InfoComm International is applying for American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation for its Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certifications under ISO 17024. ANSI, a private, nonprofit organization, accredits other organizations to serve as third-party product, system and personnel certifiers. ANSI ISO 17024 plays a prominent role in facilitating global standardization of the certification community, increasing mobility among countries, enhancing public safety, and protecting consumers.
ANSI's accreditation will promote the unique qualifications and expertise InfoComm's certifications provide by ensuring the integrity of the certifications, enhancing consumer and public confidence in the certifications and the people who hold them, and facilitating recognition of the CTS program across geographical borders and industries. As the only certification program in the industry to be ANSI accredited, it will give CTS holders and their companies an edge up on competitors from other industries and ones in our industry that do not train and certify their personnel to these standards.
Accreditation by ANSI will signify that InfoComm's procedures meet ANSI's essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process in accordance with the ISO 17024 standard. Currently, InfoComm's certification is the only AV industry certification program recognized by the National Certification Commission and the U.S. Veteran's Administration.
InfoComm will be making some administrative and programmatic changes in the upcoming months to ensure compliance with ANSI standards. One of the most significant changes is creating an independent committee designed to solely oversee certification programs. "I am pleased to appoint InfoComm past president Spencer Bullins, CTS, of AMX, as the chair of InfoComm's new Certification Committee," said InfoComm's Randy Pagnan. "His extensive knowledge of the AV industry and strong management skills provides InfoComm with the talent needed to elevate its robust certification program."