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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. Certifications are granted for a period of one year following the successful completion of a program and are renewed on an annual basis through continuing education. 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 of study. Certification is maintained through attendance at industry related continuing education activities. Maintaining ESA/NTS certifications requires certificate holders to earn 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs) (the equivalent of 12 classroom hours) each year. 

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NTS Certifications

Certified Alarm/Security 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 two-hour proctored examination. 

Certified Fire Alarm Technician (CFAT)

To earn Certified Fire Alarm Technician status, students must have held an ESA/NTS CAT Level 1 or higher (ESA/NTS or accredited) certificate for a minimum of 12 months or prove equal work history by work verification and successfully complete two courses of study:

  • the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, or the online equivalent, and pass the proctored examination and,
  • the Life Safety Code course and pass the proctored examination.

Certified Alarm Technician (CAT) Level II

To earn Certified Alarm Technician Level II status, students must have held an ESA/NTS CAT Level 1 or higher (ESA/NTS or accredited) certificate for a minimum of 24 months or prove equal work history by work verification and successfully completed two courses of study: 

  • the Advanced Intrusion Systems course, or the online equivalent, and pass the proctored examination and,
  • the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, or the online equivalent, and pass the proctored examination.

Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) Level III Fire

To earn Certified Fire Alarm Designer status, a student must hold a CFAT, or higher, for 36 months or prove equal work history by work verification and successfully complete the Professional Fire Alarm Design Course.

Certified Service Technician (CST)

To earn Certified Service Technician (CST) status, students must have held an ESA/NTS CAT Level 1 or higher (ESA/NTS or accredited) certificate for a minimum of 24 months or prove equal work history by work verification and successfully complete three courses of study:  

  • the Advanced Intrusion Systems course, or the online equivalent and pass the two hour, proctored examination,
  • the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, or the online equivalent and pass the two hour, proctored examination and,
  • the Troubleshooting Service and Maintenance course, or online equivalent and pass the two hour, proctored examination.

Certified Systems Integrator (CSI)

To earn Certified Systems Integrator (CSI) status, a student must have held an ESA/NTS CAT Level 1 or higher (ESA/NTS or accredited) certificate for a minimum of 36 months or prove equal work history by work verification and successfully complete three courses of study: 

  • the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course, or the online equivalent and pass the two hour, proctored examination,
  • the Electronic Access Control course, or the online equivalent and pass the two hour, proctored examination and, 
  • the Video Systems Technologies course, or the online equivalent and pass the two hour, proctored examination.

Certified Security Salesperson (CSS)

To earn Certified Security Salesperson status, students must successfully complete two courses of study:

  • the Understanding Electronic Security Systems course and pass the proctored examination and,
  • the Security Sales Essentials course and pass 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.