With AV-IT convergence, are IT accreditations such as CCNA now as important, or maybe even more important, than CTS when it comes to career opportunities and advancement?
- As per my previous answer, in part yes. More and more technologies are network centric and require a detailed understanding of network and software architecture. Certainly in the fast-paced and rapidly changing world of communication and collaboration solutions, it’s absolutely pivotal and a fundamental requirement that employees have this skillset from day one.
Does our industry have enough types of accreditations, or do we need more? If so, what should InfoComm and/or other organisations consider adding?
- I think the key to progressing and developing accreditation within the AV industry is to promote one or two key qualification-awarding bodies. Once the wider customer base recognises and understands the value these accreditations provide, then it might be the time to introduce more. At this point in time, I think the challenge is to get the sector recognised via a smaller number of professional bodies. The more we have, the more diluted and fragmented the industry appears from the outside, and fewer customers will focus on it.