Certified 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
- Make sure you meet the CTS-D prerequisites: at least two years of design experience and a valid CTS.
- Read the CTS-D Candidate Handbook. It provides valuable information about the testing process and includes a copy of the application.
- Before your schedule your exam, you are invited to contact an AVIXA staff instructor for areadiness assessment. To learn more, email email@example.com.
- Use the Exam Content Outline, Job Task Analysis, and CTS-D Practice Exam to determine any gaps between your knowledge and skills and those required to pass the exam.
- Submit your CTS-D Exam Application to AVIXA by fax, mail or email.
- 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.
CTS-D Exam Updates in September 2018
Every five years, as part of our accreditation, all three CTS exams go through a review process by volunteer CTS holders, analyzing the exam content and relevance to job tasks. This results in modified exam content outlines for each exam so they remain valid and relevant to the industry.
On September 24, these content changes went into effect. Learn more about the exam revalidation process and content changes.
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.
- CTS-D Candidate Handbook (Includes Application)
- CTS-D Exam Content Outline
- CTS-D Job Task Analysis
- CTS-D Practice Exam
- CTS-D Exam Application
- CTS-D Exam Retest Application
- CTS-D Reinstatement Application
- CTS Code of Ethics and Conduct Agreement Form
- Scaled Scoring FAQ
- CTS Exam Request for Special Accommodation Form
- CTS Exam Documentation of Disability Needs Form
- Duplicate Certificate Order Form
- Certification Renewal Handbook
- CTS Renewal Application
- Certification Fee Schedule
Show off Your Hard Work!
As 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
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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
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