Taking Steps to Execute Our CTS Initiative

In the pursuit of fulfilling our Parsons Technologies vision statement to be the premier technologies innovator, provider, and employer in North America, we recently refocused our training initiatives. One of these initiatives aims to achieve a larger percentage of employees with certification in the Audio Visual (AV) systems industry. The Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential is administered by the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA, formerly InfoComm) and is a symbol of credibility, gives evidence of technical proficiency and professionalism, and shows a commitment to excellence and conformance to industry standards relating to all aspects involved with providing installed AV systems. The CTS certification program has been in operation for 30 years and is the only AV-specific credential that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This certification is widely adopted and recognized in the AV industry among customers and consulting firms and is often listed as a requirement in project specifications.

Individuals from each Parsons branch and department have been selected as candidates for the CTS training and certification program, a total of almost 20 individuals. Parsons entered into a licensing agreement with AVIXA to become a training provider for a preparatory class offered to the CTS candidates before taking their certification exam. This CTS prep class is a 3-day class that covers important topics on the exam and that also have application in the real world. The class is separated into four domains: (A) Creating AV Solutions, (B) Operating AV Solutions, (C) Conducting AV Management Activities, and (D) Servicing AV Solutions. Classes are being broken up into four different sessions based on locations and job responsibilities; the 1st session took place the week of November 20th and the last class will be completed by the end of February 2018. A CTS exam textbook and login access to additional online training are provided to each candidate. One-on-one mentoring is also available to ensure that each person has complete knowledge and the confidence to be able to pass the CTS exam administered by Pearson Vue testing centers.

Continuing education of 30 credits every three years is required to maintain certification, much of which can be achieved through approved online webinars. There are also two specialized tiers of CTS certification; CTS-D for Design and CTS-I for Installation, which further distinguishes commitments to technical competence in these areas.

Parsons currently has six individuals with CTS certification (including two with CTS-D). This initiative is a large step forward in continuing to be the premier provider of AV systems in North America.

 

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