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I've been interested in it, but can't afford both the trip/expenses of InfoComm with the additional training that seems only available at InfoComm
Cory Champion - Fortress Productions
Technical Director - Cambria Baptist Church
Well yes, as a matter of fact I do have my CTS.
(actually my CTS-D which is the 'design' specialty).
I actually also participate at other levels related to the CTS-General examinations.
I would suggest checking out the CTS resources on Infocomm's website. There you will find a lot of information about how you can prepare for the CTS exam. HERE is a link to the CTS General certification handbook.
You'll see that there are a lot of options for preparing for the exam... and taking Infocomm courses is not the only option. In fact there is a fair bit of information available for FREE (yes, free!) on the Infocomm site... including a number of video on demand segments that address a variety of topics. You will find these in the Education section of the site. HERE is another link.
You can study other materials that would be applicable for the exam... info on project management (look at Project Management Institute) for instance or Phil Giddings book "Audio Systems Design and Installation" are some of the primary resources used as references. The free tutorials on the Infocomm site would be useful as well.
Incidentally, Associate membership in Infocomm is $175 per year... but in return for this you get membership benefits (including $275 Edubucks which can be used as payment toward Infocomm online courses) and you also receive a lot of information about the AV industry. So if you are planning on taking any of the Infocomm courses it only makes sense to become an Associate Member (at least).
There is also an option for Student Membership and the cost is only $25 and you get $100 in Edubucks!
If you are interested in taking the CTS-General exam you have several options for study... and I can tell you that if you look for information on online courses on the Infocomm site you will find a course called "Quickstart to the AV Industry" which is a free introductory course.
There is another option for CTS-General training... and that is to take the CTS Prep Online course. ($500 plus shipping - minus $250 Edubucks discount for members).
Hope this info helps.
Brent Bauman, CTS-D, LEED AP
Producer, Director & AV Systems Designer
Brent, I too found your info to be very helpful. I have worked in he Broadcast industry for years and with my local church ministry. Now I have started a small A/V company. It seems, however, that InfoComm holds this end of the media field hostage much like SBE does the professional Broadcasting Technicians. It was so much simpler when the FCC was the prevailing authority on these matters. May God bless you in your studies AMD250. I am preparing for both the SBE and CTS tests and with no employer picking up the tab, as I have started my own A/V business. But there is always that professional development write off at the end of the year.
The InfoComm certifications actually underwent a major change when they went for ANSI certification. Up to that point the certifications exams were very much based on the InfoComm curriculum and courses. Even some of the creators of the curriculum and exam at that time admitted to me that regardless of experience or knowledge one almost had to take the courses in order to know the answers that were wanted for the exam
When the ANSI aspect was introduced that had to change. For one thing, the tests had to be administered and reviewed by an independent party rather than by InfoComm. For another, the exams had to be based on a 'body of knowledge' and could not be based solely on one specific curriculum.
From the educational perspective, this has resulted in going from the InfoComm classes' curriculum exclusively defining the exam to the exam greatly defining the curriculum.
I do wish credits could carry over to some degree, the last time I came up for recertification I had over four times the necessary credits for renewal of my CTS certification, this time I may struggle to have enough credits due to work, financial and family health conflicts that limited my taking advantage of some opportunities.
Personally, my perspective is that preparing for the CTS, CTS-D and CTS-I exams can be a great educational experience and significant potential value for those new to the industry or the related roles. However, I have also found the certifications to represent minimal value for experienced professionals and clients.
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