Audio Video Certification
Find out about the organizations offering audio/video certification and the requirements for these credentials. Get information about employers and salary data.
How Do I Become a Certified Audio-Visual Specialist?
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) provides a professional audio-visual specialist certification. You'll need to pass an exam that tests your knowledge of audio-visual (AV) equipment available on the current market. Typical preparation for this exam comes from on-the-job experience and from studying from the study guide that CEA provides (www.ce.org). Other organizations offer certifications that provide a boost to your resume. These certifications validate your knowledge of certain AV equipment.
|Certifying Organization||Professionals can seek certification through The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)|
|Levels of Certification||CTS, CTS-D, CTS-I|
|Career Field Specific||Professionals seeking to work in the court system can also seek certification though the Center for Legal and Court Technology|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||15% growth (for audio and video equipment technicians)*|
|Median Salary (2018)||$43,770 (for audio and video equipment technicians)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Is a Certified Technology Specialist?
InfoComm International offers certification to become a certified technology specialist (CTS). This is currently the only AV certification accredited by International Organization of Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). InfoComm offers three levels of certification; CTS, CTS-D (Design) and CTS-I (Installation). These certifications require constant renewal, proving to employers that you have skills with the most up-to-date AV standards.
Can I Be Certified to Work in Courts?
The Center for Legal and Court Technology has a certification program for audio-visual work within the court systems. The organization's program includes the training needed to learn the skills needed to pass the certification exam, which is then completed at the end of the program. The culmination of your knowledge will be the exam that validates your knowledge of preparing AV equipment in a courtroom. This program introduces you to court procedures and policies, especially in regards to AV recordings.
What Else Should I Know About Working in This Field?
Some companies specifically handle the installation and maintenance of high-tech AV equipment. These companies generally work with businesses for conference rooms, government agencies and universities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), audio and video equipment technicians earned an average salary of $48,940 (www.bls.gov) in 2018. The highest average salaries by state were paid in New Jersey, New York, D.C., Nevada and California.