When beginning training at ESA’s
National Training School (NTS),
many students choose to start with the Certified Alarm Technician – (CAT) Level
I course – also
referred to as (CAT) Level I.
This 22-hour course, which is offered as instructor-led and online, gives
students the technical knowledge and skills to perform entry-level duties as
well as a foundation for pursuing future certifications.
To better help students
understand what courses are required for additional certifications, NTS has
developed a new Certification Road Map, which can be viewed and printed here. Here is an in-depth look at the advanced training opportunities
that students have after completing (CAT) Level I.
Certified Fire Alarm
Technician (CFAT) Level II Fire
Students seeking an
in-depth understanding of fire alarm installation and the related codes should
pursue the Certified Fire Alarm Technician status, also referred to as (CFAT) Level
II Fire. The prerequisites for Level II Fire include taking the courses and
passing the proctored exams for Level I, Fire Alarm Installation Methods (FAIM),
Life Safety Code (LSC) or International Building Code (IBC), and having at
least 24 months of field experience.
Here are the latest
listings for the courses needed to attain (CFAT) Level II Fire: FAIM, LSC, IBC
Additionally, students who
have at least 36 months of field experience and have attained the (CFAT) Level
II Fire certification are eligible to take NTS’ newest course Professional Fire
Alarm Design (PFAD). Upon completion of PFAD, students will earn the
designation of a Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) Level III Fire.
Find upcoming classes
for Level III Fire designation: PFAD
Certified Alarm Technician
- (CAT) Level II
The designation of Certified Alarm Technician – (CAT) Level II can be earned by
successfully completing (CAT) Level I, Advanced Intrusion Systems (AIS) and
FAIM courses and passing the proctored exams and having at least 24 months of
field experience. Students who meet these requirements will have a firm
understanding of the inner-workings of both intrusion and fire systems.
on the road to Level II with these instructor-led classes: AIS, FAIM
Students who successfully complete Level I, Advanced Intrusion Systems (AIS),
FAIM, Troubleshooting, Service and Maintenance (TSM) courses, pass the
proctored exams and have 24 months of field experience will achieve the
Certified Service Technician Status. Along the path to CST, students will
cultivate the skills required to design and maintain modern electronic life
Take the next steps to
achieve Certified Service Technician status: AIS, FAIM, TSM
To earn the status of Certified System Integrator (CSI), students must complete
Level I, Fire Alarm Installation Methods (FAIM), Electronic Access Control
(EAC), Video System Technologies (VST), pass each proctored exam and have at
least 36 months of field experience. Through this training, students will
develop an expanded knowledge of installation, service and maintenance of fire
alarm systems; understand the theory and practical application of locks, door
hardware and electronic access control; and be able to design and install a
basic closed circuit television system (CCTV).
the classes needed to become a Certified System Integrator: FAIM, EAC, VST
NTS strives to provide
education pathways that meet the needs of their students. No matter what
certifications students choose to pursue, they can rest-assured that they are
getting the most comprehensive, effective and available training in the
industry. To see a complete list of courses and certifications, click here.