InfoComm's CTS, CTS-I Credentials Earn ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation

FAIRFAX, VA--InfoComm International reported that the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) United States representative, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has accredited InfoComm's Certified Technology Specialist and Certified Technology Specialist - Installation credentials under ISO/IEC 17024.

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

This accreditation meets the requirements by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) Directive 8570.1, which requires its information assurance workers to obtain a commercial certification that has been accredited by ANSI or equivalent authorized body under the global ISO/IEC 17024 standard. This DoD-wide policy was approved for implementation in December 2005.

"InfoComm is the only organization within the audiovisual industry to earn ANSI accreditation for its personnel certification program and we are pleased that InfoComm is continuing to set the industry standard for competency and quality in the AV industry," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director, InfoComm International. "This accomplishment is a tribute to the visionary thinking of InfoComm's Board of Governors, who several years ago recognized the value of seeking outside validation of InfoComm's certification program, and to the tenacity of the members of InfoComm's independent Certification Committee, who helped institute important programmatic changes that were necessary to navigate ANSI's rigorous accreditation process."

"Today is a victory for the more than 9,500 audiovisual professionals who have earned the CTS credential, and for the companies with the foresight to invest in InfoComm's certification program," said Mark Valenti, CTS, InfoComm International President, and President of The Sextant Group. "Architects, AV design consultants, the government and others who specify AV work can have full confidence in the validity of the CTS credential."

Spencer Bullins, CTS, of AMX Corporation said, "InfoComm is meeting the changing demands of industry and government through the accreditation of the CTS credential. The investment in resources and volunteer time has been very significant, but having ANSI validate our program is the ultimate recognition we have been seeking." Bullins serves as Chair of InfoComm's independent Certification Committee and is a past president of InfoComm International.

"InfoComm is commended for completing this rigorous process and receiving ANSI accreditation," said Dr. Roy Swift, program director for certification accreditation for ANSI. "ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 was developed in response to businesses and governments seeking a valid benchmark for agencies who certify people."

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