Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA)

Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I)


Credential: Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I)  ANAB (ANSI) resource
Credentialing Agency: Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

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. Applicants must agree to the terms and conditions as noted in the CTS-I Application, which includes agreement to the CTS Code of Ethics & Conduct; must have a valid CTS certification and be in good standing with the Certification Committee; and must provide third-party verification of a minimum of two years of audiovisual installation experience. Applicants must pass an examination.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Must have a valid CTS certification and be in good standing with the Certification Committee
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA)

11242 Waples Mill Road
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA  22030

Phone: (703) 273-7200

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Applicants must have a valid CTS certification and be in good standing with the Certification Committee.

Applicants must verify that they have a minimum of two years of audiovisual installation experience. Documentation must be verified by signature of owner, supervisor, HR department OR provide redacted documentation such as W2s, performance reviews, client letters etc.

The Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must agree to the terms and conditions as noted in the CTS-I Application, which includes an agreement to the CTS Code of Ethics & Conduct.

Written Exam

  • Conducting Pre-Installation Activities (20%)
    • Review Audiovisual Project Documentation
    • Conduct Technical Site Survey
    • Prepare for Audiovisual Installation
    • Evaluate Overall Facility Readiness
    • Conduct On-Site Preparations for Installation
  • Conducting Site Rough-In/First-Fix (10%)
    • Deinstallation of Existing Equipment and Cabling
    • Mount Substructure
    • Pull Cable
  • Installing Audiovisual Systems (38%)
    • Assemble AV Rack
    • Wire the AV Equipment Rack
    • Distribute AV Equipment
    • Mount AV Equipment
    • Terminate Cables
    • Configure Network Properties of Equipment
    • Load Configuration and Control Programs
    • Test the AV System
    • Calibrate the AV System
  • Perform Systems Close Out (11%)
    • Demonstrate to Client or Client's Representative that System Performs to Specifications
    • Provide Training on System Operation
    • Obtain Project Completion Sign Off from Client or Client's Representative
  • Conducting Ongoing Project Responsibilities (21%)
    • Complete Progress Reports
    • Coordinate with Other Contractors
    • Address Needed Field Modifications
    • Repair AV Systems
    • Maintain AV Systems
    • Maintain Tools and Equipment

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Technology Specialist - Installation (CTS-I) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Must have completed thirty approved (30) renewal units (RUs) within the three year certification period.
  • All levels of CTS certified individuals have the option to renew by taking the current certification exam corresponding to their existing renewal credential(s) instead of through the RU process.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

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6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

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12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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