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CTS News December 2012

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Make CTS Your Destination in 2013

Nearly three-quarters of all CTS holders plan to tackle the CTS-D and/or CTS-I exam — which is why this exclusive group is growing. InfoComm now reports more than 700 CTS-D holders and more than 560 CTS-I holders.

Now is the time to plan to reach your goals for 2013. But you do not have to handle this challenge alone. Find out how your peers before you have accomplished their goals. Or, call +1.703.273.7200 for one-on-one guidance to create your custom training plan for 2013.

Make sure you check out the webinars and courses that are coming up in the next couple of months.

Meet the New Leaders of Your CTS Credentials

In November, you elected the following four candidates to the InfoComm International Certification Committee, responsible for overseeing the development and administration of the CTS program and for ensuring the credentials meet high standards of ethical and professional practice for the audiovisual industry.

Douglas Dillman

With the new CTS exam outlines coming out in 2013 and the growing number of certified individuals, this coming year will be an important one for the CTS program. To lead the committee's work during this important time, the Certification Committee re-elected Douglas Dillman, CTS-D, CTS-I, AV Designer, Newcomb & Boyd, as the committee chair.

Here are the election results:

CTS Representatives

Jeremy Barndt, CTS
Senior Projects Consultant, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas, NV

Paul Nolan, CTS
Integrated Circles Ltd., London

CTS-D Representative

Gonzalo Rodriguez, CTS-D
Audiovisual Consultant, RTKL, Baltimore, MD

CTS-I Representative

Chuck Espinoza, CTS-D, CTS-I Installation Technician and Chief Training Officer, Applied Visual Communications, Herndon, VA

Archie Lytle

Thank You, Archie
As we welcome new and returning committee members, we also want to send a sincere thank you to Archie Lytle, CTS. After serving the maximum two terms, he will be leaving the committee in 2013. Archie's contributions and commitment to the certification program and to advancing the professionalism of the audiovisual industry have been both extremely valuable and appreciated.

Thanks to all who ran for this year's election and to those who voted for helping to shape the AV industry by participating in the election.

Spain's First CTS-D

Miguel Tresserras Nasarre

The first CTS-D holder in Spain, Miguel Tresserras Nasarre, hopes to inspire others in his region to earn CTS designations. With a combination of experience and online training, he accomplished his long-held goal of attaining this internationally-recognized certification.

As project manager for CHARMEX International, Nasarre worked toward having one of the first companies in Spain with CTS-certified personnel. "One of the first things I did was convince my company to get an InfoComm membership," he says. "Education and certification are the best ways to ensure a high standard and we have incorporated InfoComm's philosophy into our own."

Taking a self-directed approach to prepare for the exam, Nasarre took online and virtual classroom courses, including CTS-D Prep. "The CTS-D Prep Virtual Classroom was extremely useful training. The class helped me drill home the most important math concepts and clarified others," he says.

Nasarre is advocating for more people in the industry in Spain to earn CTS designations and get a wider recognition for InfoComm. "InfoComm's emphasis on quality and best practices is vital for the AV market," he says. Through handling education at CHARMEX, Nasarre says that certification is the way to go, benefitting both the Spanish and European AV markets.

"It feels like an honor to be the first CTS-D holder in Spain. It is a great help for my career and validates my approach. I'm very happy I got it."

Celebrate Your Certification (or Earn It!) at ISE

While you are at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) in Amsterdam, 29-31 January, you can take your CTS, CTS-D or CTS-I exam. Reserve your exam seat — while they are still available.

Then, say "cheers" and have a drink with your CTS colleagues at the first-ever CTS reception at ISE. Save the date: Tuesday, 29 Jan. from 17:00 to 18:00. Stay tuned for more details on this event.