How Can This Be True – AMX/Crestron?


Hello, Everyone

I’ve been trying to figure out how many individuals are currently certified as an AMX Solutions Master and a Gold Crestron Certified Programmer as well.

Based on what AMX management told me regarding my AMX certifications, I currently hold more AMX certifications than anyone else.

Not even AMX direct employees have been to as many AMX training classes as I have.

I am extremely honored and humbled….Can This Be True?

So I am wondering how many individuals in the Audio/Video industry have all of their AMX certifications ( including AMX Solutions Master ) and a Crestron Gold programming certification too.

I have asked Crestron and AMX and they are not aware of any other individuals – besides myself.

I find this somewhat hard to believe so I’m asking around on social media.   Any thoughts

All Certifications Are Up-To-Date

[Update – 3/25/16] 

[Breaking News] AMX & Crestron Audio/Video history has been made!

WOW – This is amazing!

Based on my feedback so far, no one else is completely AMX certified (that has completed all of AMX courses/certification) and a Crestron Gold (or higher) Certified Programer too.

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 Joel MGarza  Senior Regional Manager at Bormann Marketing

Congrats Michael. Difficult thing to do when the C and A guys make it so difficult these days, and costly…..

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Michael Haynes, CMCP-G, ASM,CTS

Thank you, Joel for the feedback. I am extremely grateful and it is a lot of hard work — working & training. I believe some of it is cultural – what a person got used to when they got into the A/V industry. So besides the technical / programming aspects of it, the cultural side makes it even more difficult to achieve both levels of certifications.


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Micah Cade, CTS-D, DMC-E   Multimedia Sales Engineer at Providea

Great job! Manufacturers need to encourage more of this not less…

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Brian Rose  Systems Engineer at Triton Technology, Inc

Congrats!!  I hold a few certifications from both companies and know the time and effort it takes to get them.  That is an awesome achievement

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Darren Yeager, Crestron Gold Master Programmer 

Looking at the low number of Gold certified people this wouldn’t surprise me.

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Michael Haynes, CMCP-G, ASM,CTS

Thank you, everyone for the congratulations.

Darren, you have a good point. I was the 47th Crestron Gold certified programmer in September, 2015. The number of Crestron Gold Master Programmers are probably somewhere around 50. So I can see out of 50 people how I can be the only fully AMX certified person. This is a great honor to be the only Crestron Gold Certified Programmer and completely AMX certified as well.

The Gold Standard

I recently took and passed the Crestron Gold certified programming exam.

In 2009 there were approximately 8 Crestron Gold certified programmers which grew to 39 by the end of 2014. The exam has truly changed over the years and it has become exponentially harder. But the pride, satisfaction, self-achievement and the professional recognition weather the course of time and stay the same.

Making the Crestron 'New' Gold Standard

I am extremely ecstatic and honored to proclaim I have joined the ranks of those select few that have earned the title of “Crestron Gold Certified Programmer”. One manufacturer told me that no one else has more A/V certifications than I have. But I honestly consider this achievement as one of the most important, second only to my college degrees.

Silver, Gold, and Platinum Master Programmer Certification Levels

Crestron Certified Master Programmer Levels

Becoming a Crestron Certified Programmer offers you more than just bragging rights around your co-workers.


I have been asked how long it took me to take the updated Gold exam and what it incurred.

I believe for the most part that any industry certification standard exam’s details, such as the Crestron Master exam, should not be revealed to everyone. I cannot speak for the other limited number of people (less than 100 Crestron Master Gold certified programers) but, I will not be disclosing any details about the exam.

However, I will say I was impressed with one particular area on the exam that was neither difficult nor easy but it made one change the way that you normally would think about programming. This particular area reminded me of my first EET electronic class in college which was Circuit 101.

We started off learning series, then parallel circuits and then combinations of series and parallel circuits together. I learned what looks like a straight line, and some would believe was a series circuit, was actually a parallel circuit. It was probably at this moment in college where I learned how to think different. So why is that important to A/V programming?

The answer is simple –  you cannot teach someone every possible way to program a system. But, you can teach a different way of thinking and different approach to ‘all’ the answers.

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