A Certified Technology Specialist ― Installation
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 client needs, on time and within budget.
Steps to Prepare and Apply
- Read the CTS-I Candidate Handbook. It includes the exam application, eligibility requirements, and valuable testing information.
- Determine your eligibility using the Verifiers List for CTS-I Eligibility and Recognized Courses for CTS-I Eligibility. Eligibility for taking the CTS-I exam includes verification of experience in six AV installation skill areas: rack building, audio setup, projector setup and installation, rack mounting and customer relations.
- Self assess. This step is critical to your success. Carefully review the content outline in the CTS-I Candidate Handbook, as well as the CTS-I Exam Content Outline, paying attention to topic areas and their percentage of the exam, and the number of questions on the exam in each area.
- Submit your CTS-I Exam Application to the Certification Office 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-I 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 will go 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-I Candidate Handbook (Includes Application)
- CTS-I Exam Content Outline
- CTS-I Job Task Analysis
- Recognized Courses for CTS-I Eligibility
- Verifiers List for CTS-I Eligibility
- CTS-I Practice Exam
- CTS-I Exam Application
- CTS-I Exam Retest Application
- CTS-I 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
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
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