CPSDJ/CPSME Certification Certification Creates Culture of Professionalism
Cer·ti·fi·ca·tion, n. 1: the act of certifying 2: the state of being certified board certification is no more than a relative indication of proficiency.
Peace of Mind Will a series of initials after someone's name really make a difference in how clients or people in the entertainment industry view that individual?
Absolutely. Professional certification is a global language. It tells prospective clients that you are dedicated to the profession. It reflects that you have high standards and that you can be taken seriously. It shows your passion. It indicates that you are someone who expects to be in the profession for the long term.
The CPSDJ/CPSME Certification benefits the public by providing a means to verify credentials and find reliable knowledgeable CPS professionals. When you sit down and pass an exam on what you have learned, it proves to the world that you know what you are doing. Certification makes a difference every day as it strengthens your professional image. It is a vehicle by which the cream can rise to the top. Being certified will set you apart from the others by putting a professional stamp on everything you do within the Disc Jockey profession, and for your clients by offering an educational resources and monitoring platform, and certified Members, establishing professional credibility, enhancing personal value and self esteem, as well as offering a place to go for reliable information.
CPSDJ/CPSME Certification Program Certification of Disc Jockey/Entertainment Professionals
that utilize a Computerized Performance System is a program
of the CPSDJ Certification Department and is not related to
any state regulated or industry trade program or Association.
Today's successful entertainers must keep pace with change,
improve their knowledge, share their experience with others
and pass the benefit onto their clients.
The CPSDJ designation logo may be used on letterhead, business
cards, and other marking materials for a period of two years.
The CPSDJ wall certificates are the visible symbols of the
holder's active status and achievement. Each person who
completes the certification process will have a dedicated
client verification and ratings scale web page customized
for their clients to view. (click image to view)
Once certified, designees are automatically enrolled in the CPSDJ Re-certification Program, which recognizes and rewards continuing efforts toward professional career growth. A portfolio to help track professional development and continued education activities is provided. Every two to three years, the Certification Director will re certify those who qualify based on their CPSDJ accomplishments and successful completion of a comprehensive CPSDJ examination.
After completion of one CPSDJ Re-certification Program, an individual may test for the CPSME Certification. When you achieve your Computerized Performance System Master Entertainer Certification (CPSME) you will receive a jeweled lapel pin (reflecting your accomplishment and number of years certified) as well as a certificate at the time of each Re-certification.
Qualifications for CPSDJ Certification Because people's backgrounds vary widely in the entertainment industry, applicants may pursue the CPSDJ Certification designation through one of three options:
Plan A: Emphasizes an educational background with a minimum of one years practical experience and successful completion of a comprehensive CPSDJ examination.
Plan B: Emphasizes industry experience with two years practical experience and successful completion of a comprehensive CPSDJ examination.
Plan C: An apprentice program for people with no industry or extended education experience or references.
All three plans require completion of documented evidence of experience and eventual successful completion of a comprehensive CPSDJ examination.
Plan A Eligibility -- Education Emphasis
At least a 2-year business degree from an accredited institution or successful completion of an Entertainment Business Degree, Associate Degree, Bachelor Program, or an comprehensive business degree or trade certification with an emphasis on the Entertainment media industry or Computer hardware/software media, or
Current employment as a Disc Jockey, General Manager, owner/operator, or corporate executive* (see below) in an entertainment- or music-related company, with at least one year of full-time or part-time experience in one or more such positions.
* Either you run your own business as a DBA, play a larger role in someone else's business, sub-contract your service, or have technical, hands-on experience using a CPS.
Plan B Eligibility -- Experience Emphasis
Current employment as a Disc Jockey, General Manager, owner/operator, corporate executive, Mobile or Club Disc Jockey, or any relevant position* (see below) in an entertainment- or music-related company, with at least two (2) years of full- or part-time experience in one or more such positions.
Educators Only: Currently teaching related CPS courses on a full-time or part-time basis at an accredited academic institution; two (2) years of experience in this capacity; two (2) years of full-time or part-time experience in a development position in a CPS-related company
* Certification requires a candidate to hold a qualifying position at the time of application. Plan B accommodates individuals with no formal education requirement.
Plan C Apprentice Program -- No Experience Required
Through Plan C you can begin working on your CPSDJ designation and demonstrating your commitment to professional development today. Plan C enables you to take the Apprentice Certification Test up to two times so you can gauge your progress and knowledge against an industry-proven standard. You will not need to wait to see if you meet the benchmark of industry knowledge. You can prove it and pursue a strong professional development regimen. This plan will allow individuals who are in qualifying positions to pursue their certification even if they are lacking in education or required work experience.
A Plan C Apprentice candidate who is in a qualifying position:
(A) May sit during a Computer DJing Summit for the examination BEFORE meeting the experience requirement
(B) May take the Apprentice examination up to two (2) times
(C) May sit for the Apprentice examination while in the process of completing a course of study at an accredited institution
(D) Will be required to complete a specific number of points by completing requirements as outlined by the Plan C Eligibility Chart, which is in the application
(E) These will be in addition to a degree/diploma that a candidate is already completing
(F) Will be required to submit documentation of employment at the time the experience requirement is met
(G) Will be required to submit documentation of completed courses/workshops at the time the experience requirement is met
2008 Computer DJing Industry Survey The purpose of the survey is to collect product-anonymous information about computer DJs, which we will aggregate and publicly share with the hardware manufacturing and software development community community. The survey features multi questions, and upon completion you will be entered in a drawing to win some great prizes and software. All responses will remain completely anonymous and no personal information will be shared, harvested or sold.
The more completed surveys we get, the better our data will be, meaning our findings will be of greater interest to the hardware manufacturing and software development community. Be sure to take the survey! All of your information will remain anonymous, and once we receive enough responses, we'll announce when we'll publish the data.
Click here to take survey.
Educational Review Material
DJ Summit Review DVDs
Did you miss last years Computer DJ Summit? After two years of coveing many 101 topics, future Summits will now focus on advanced learning. If you missed the wealth of information shared during the Summit you will find several review DVDs now available in the official CPS Store. These DVDs will catch you up for future events. DVDs ar available in two disc sets and mega sets. Click here for details.
General Program Details
CPS Certification Gives an Edge
In a white paper titled Certification: Networking With the Best, George R. Conrade, wrote, "Certification is an excellent way to gain a competitive edge and give proof of your abilities, knowledge, and level of skill. To be certified in any profession, whether it's as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or as a CPS Certified Disc Jockey (CPSDJ), means you have joined a network of individuals who meet consistent, knowledge-based standards of ability, position, experience-even ethics. When you pursue certification, you're testing yourself against these standards of proficiency." Click here for details.
2008 Computer DJ/VJ/KJ Summit
Special announcement... The 2008 DJ Summit will be hosted where it all began Atlanta, Georgia. This years event will be groundbreaking for the novice and experienced Disc Jockey. Anyone “already” or “planning” to mix mp3s or other music file format with hardware, software or combination of both. Block your schedule and don't forget to attend the Monday evening " Weddings Ground-0" seminar to discover the plans for the 2009 Summit.
NOTICE: The 2008 Summit is being held in a High-Tech room where you can plug-into the live experience. This is a full extended day of seminars. Sundays Atlanta-Ground-0 Experience is a day of networking and touring landmark locations of the city.
August 20, 2007
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