Continuing Education

All Fire Protection Education classes are accredited by ICC and provide 0.8 ICC Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants upon completion of each 8-hours full day class. Class #1 and #3 are also approved by ESA/NTS and NAESA for CEUs and QEI credits. For information please click HERE.



All Fire Protection Education classes are accredited by the National Training School ESA/NTS and provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants upon completion of each class. Class #1 and #3 are approved by ESA/NTS for 8 CEU credits. For information please click HERE.


Approved for NTS renewal credit by the Electronic Security Association


Class # 1 and #3 are approved by NAESA International for 0.7 CEU credits for Qualified Elevator Inspectors (QEI) certification. For Information please click HERE.

Class # 1 is approved by NAEC for 7.5 CET Credits. For Information please click HERE.



Certification Information

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ESA/NTS offers a variety of certifications for both segments of the industry: intrusion and fire. ESA/NTS certifications are true certifications that are attained by meeting a higher standard of training, required continuing education and work experience requirements.

All ESA/NTS certifications are valid for a period of 24 months following the completion of a course of study. Certification is maintained through attendance at industry related continuing education activities. Maintaining ESA/NTS certifications requires certificate holders to earn 24 continuing education units/hours (CEUs) (the equivalent of 24 classroom hours) each renewal cycle.

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NTS Certifications

Certified Alarm Technician (CAT) Level I
To earn Certified Alarm Technician Level I status, students must successfully complete the Certified Alarm Technician course, or the online equivalent, and pass the proctored examination.


Certified Fire Alarm Technician (CFAT) Level II Fire
To earn Certified Fire Alarm Technician status, students must hold a CAT I or higher certification, have 24 months field experience, successfully complete the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, or the online equivalent, and either the Life Safety Code course, or the International Building Code course, and pass the course’s proctored examination.


Certified Alarm Technician (CAT) Level II
To earn Certified Alarm Technical Level II status, a student must hold a CAT I or higher certification, have 24 months field experience, successfully complete the Advanced Intrusion Systems course, or the online equivalent, and the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, or the online equivalent, and pass each course’s proctored examination.


Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) Level III Fire
To earn Certified Fire Alarm Designer status, a student must hold a CFAT certification or higher, have 36 months field experience, successfully complete the Professional Fire Alarm Design course and pass the proctored examination.


Certified Service Technician (CST)
To earn Certified Service Technician status, a student must hold a CAT I or higher certification, have 24 months field experience, and successfully complete three courses of study (or the online equivalents): Advanced Intrusion Systems course, Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, and Troubleshooting, Service and Maintenance course; and pass each course’s proctored examination.


Certified Systems Integrator (CSI)
To earn Certified Systems Integrator status, a student must hold a CAT I or higher certification, have 36 months field experience, and successfully complete three courses of study (or the online equivalents): Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, Electronic Access Control course and Video Systems Technologies course; and pass each course’s proctored examination.


Certified Security Salesperson (CSS)
To earn Certified Security Salesperson status, students must successfully complete the Understanding Electronic Security Systems course and the Security Sales Essentials course and pass each course’s proctored examination. Those holding a current Certified Alarm Technician Level I certification may earn Certified Security Salesperson status by successfully completing the Security Sales Essentials Training course and passing the proctored examination.


Certified Residential Fire Alarm Inspector (CRFAI)
To earn Certified Residential Fire Alarm Inspector status, students must successfully complete the Residential Fire Alarm course and pass the proctored examination.



ESA/ETS – General Information:
Founded in 1985, the Electronic Security Association's National Training School (NTS) is the leading provider of classroom, online courses and certifications for the evolving electronic security and life safety industry.


NTS is the definitive source for training and certification for the security and life safety industry. Here's why:

  • Most Trade Professionals Trained
More than 40,000 security integration professionals have earned NTS certifications or completed courses since 1985, by far the most trained by any industry organization in the last 25 years.

  • Most Recognized

A program of the Electronic Security Association, NTS's non-product-specific approach makes for tremendous credibility. State and local licensing authorities and regulators, authorities having jurisdiction, specifiers, end-users, manufacturers and employers all recognize NTS coursework and certifications as indicators of competence, proficiency and excellence.


  • Most Practical
Because NTS courses are developed by industry professionals with in-depth experience in security integration, courses focus on practical skills and knowledge relevant to the required jobs and tasks in a subject area. NTS courses are efficient. They apply directly to the important work of security integration companies. Students learn what they need to know, not what's nice to know.

  • Most Comprehensive
NTS training addresses all four of the major technology streams in electronic security – video surveillance, access control, intrusion detection and fire detection – and systems integration. NTS provides both beginner and advanced training and certifications and technical and business training.

  • Most Available
With a network of more than 135 trainers, a state and local chapter classroom training distribution structure and online options, NTS offers broad availability of its training and exams. NTS can also bring private classes and customized training and certification to companies in their facilities.
 

  • Most Experienced Instructors
NTS instructors have years of experience installing and monitoring integrated security systems along with years of experience teaching industry colleagues and peers. Students have an opportunity to learn from the best and most experienced professionals who have walked in their shoes.

  • Longest Established
More than 25 years of experience gives NTS increased technical and market knowledge in every facet of training and certification – from course development and delivery to administration and customer services. NTS's length of service also means high brand recognition for its training and credentials.

  • Best Value
The quality of NTS training, the highly credible and recognized nature of its credentials, its convenient availability, its practical and efficient coverage of topics and its affordable pricing combine to make it by far the best value in electronic security industry training.