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CEDIA CIT Certification
Earns ANSI Accreditation
CEDIA'S NEW CABLING & INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNICIAN
(CIT) certification has become the association's first course
ever to earn third-party accreditation in accordance with the
global ISO/IEC 17024:2012, General Requirements for Bodies
Operating Certification of Persons. As an organization headquartered
in the United States, CEDIA's ISO/IEC 17024 conformance
process was overseen by the ANSI National Accreditation
Board (ANAB), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17024 standard is recognized
worldwide as a mark of excellence that demonstrates to employers,
industry leaders, and allied trades that a certificate holder
has undergone a valid, fair, and reliable assessment to verify
that they have the necessary competencies to practice. Just as
a technician's attainment of the CIT certification demonstrates
their competency, ANAB accreditation demonstrates CEDIA's
competence as a certification body.
" We know that employers are looking for technicians who
possess a solid foundation of knowledge and skills, " says CEDIA
senior director of certification David Whitney. " Our goal for CIT
certification is to provide a standard benchmark of competence
that can be recognized across the industry. Having third-party
accreditation further solidifies the value of certification and puts
us is in a stronger position to communicate our professionalism
with clients, business partners, and government bodies. "
According to Whitney, the CEDIA CIT certification was
submitted to ANSI in March 2021. The accreditation process
includes an extensive review first of CEDIA itself to make sure
the organization is a valid one.
After that review is complete, then the full application is
uploaded with all the documentation showing CEDIA's process
for creating standard. ANSI is looking to make sure the standard
is totally impartial. Finally, ANSI reviews the exam itself.
Whitney says CEDIA had more than 140 beta testers take the
exam.
The CEDIA CIT certification is designed for individuals to earn,
not integration companies. The two-hour, 120-question exam
is aimed at new technicians entering the market. There is no
prerequisite to take the course.
Whitney says the best way to prepare for the exam is a study
guide along with hands-on experience. The courses are held
both in person at CEDIA events and at any of the more than
1,000 Criterion Testing Centers across the U.S. The exam can
also be taken live online with a remote proctor.
Whitney recommends integration companies look at making
CEDIA CIT certification part of their regular onboarding process
for new technicians, and individual technicians should look at it
as an investment in their own careers.
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partners that it is more than
parts and pieces that we are
providing. Rather, we are an
integral part of the visioning
process for projects we are
a part of.
DOUG DUSHAN, BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER,
ECHO SYSTEMS
Please provide a brief
overview of your business.
I've been in the industry for
22 years, 12 of which I have
served as sales and business
development manager at
Echo Systems.
Echo Systems has been
in business for 18 years
and has grown to three
locations (Omaha, Neb.;
Olathe, Kan.; and Dallas)
with approximately 70 employees.
We focus on the
luxury end of the residential
market.
What are some of your
business differentiators?
While aesthetic products
have become increasingly
popular in our industry, the
art of aesthetic integration
has been at the heart of
our business model for
many years.
We aim to show our
architect and designer
What stood out from
the Summit sessions you
attended?
The energy and spirit of
collaboration was refreshing.
The vendor partners seemed
focused on building relationships
rather than simply
selling their wares. And the
dialog with other dealers
was engaging and open.
Did you make some new
relationships to potentially
learn more best practices
or other benefits?
I most definitely forged new
relationships that will prove
valuable for years to come.
The level of openness and
strategic thinking discussed
was truly beneficial for our
business.
What else do you enjoy
from this and other CE
Summits you've attended?
While this was my first CE
Summit, it will certainly not
be my last. It is an asset to
the industry and I am glad
that it will henceforth be a
part of my annual calendar.
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