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New VP of Training and Certification Benefits from Wide Range of Experience

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Monday, July 23, 2012

In June, ESA welcomed Rick Sheets to the staff as Vice President of Training & Certification. Sheets started in the security industry in 1992 as a technician assistant at a small alarm company. Since then, he has taken on a wide range of roles within the security industry such as sales, project management, engineering, operations, and licensing and compliance.

With extensive experience working in both small and large security companies, Sheets is a natural fit at ESA. His background will undoubtedly aid in the growth of ESA’s National Training School (NTS) in the coming years. Here is a brief question-and-answer session in which he outlines his vision for NTS, and discusses the need for quality training.

What's the strongest case to be made for electronic security companies to keep the knife away from the training budget?
Well-trained employees are likely to have higher morale and greater confidence when they feel prepared to meet the demands of their job. The more prepared employees feel, the more inclined they are to stay in the role rather than becoming frustrated and seeking other employment. Most employers would agree that it is expensive to recruit and hire new employees, not to mention the cost of loss in production.

You can only do so much when you’re interviewing a candidate. You never know who you hire until they are in front of your customers. With proper training, you will see increased efficiencies in processes, which will result in financial gain; increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods; increased innovation in strategies and products; and an enhanced company image that will create more opportunities in the future.

How can members get the most out of NTS training?
For employees, training isn’t just about getting required licenses or certifications. It’s about mastering the material so that you are better suited for advancement in your career. To get the most out of NTS training for employees, companies should implement a career path that utilizes NTS courses and certifications. A career path based on NTS training is win-win for both the employer and employee. By determining where your employees need improvement, you can determine what training would benefit your company the most.

Are the courses continually being updated?
The majority of NTS courses are updated on a three-year cycle in an effort to coincide with codes and standards updates as well as advancement in technology.

Will there be any new courses or certifications?
NTS is constantly evaluating courses and the need for additional courses. Currently, we are working on an advanced fire alarm course that will meet a Level 3 fire need in our industry. This knowledge-based course will provide professional fire design concepts mixed with project management skills, which will be a leap forward in fire education for our industry.

What can we expect from NTS in the future?
We are putting a lot of time and effort into growing NTS. One of our bigger projects is to make NTS a required and recognized certification and CEU source in additional jurisdictions. To do this, NTS will meet with regulators to introduce the National Apprenticeship Program (NAP), as well as NTS training and certification programs.

But here’s the bottom line: You will continue to see quality products delivered in a professional manner.

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