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Online Training Caters to Students’ Personal and Professional Needs

Posted By Jeaneen Bengtson, Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Since 1985, ESA’s National Training School (NTS) has provided the most effective, comprehensive and available training in the industry. In an effort to make training even more attainable, NTS offers nearly every course online.

Here are three situations where online training is the most efficient education format.

Licensing requirements in your state have recently changed and you need to get a particular certification as soon as possible.
If it seems as though licensing requirements for professionals in the security industry are always changing, it’s because they are. No matter how often the regulations change, it’s vital that you stay current, and online training is a quick, efficient way to meet your particular licensing needs.* Online courses allow you to take the class in your free time instead of having to wait for a scheduled class and immediately assess your learning after completing a course. Once you have completed the course, simply schedule a proctored exam at a time and place that is convenient for you.

Inside Tip: While you may be able to blow through the modules with ease, don’t ignore warnings that you’re moving too quickly. Students who skip multiple pages will be locked out of training; this ensures that the student is taking time to comprehend the concepts. To re-activate the training, locked-out students must contact NTS during business hours.

You work in a state that does not have an ESA Chartered Chapter or your local Chartered Chapter hasn’t opted into NTS training.
There’s no doubt about it: When it comes to getting the best training from the most experienced instructors in the industry, ESA’s Chartered Chapters are the places to go. However, you don’t have to skip education just because you reside or conduct business in an area that doesn’t provide classroom training. Nearly every NTS class is offered online, and like its classroom counterpart, each online course requires an open-book proctored exam and is eligible for the same certifications.

Inside Tip: At the time of your training purchase, a course book that you can use on the proctored exam will be shipped to you by NTS at no additional charge. However, your proctored exam fee, which is $150, is not included in the price of online training. To set up an exam, simply complete the NTS Online Proctored Exam Registration form and NTS will contact you regarding payment as well as date and location preferences. NTS will make every effort to set up a proctored exam in a location that is nearby and works with your schedule. Forms can be submitted via email ( or fax (972-807-6883).

When it comes to training, you learn best in a self-paced or low-pressure environment.
Unlike a classroom course, online training gives you the power to replay sections or start and stop the course when it’s convenient. You have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course, online assessment test and proctored exam. Before qualifying for a proctored exam, you must pass an online assessment test with a score of 70 or above.

Inside Tip: While online courses are flexible with your schedule, it’s important to remember to save your progress when stepping away from your computer. After 10 minutes of inactivity the program will time-out without saving your stopping point. Upon your return, you will be asked to log back in and start that particular module from the beginning.

ESA member companies can save time and money when purchasing multiple online courses through the Power User Discount. The savings start at $250 and increase with each online course purchase. To take advantage of this member benefit, please contact ESA Training and Certification Sales Manager Pat Allen by email or by phone (800) 447-1689 ext. 6806.

Whether you need a certification in a hurry, you live in a state without NTS training, you learn best when the material is self-paced or if you simply prefer the convenience of taking training in your pajamas, online courses through NTS can provide the tools you need to maintain your proficiency in the industry.


*Please verify with NTS that online training is approved for licensing in your area  as some regulatory agencies have restrictions.

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