InfoComm: ANSI and ISO recognition

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has awarded InfoComm International’s CTS-D credential ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation, according to a company announcement.

The audiovisual professional trade association representing the professional audiovisual industry said the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has expanded the scope of InfoComm’ International’s accredited Certified Technology Specialist program to include the Certified Technology Specialist–Design (CTS-D) credential under ISO/IEC 17024.

ANSI is the International Organisation for Standardisation's (ISO) United States representative. ISO is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards and comprises a network of the national standards institutes of 159 countries, one member per country. A Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland co-ordinates the system.

ISO/IEC 17024 offers a global benchmark for the certification of personnel for businesses, governments and the public. ANSI accredits standards developers, certification bodies and technical advisory groups to both the ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Randal A. Lemke, executive director of Infocomm explained that InfoComm volunteers around the world had “developed new CTS-D exams and implemented programmatic changes that were necessary to navigate ANSI’s rigorous accreditation process.”

A CTS-D is an AV systems designer who assesses client’s needs, designs AV systems and prepares AV design documents, by co-ordinating and collaborating with other professionals to create AV systems that satisfy clients' requirements. A minimum of two years industry experience in audiovisual design and CTS certification is required in order to qualify to take the exam.

“As the only audiovisual industry organisation to earn ANSI accreditation for its personnel certification programme, InfoComm continues to set the industry standard for competency and quality in the AV industry,” concluded Lemke.

InfoComm claims 5,000 members including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors.