Tampa, Fla.-based BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education, and knowledge assessment, signed a friendship agreement with InfoComm International, the leading nonprofit association serving the professional audio/visual (AV) communications industry worldwide. The official agreement was signed by Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., executive director and CEO of InfoComm International and John D. Clark Jr., CAE, executive director and CEO of BICSI.

BICSI and InfoComm International share a mission to further their respective members’ businesses and their industries. The AV communications industry and the ITS industry intersect in terms of technologies, as well as their complementary roles in the building, communications and IT industries.

To accomplish their shared mission, and for the benefit of the associations’ members who work side-by-side on projects, InfoComm and BICSI have agreed on mutual points of reciprocity, including establishing reciprocal BICSI continuing education credit (CECs) and InfoComm Renewal Units (RUs) and continuing the current government relations cooperative activities and participation in the Green Building Technology Alliance (GBTA). Also included in this friendship agreement is a resolution to update the AV Design Reference Manual (AVDRM). BICSI believes that this relationship will enhance and expand BICSI’s dedicated outreach and also will add significantly to its programs and services.

“We are extremely excited to have signed our first friendship agreement with InfoComm International,” states Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, BICSI president. “We have worked on so many ventures together over the past few years that it makes sense to have a friendship agreement in place. With this agreement, we have cemented what should be a great relationship moving forward.”

“InfoComm is pleased to formalize our partnership with BICSI through this friendship agreement,” says Tom Stimson, CTS, president, InfoComm International. “We have created many valuable programs together and look forward to working collectively for the betterment of our industries.”

BICSI currently holds friendship agreements with the Electronic Security Association (ESA) — formerly NBFAA — and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).