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Vigilance Will Help Keep Effective Licensing Standards in Place

Posted By ESA Communications, Tuesday, December 18, 2012

State licensing standards must be upheld. Government Relations Director John Chwat predicts that as state legislatures begin to convene across the country early next year, there will be multiple new pieces of legislation that we must be aware of, engaged in, and responsive to. We cannot sit idly and watch as special interests and other entities try to adversely affect our industry.

ESA takes an active role in state legislation, and we will continue to keep you informed about any legislation that could potentially impact our industry or your business. Members always have access to our monthly State Legislative Report, which reviews activity nationwide on industry-related bills in every state. It’s a great way to stay on top of the latest developments.

Beyond that, our members and their state associations – with help from ESA – must ensure that we continue to uphold licensing requirements and that only qualified individuals are able to install and service electronic security systems.

Effective licensing requirements are important to our industry, since they promote the quality and integrity of installations that is so critical to our success. Strong licensing requirements ensure that background checks are performed on potential employees, and that proper training occurs before someone goes into the field to install or service systems. We believe these requirements are critical for all companies to meet.

It’s not too much to ask state legislatures to support these provisions, and to resist any attempts to weaken them. In fact, we believe these licensing standards are straightforward and are worthy of support from all of the stakeholders who want to ensure that security work is performed by quality individuals with the proper training.

We will continue to track legislation as it moves forward in the months ahead, and keep you informed. We’ll make specific suggestions regarding actions you can take, and encourage you and your fellow industry members to follow through at the state level. Together, we will make a difference.

Tags:  Chartered Chapters  licensing  state legislation 

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