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New NTS Guidelines to Affect All Certification Holders this Fall

Posted By Michelle Yungblut, Monday, July 22, 2013


The ESA Education Committee and the training and certification department are excited to announce that the updated National Training School’s (NTS) Guidelines have been approved by the ESA Board of Directors. The revised document contains the major policies that ESA/NTS operates under and provides policy oversight to training providers, instructors, students as well as certification candidates and holders. The updates to the document were made to provide clarity to the policies and structure the NTS certifications so that they are easier to understand and maintain.

One of the most notable changes is how the new Guidelines will affect the renewal process for current NTS certification holders. Please note the following updates:


The requirements for obtaining certifications have been revised so that students may apply security industry work history  instead of waiting a specified time to obtain a new certification. For example, the Level II language now states, "To earn Level II, students must have held an ESA/NTS Level I or higher certificate for a minimum of 24 months or prove equal work history by work verification and successfully complete two courses of study: AIS and FAIM.” An acceptable method of verifying employment in the security industry may include providing pay stubs, industry license(s), industry certifications, or verification letter on company letterhead from employer.

Maintaining Certification
The requirements for maintaining an active certification have been revised and the continuing education requirements have been clearly specified. This includes new limitations on CEU courses that have not undergone accreditation by ESA/NTS.

Lapsed Certifications
If less than 36 months have passed since the lapse of an individual's certification, the student may renew their certificate by taking 12 CEUs for each year lapsed and paying a fee for each lapsed year. However, if the student's certification has lapsed more than 36 months, he or she will need to retake the primary course that led to the certification.

To ensure students have ample time to make arrangements for the revised renewal process, the implementation of the certification policies will be Sept. 1, 2013.

If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact ESA/NTS at or 888-447-1689.

Tags:  certifications  NTS Guidelines  nts news  renewal 

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