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NTS Certifications

ESA/NTS offers a variety of certifications to students who, through prescribed courses of study, meet the criteria for that particular certification. The certification programs and their requirements are listed below. In order to achieve subsequent certifications, previous certifications held must be in good standing.

All ESA/NTS certifications are valid for a period of 12 months following the completion of a course. Maintaining ESA/NTS certifications requires certification holders to earn 12 credit hours (12 CEU's) the equivalent of 12 classroom hours, each year.

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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.