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NTS Certifications: What’s Available

Posted By Jason Unger, Thursday, September 22, 2011
After last month’s look over the online courses that are available to security integration professionals, let’s take a look at the Certifications offered by NTS: what they cover and how you get them.

NTS currently offers six certifications:
  • Certified Alarm/Security Technician (CAT) Level I
  • Certified Fire Alarm Technician (CFAT)
  • Certified Alarm Technician (CAT) Level II
  • Certified Service Technician (CST)
  • Certified Systems Integrator (CSI)
  • Certified Security Salesperson (CSS)
Let’s take a quick peek at how you achieve each certification.

Certified Alarm/Security Technician (CAT) Level I
Complete the Certified Alarm/Security Technician Level I course (or online equivalent) and pass the two-hour, proctored multiple-choice examination.

Certified Fire Alarm Technician (CFAT)
Hold a CAT I or higher certification for a minimum of 12 months and successfully complete both the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course (or online equivalent), and either the Life Safety Code course or the International Building Code course and pass each course’s proctored multiple-choice examination.

Certified Alarm Technician (CAT) Level II
Hold a CAT I or higher certification for a minimum of 24 months and successfully complete both the Advanced Intrusion Systems course (or online equivalent) and the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course (or online equivalent) and pass each course’s proctored multiple-choice examination.

Certified Service Technician (CST)
Hold a CAT I or higher certification for a minimum of 24 months and successfully complete Advanced Intrusion Systems (or online equivalent), Fire Alarm Installation Methods (or online equivalent) and Troubleshooting, Service and Maintenance, passing the proctored examination for each course.

Certified Systems Integrator (CSI)
Hold a CAT I or higher certification for a minimum of 36 months and successfully complete the Certified Alarm Technician course (or online equivalent), Fire Alarm Installation Methods (or online equivalent), Electronic Access Control (or online equivalent) and Video System Technologies (or online equivalent), passing the proctored examination for each course.

Certified Security Salesperson (CSS)
Complete the Understanding Alarm Systems course and the Essential Sales Training course and pass each course’s proctored multiple-choice examination. Those holding Certified Alarm Technician Level I certification status may earn Certified Security Salesperson status by attending and successfully completing the Essential Sales Training course and examination.

A certification is granted for a period of one year, and maintained by obtaining 1.2 continuing education units (CEUs) each year.

Tags:  Certifications  Mission Expanded  September 2011 

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