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:Certifications
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.
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.
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 NTS@ESAweb.org