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NTS CEU Accreditation

ESA encourages Continuing Education (CE) Providers to offer quality educational courses for Certification Holders. ESA/NTS certificate holders are required to participate in on-going professional education to maintain their credential(s), and many organizations have found ESA/NTS CEU Accreditation to be an effective tool for marketing their education courses. ESA/NTS has initiated an accreditation process to assist our Certification Holders in identifying and selecting quality continuing education.

ESA/NTS accredited continuing education may be used towards ESA/NTS certification renewal requirements. ESA/NTS Certification Holders must report 1.2 or 12 hours of CEUs annually that comply with qualifying activities outlined in the "Maintaining Certification” section of these guidelines.

Click here to see a list of already approved CEU programs.

Program Criteria

ESA/NTS has established the following minimum requirements for continuing education courses it accredits:

  1. The topics covered in the courses must not be competitive in nature to current or planned ESA/NTS education courses.

  2. It is expected that CE Providers use instructors that have the highest quality teaching skills as well as appropriate education, experience, and applicable licensing.

  3. The topics covered in the courses must build upon the knowledge provided in the ESA/NTS certification programs.

  4. The goal of the class must be to provide quality education. The goal may not be to sell, promote or advertise any products or services.

    1. Courses submitted as "product-specific” which appear to be sales pitches or product endorsements will not receive approval.

    2. Programs covering "generic” or "product-specific” topics or content may be eligible for accreditation. Generic subject matter means that the skills or knowledge gained by the attendees during the course is easily transferable from one product or product line to another. For example, a course covering selection of correct types of wire for a given system based on the use, environment, load, etc., could apply to any manufacturer or system type.

    3. This distinction is important because ESA/NTS does not endorse specific manufacturer’s products. The ESA/NTS endorses competence in given areas of expertise. Product-specific courses may be approved when they are designed to convey application guidelines, proper installation, service, or troubleshooting techniques.

  5. Online courses: In addition to criteria 1 through 3, online courses must also comply with the following:

    1. Use an approved method of validating attendance, which may include attendance tracking log files or time on task analysis, credit can be given only for the amount of time the user has actually spent in the online session.

    2. Online provider has taken steps to insure the integrity of the attendance form. Verification of attendance must be issued by online provider and not be self

    3. A secure environment must be provided where users are authenticated via a login and password system.

    4. Security must be in place to protect the student’s personal and financial information. ESA/NTS must be given access to the online class if requested.

Application Process

Organizations interested in receiving ESA/NTS CEU accreditation must apply to have their courses approved. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the presentation date. Applications must include:

  1. Application form, which includes a Limited License Agreement for use of the ESA/NTS logo.

  2. A course syllabus that contains the following:

    1. Brief course description including delivery methods (instructor led, webinar, online, distance learning, etc.)

    2. Intended Audience - indicate the intended audience and course content must be a reasonable match for that audience. For example, if the course content was on the installation and adjustment of infrared detectors, the appropriate audience would be installers and service technicians, not sales representatives. Courses with content inappropriate for the target audience will not receive approval.

    3. Key learning objectives. For example, "At the completion of this course attendees will be able to: understand how EMS will provide dramatic increases in security and reduction in costs, how robotic vision systems save lives and protect property, and why they are an important new weapon in the war on terror” is a reasonable objective – for security center operators. It may not be a good match, however, for the people who have to install, adjust, or troubleshoot it.

    4. Length of course plus timed breakdown of the concepts covered.

Each course a CE Provider wishes to have accredited requires a separate application. The application form may be duplicated. Only one application is necessary for programs with multiple presentation dates, providing the presentation does not vary in length or content.

In the event significant changes are made to the course, such as: course objectives, delivery method, or hours offered, providers must resubmit CEU accreditation application.

Promoting Your Course

Upon the execution of the Limited License Agreement, approved courses will be permitted to display the "ESA/NTS CEU Accredited” logo in their course marketing materials. The license permits the company to display the ESA logo only as specified. The license is effective for three years (unless accredited for single use) from date of approval and is not subject to renewal. A new application will be required. With the license the approved company agrees to the following terms and conditions:

  1. The "ESA/NTS CEU Accredited” logo remains the property of ESA at all times.

  2. The CE Provider is not authorized to use the logo for any courses, programs or services other than those named in the limited license agreement.

  3. The logo may only be displayed utilizing ESA’s official logo colors or black or white and must be used in accordance with the ESA Style Guide.

  4. The CE Provider agrees that the logo will not be positioned to imply an ESA endorsement of the CE provider, its products or services.

  5. The logo shall not be given greater prominence than the CEU provider’s name.

  6. The logo shall not be used on the CEU provider’s letterhead or in any fashion that would imply an affiliation between the CE Provider and ESA/NTS other than as an accredited CE offering.

  7. The logo shall not be published in conjunction with any statement or material that, in the judgment of ESA, tends to undermine the credibility of ESA or its programs.

Courses receiving accreditation may be listed on the ESA website with a contact name and phone number. CE Providers can elect not to have their courses published by checking the appropriate box on the application.

Determining ESA/NTS Credits

Every one hour of qualified education will be eligible for .1 ESA/NTS CEU (or renewal credit).


In order for an application to be reviewed and processed it must include: a non-refundable application fee, a course accreditation fee (based on the number of course hours), and the required documentation. If the application is denied the course accreditation fee will be refunded. The course accreditation fee is waived for ESA regular, national, associate, allied, or public safety members.


CE Providers are required to verify attendance of all students and provide them with a record of their attendance. Records of attendance should include: name of attendee, date of course, course title as submitted to ESA/NTS, instructor, and number of hours attended. ESA/NTS Certification Holders are required to maintain individual documentation for courses attended. ESA/NTS can provide a template document to the CE Provider, which may be customized, reproduced and distributed to course participants, if desired.