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NTS Trainers Spill Their Tricks of the Trade

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Thursday, May 23, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Training can be tough for students – especially in the electronic security industry. ESA’s National Training School (NTS) has a reputation of being the most comprehensive and widely recognized training program in the industry, and for good reason. Between the mathematical formulas, codes and standards, and theories, NTS courses are no walk in the park. But, nothing worth doing is ever easy, right?

According to our most experienced instructors, there are a few ways to make your time as a student a little easier. Here are three senior NTS instructors’ top secret tips for being successful at NTS.

 


Joel Kent is president of Windsor, Conn.-based FBN Security and an NTS instructor.

Joel Kent, FBN Security


1. Get a good night’s sleep the night before.

2. Arrive early.

3. You should have no distractions during class. Cell phones should be off. Calls can be returned at breaks. You would not leave work to make a phone call to a friend; the class is your work assignment and nothing should interfere.

4. Pay attention and highlight your student manual. There is an open book test at the end, and while it is open book, your ability to pass the test is directly related to your ability to find what you need quickly.

5. At the end of each chapter ask yourself "What did I learn this past hour that I did not know?"

6. If you struggle with math problems, ask the instructor for help. They did not become experts by divine intervention. Each instructor sat where you are now and learned as you are learning. All of the NTS instructors would be happy to meet with you before or after class or during breaks to help you.

7. Pay attention to break times. If the instructor releases you for a 10-minute break, be back in your seat and ready to go within 10 minutes.

8. Listen to the discussions that take place during the presentation. Many times a student will make a point that has the instructor may not have considered.

9. Participate in discussions, but do not talk ill of a competitor or supervisor in the class. There is no place for complaining during class. Keep it positive and work to develop fresh ideas. Your instructor can offer suggestions as to how you can bring these ideas to your supervisor so that they are not threatened by your effort.

10. Have fun. This is a good break out of the daily routine at the office. You can meet with and learn from others in the industry.


 

 



Dale Eller is the owner of ITZ Solutions! and an active NTS instructor.
              

Dale Eller, ITZ Solutions!

1. Many students new who are new to the industry lack a fundamental knowledge of basic electronics or basic math skills.

Pre-training (books, online, etc.) can provide students with a solid foundation to understand what we are teaching them. Understanding Ohm's Law, resistor color codes and basic math skills can help them calculate current, voltage and resistance values in a circuit.

2. Many students don't know how to attend training. Basic seminars (1 hour long) and webinars are very passive learning opportunities. Training at NTS requires students to know how to take notes, highlight important references and tab applicable chapters in the course manuals.

They need to arrive on time and be alert. They should bring pencils, highlighters, page tabs and notebooks or note paper.

  

 



George Bish of Secure Automation is a long-time NTS instructor.

George Bish, Secure Automation

Learn the art of highlighting. Most students highlight too much. Only highlight key words or phrases not whole paragraphs.
      

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimately, your success at NTS is in your hands. By using these instructor-approved tips, you will get the most out of training and your career will benefit. Now, grab your highlighters and pencils and sign up for an NTS class near you today!

 

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