In past issues we have shown you the importance of training through ESA’s National Training School
and taught you how to navigate the online student portal, My NTS
. Now, it’s time to talk about what happens after you take a course.
Here are two common mistakes students make after completing a course and how you can avoid them.
Mistake #1: Not scheduling an exam.
After you complete an online course, don’t neglect your proctored exam. Unlike an instructor-led course, an online course is not immediately followed by a proctored exam. To achieve certification, it is up to you to arrange your proctored exam and pass with a 70 or higher.
Fortunately, setting up a proctored exam is easy. Simply mail or fax a completed Online Course Proctored Exam Form
and $150 exam fee to NTS. Within 48 hours of receiving your form and payment, NTS will contact you to coordinate a time and place for you to take your exam.Mistake #2: Letting a certification become inactive.
But don’t put away your thinking cap just yet. In order to maintain an active certification after the initial 12-month period, NTS requires students to take 1.2 credits or 12 credit hours of NTS-approved Continuing Education Units (CEUs) each year. This helps ensure that students stay up-to-date within their trade and reinforces their knowledge in the many facets of electronic life safety systems.
Don’t worry: There are plenty of opportunities to earn CEUs at ESA events such as ESX and Leadership Summit, through NTS-approved courses listed in the CEU Catalog
or by participating in a number of industry-related activities such as:
• NTS Training via Chartered Chapters or national providers.
• College/university/trade school courses.
• Conferences, seminars, workshops, training sessions and teleconferences/webinars.
• Independent study.
• Licenses and certification.
• Published articles or books.
• Volunteer service.
If you have any questions about courses or activities that qualify for CEUs, please contact NTS at (888) 447-1689 before enrolling in a program.
At the time of renewal you must submit an NTS Certification Renewal Reporting Form
along with documentation of your CEUs. A new certificate will be provided to you by mail within 30 days.
Education is a lifelong journey, and NTS is here for you every step of the way. For more information about maintaining your NTS certifications, please contact your ESA Chartered Chapter or the NTS national office at (888) 447-1689.