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What's Your Excuse for Lacking CEUs?

Posted By David Sumner, Friday, November 22, 2013
Updated: Monday, November 25, 2013

What's your excuse?

Come on, we know you have an excuse as to why you haven’t gotten your CEUs. To make things a little easier for you, just pick a number.

1. Didn’t have the time.

2. No way to get them where I live.

3. They cost too much.

4. I don’t know where to go to get them.

5. I can’t take the time off work.

6. (Insert your own here)

Everybody seems to have an excuse, but the truth is, they just haven’t been trying. It doesn’t take much effort to continue learning; all you need to do is look. Look where? Well, you deal or install a manufacturer’s equipment right? There is a good chance that they may provide courses online or taught by a representative that are eligible for CEUs. And most of the time, these courses are free.

When teaching classes, I always encourage my students to take courses from other manufacturers; not only for the CEUs, but to get familiar with another manufacturer's equipment as they may run across it in a service call or takeover. There is also the added benefit of knowing what else is out there.

Also check with your distributor for upcoming CEU offerings. Many distributors hold expos at their branches that include CEU classes. By attending these events, not only will you receive training, but you'll also get a free lunch.

ESA's National Training School (NTS) offers classroom and online courses that are a great value not only for the CEUs but also the price. All you have to do is look at the NTS website and see what courses are being offered near you. If the course you need isn't offered near you, call NTS; I bet they will do what they can to make it happen. (I know because I’ve seen them do it.)

When speaking with my students, I find most of them prefer instructor-led courses not only for the information that is presented, but also the valuable interaction with the other students and instructor. I have yet to teach a course where someone didn’t run a long-standing problem by me for a solution. I always enjoy these challenges; I get as much out of it as you do.

What if there aren't any classes in your area and your boss doesn’t want to send you away for one? NTS has you covered. Many of NTS' most popular courses are available online and can be taken at your own pace. This means you can start and stop as many times as you'd like and work on your courses whenever it's convenient for you.

If your state has an ESA Chartered Chapter, check with them to find out more information about upcoming classes. If your chapter is short on instructors, think about becoming one. It isn’t easy, but the rewards are great. I have enjoyed the time with my students and still hear from some.

Just like you, I have to get CEUs. So, buckle down and spend a few rainy days continuing your education -- you and your boss will be glad you did. And no more excuses.

About David Sumner

David Sumner has been an NTS Certified Instructor for four years and has more than 20 years of experience in the alarm/low voltage industry. His skill set spans from installation and service to management. Sumner is also a retired US. Army Aviator and can be reached at

Tags:  CEUs  NTS  training 

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