Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CTT+ Passed

I'm so excited - I finally passed the performance-based portion of the CTT exam. For those who haven't dealt with this process I'll summarize: You take a written exam which is very, very special and often difficult because the scenarios presented aren't always clearly tied to the answers. The performance-based portion is where you tape a 20-minute training session and send it in for review. Sounds simple, right? Well, you have to make sure you are reaching every major and sub areas to be judged on in your video (all 12 of them)...not easy to do in 20 minutes.

On top of that, the process for submitting your video can be hectic because you either need to submit electronically (in the exact format specified - only available to be encoded if you have Adobe Media Encoder which is part of Adobe Flash CS4 - and in a small size limit for transer) or in DVD format to a smaller company that accepts and processes the videos. If your video isn't in the proper format, it's an extra charge. If your video is way too big, possibly another extra charge. If your video is somehow invalidated - no refund. If you use aliases or pseudonyms in your video - prepare for a world of hurt. All in all, it's a tough certification and you'll be soooo happy when it's over with that you will want to tell everyone.