InfoComm International’s APEx program has been active for approximately 2 years. There are over 45 integrators and consultants that are APEx certified. Yet, there are still many integrators, consultants, and customers who are not aware of this program. You are probably asking yourself what is APEx? APEx stands for Audiovisual Provider of Excellence. InfoComm International created APEx to be a marketing recognition program to showcase integrators and consultants who meet requirements that demonstrate a commitment to industry standards and professionalism.
APEx replaces the Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP) program that was used to highlight a company’s technical knowledge and support of industry quality and standards. What makes APEx different, as well as an improvement, from CAVSP, is that companies have the same opportunities to join, whether they are small, medium, or large.
Let’s take a look at 5 reasons to consider APEx.
- Room for all the best. APEx requirements to become certified are broken down by company size. This allows for companies great or small to be a part of the program if they can meet the requirements. Have 25 or less employees? Great! Have over 500 employees? Great!
- Reasonable requirements. Every company has to earn 100 points annually to be APEx certified, but the points percentage varies depending upon the size of your company. Again, this allows the smaller companies to be able prove that they are just as capable of the bigger companies of providing quality service and are basing their workmanship on industry standards.
- Balanced priorities. To join, companies are required to have a certain percentage of employees with an InfoComm CTS/CTS-I/CTS-D certification. Before APEx, if your company met the number of CTS-certified staff members, no matter the size of your company, you could be either a Sapphire, Emerald, or Diamond Certified Solutions Provider. While CTS certification is important, it should not be the only gauge for a company’s commitment to industry standards and quality workmanship.
- Customer focus. For acceptance, your organization is required to receive positive customer response surveys. This is important because your customers have first-hand knowledge about your workmanship and professionalism.
- Member friendly. While you have to achieve 100 points annually to be APEx certified, you have the ability to earn additional points. Companies can earn points by having additional CTS certified employees on staff, attendng InfoComm courses, and achieving APEx-approved certification.
Want to know why the AVNation team likes APEx? Listen to AVWeek Episode 254 to hear their thoughts on the value APEx, as well as Harman’s job relocations, Polycom’s decision to go with Siris, and more.