A solid foundation
What the New CIT Means for Security/Commercial Integrators
As more and more devices move to a network-based infrastructure, the boundaries between technology categories are beginning to blur. Security systems, enterprise visual communication networks, conference rooms, and smart home systems all require highly specialized expertise to design and execute, but behind drywall they all rely on low-level infrastructure. very similar voltage.
CEDIA, the global home technology industry association, recently ratified a foundational new certification created to reflect this reality. The Cabling and Infrastructure Technician (CIT) certification assesses technicians whose primary task is to perform basic infrastructure cabling for low-voltage technology systems in a residential or commercial environment.
The exam is designed to test whether candidates can use the correct tools and techniques; follow the instructions in the project documentation; operate in a safe and professional manner on the site; and understand the basic function of the wiring and termination components being installed.
CEDIA represents the smart home integration industry, but these are skills required in all low voltage trades. This exam is aimed at entry-level technicians working in a variety of environments and types of systems – and now it has been accredited to ISO/IEC 17024:2012, General requirements for the operation certification of people organizations.
In a nutshell, this means that an objective third party, the Accreditation Council of the American National Standards Institute, conducted a comprehensive review of CIT certification – how its scope was defined, how it is administered and managed, who is involved in its design and maintenance, and more – and has found that CEDIA’s program meets the leading internationally recognized standard for how a certification program should be created and managed.
Around the world, many companies and government entities require ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation as a prerequisite for recognition of the validity of a certification program. CIT accreditation is great news for security integrators. This means they can use the CIT exam as a benchmark for new technicians’ low voltage infrastructure installation skills – and once achieved, this certification will be recognized globally as a legitimate benchmark.
This article originally appeared in the April 2022 issue of Security Today.