.S.A. Purchases of education, membership or any other AVIXA services are not required to seek certification.

Attn. Certification Office
11242 Waples Mill Rd., Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 1.800.659.7469 or +1.703.273.7200
Fax: +1.703.991.8259



Code of Ethics and Conduct

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CTS-D Exam Prep

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CTS Pre-Paid Exam Cards

Pre-paid CTS cards are a great way to pay for a CTS exam and take it when you're ready. Purchase for yourself or your team!

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CTS-D Champion

Read how Danny Pratt, CTS-D, conquered the CTS-D exam and earned a promotion at his dream job.

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2019 Training Catalog

The 2019 AVIXA Training Catalog is finally here! Take a look inside to see what courses are being offered this year.


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Add Your Photo to the CTS Map

At IC19, we’re unveiling new ways to celebrate CTS® holders worldwide. All CTS holders can participate, whether you will be at the show in person or in spirit.

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Claim Your Digital CTS Badge

We've partnered with Acclaim to help you communicate your CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I credentials.

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CTS Marketing Tool Kit

Leverage your investment in employee certification with customizable press releases, logos, business cards, brochures, and bid sheets

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