Beta testing launched for CEDIA’s CIT Certification


CEDIA has launched beta testing for its Cabling & Infrastructure Technician (CIT) Certification as part of complete overhaul of its certification programme.

The CIT Certification targets those who are just entering the industry or are embarking on the early stages of a career as a technician. 

“Beta testing is one of the final, but one of the most crucial stages in making CIT Certification a reality,” said David Whitney, CEDIA’s director of certification. “For technicians, especially if you’re new to the field or looking to be recognised for your technical competence, the CIT beta test is a chance to earn CEDIA’s newest certification at a discounted price.

“Experienced individuals will also want to earn this certification on their way to CEDIA’s higher credentials. The feedback gathered from all participants will be used to ensure that the final exam is accurate, fair, and can be trusted to reliably measure a new technician’s readiness for work.”

Results from the beta test will go out in December. This version of the exam, which can be taken virtually through the Kryterion Remote Proctoring system, is longer than the final, published version (three hours instead of two). The process ensures the best outcome for the final version.

Dennis Erskine, Certification Commission chairman, added: “This certification is a new essential standard for our industry. It measures the very important set of knowledge and skills that every technician should possess to work safely and effectively on a jobsite during the first years of their career.

“Employers looking to get new technicians up to speed quickly now have a clear target to aim for and an outline to get there. Ensuring that new hires know the right way to do things from the start is a smart investment that every business owner should be making.”

The CIT exam is built on the framework developed by the Job Task Analysis, which was completed earlier this year. Crafting the exam, the CIT Exam Development Task Force is comprised of industry-experience volunteers. 

CIT is the prerequisite for CEDIA Integrated Systems Technician (IST) Certification, which is currently still being developed and should be fully completed by spring 2021. CEDIA is actively looking for volunteers to participate in developing the IST exam and other projects. 

CEDIA recently published the Cabling & Infrastructure Technician book which is a key reference to this exam. 

Registration for the 180-question beta test is now open and offered at a special price of $50. It will be administered virtually from 5-30 November.