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ICIA Certifies Five Companies

Status Demonstrates Commitment to Education and Excellence in AV Industry (December 19, 2001)
Five companies were newly awarded ICIA Certified Member status: Audio Visual Resources, Inc. in Williston Park, NY; AVQ Ltd. in York, England; Bontronics in Somerville, MA; Elert & Associates in Stillwater, MN; and Walsh-Lowe/Constantin Group, LLC in Hoboken, NJ.

ICIAs Certified Member Program requires standardized testing of audiovisual knowledge and skills in order to demonstrate mastery of techniques and technical knowledge. Members who pass certification testing must also agree to a code of ethics before receiving their status. Certification in the audiovisual industry is increasingly becoming the indicator used to measure expertise as well as to show an overall commitment to excellence in the industry. Customers seeking competent service providers for demanding and complex AV systems integration and installation projects often need some measure or standard that gives them confidence in their choice of vendors and the ICIA Certified Member designation bestows just this kind of credibility.


AVQs Managing Director Geoff McAuley explains, "Whereas defined qualifications are normal practice in other disciplines, such as building, security systems, electrical contracting, etc., architects and design consultants have hitherto been unable to verify that the chosen AV specialist has the necessary credentials to ensure expected quality standards. We are therefore delighted to have been able to enroll on a training schedule with an organization like ICIA that helps us convey to clients our commitment to raising and maintaining high industry standards."

Spencer Bullins, CTS, Chairman of ICIA and President of Long Communications Group in Winston-Salem, NC said that the award is increasingly sought after by audiovisual companies. "Not only is the award roster quickly filling up with names, we are now instituting a certification renewal process for those companies that have already received the designation."

ICIA member companies qualify for Certified Member status if 50 percent of their sales or technical staff, or 20 employees, hold a valid general or specialized ICIA certification. To date, over 45 companies have attained the Certified Member Award.

For more information about the Certified Member Award program, contact Lou Nanni at 703/273-7200 ext. 321 or 800/659-7469 or by email at lnanni@infocomm.org.
ICIA is the premier trade association for the professional audiovisual communications industry. ICIA represents for-profit individuals and organizations that derive revenue from the commercialization or utilization of communications technologies. ICIA ensures the credibility and desirability of its members' products and services by representing the communications industry to the public, business, education and government. ICIA achieves this through education programs, workforce development activities, industry technology updates, publications, Internet presence, market research, industry certification programs, government relations and participation in national and international expositions.

ICIA serves its worldwide membership as the pre-eminent provider of education, training and certification for communications technologies to enhance the ability to conduct business successfully, profitably, and competently.

ICIA is the founder of InfoComm, the premier trade exposition for audiovisual communications professionals who come to learn about the latest technologies and available services as well as new and alternative applications. InfoComm is the industry's most advanced educational and interactive annual event, offering cost-effective marketing opportunities to reach a highly targeted audience of decision-makers in the AV industry. ICIA also manages the InfoComm Asia, InfoComm China, InfoComm Europe and InfoComm Japan industry expositions.
For more information, visit the ICIA website at www.infocomm.org.

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