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As I See It: What is the Benefit of Licensing?

Posted By Joel Kent, Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Recently, I was talking to a friend about training courses, certification and licenses in a bordering state. I explained that the requirements for attaining licensing in that particular state are simple and suggested that he get the license. He replied with "But, what’s in it for me?”

That question left me speechless. This person was so shortsighted that he could not see that licensing would enable his expanding company to work legally in another state. Isn’t promoting licensing to keep the playing field level what we are all about? It’s our job to protect the public by ensuring that the people who install life safety and smart home systems are competent, qualified and skilled.

While not every state requires licensing, it’s still important to become well-versed in your trade. And, there are plenty of resources out there to ensure your team is knowledgeable and efficient in the work they do. Start with ESA’s National Training School. There are a range of courses to meet the needs of everyone on your team. Also, take advantage of manufacturer’s seminars as a training opportunity.

Education is the elixir to quench the thirst for knowledge. Or, as Galileo said, "Sapienta proper se ipsam appetendo,” which translates to "seek knowledge for its own sake.”

Joel Kent is a senior NTS Instructor and owner of Windsor, Conn.-based FBN Security Company.

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