The security industry is going through a number of changes, from shifts in technology, like the death of POTS lines, to market changes, like the availability of police response, to the increasing adoption of lifestyle applications in addition to life safety services.
In a time of evolution, one thing is for sure: you can't afford to stick with the status quo. You need to stay informed and you need to know how your business is going to be affected.
While the courses taught by NTS are designed to be applicable to the entire industry and not one line or category of products, the changes occurring in the market require that you're constantly learning and staying up-to-date. That's why the Certifications offered by NTS must be renewed annually.
Certifications are renewed by accumulating Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which can be acquired by taking a number of courses throughout the year. CEU courses can focus on technology, business best practices and more. NTS Certifications require 1.2 continuing education units to be earned each year, the equivalent of 12 hours of instruction.
A number of vendors offering training opportunities that provide CEUs, and they can also be acquired during industry events, like June's Electronic Security Expo (ESX).
For the first time, ESA is now listing CEU opportunities on its website. You can view the whole list at the 2012 CEU Catalog here: http://www.esaweb.org/?page=ceucatalog
CEUS can also be obtained from:
- College/University/trade school courses
- Conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and teleconferences/webinars
- Independent study
- Licenses and certifications
- Published articles or books
- Volunteer service
While many states use NTS courses as the foundation of their licensing and certification programs, acquiring and renewing your state and municipal licenses varies depending on where you live -- so be sure to check that your CEU course is valid before investing the time.
If you have specific questions about whether a program provides acceptable CEUs, contact the NTS office.
NTS is currently offering a 10% discount on CEUs obtained through SecurityCEU (http://www.securityceu.com/). Simply enter the discount code "NTS1285" when signing up and you'll save on your renewal.
After you've completed the CEU-eligible programs, make sure you report your CEUs to NTS. You should keep copies of all paperwork to ensure everything is processed correctly.
Make sure you stay on top of your certifications! It's what differentiates your company and keeps you ahead of the curve when the market is changing.