The AIA announced the names of the first AIA Certified System Integrator companies during an event at the Vision show in Stuttgart, Germany, last week. The companies are i4 Solutions, Leoni Vision Solutions, Ponfac and Vista Solutions. Their certification will be effective for three years, at which time they can recertify.
To qualify for the certification, companies must meet AIA’s criteria for years of vision system integration experience, skill level of employees (with a minimum number of advanced-level Certified Vision Professionals), number of successful integration projects completed each year, and verifiable experience in the industries they wish to show specialization.
“Leoni was a big supporter of this program that helps system integration companies demonstrate their experience, and they were our first official AIA Certified System Integrator company. They were followed by Vista Solutions, i4 Solutions and Ponfac, and we expect two more companies to be announced soon,” said Dana Whalls, AIA vice president.
“This program was years in the making, and was something that both the end user and system integrator communities asked us to develop; their input was crucial to its success,” Whalls added. “The certification is just one more tool that companies can use to evaluate their system integration partners. The system integration companies can use their certification to show third-party verification of critical qualifications.”
The advanced-level achievement of Certified Vision Professional was launched in 2010, and there are now 120 CVP-Basic level and 43 CVP-Advanced level certifications awarded. The advanced-level program includes five days of training and a written exam. The next offering of both the basic and advanced classes and exams will be during Automate 2013, January 21-25 in Chicago.