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What Does it Take to Become an NTS Instructor?

Posted By ESA Communications, Thursday, April 13, 2017

The ESA training program has been around for over 30 years and has experienced tremendous growth and recognition since its inception. This would not be possible without one of the program’s most valuable assets – its instructors.

NTS Instructors are not only utilized to instruct our 35 different core courses and CEU courses, but are also key contributors to updating courses, developing new courses, and contributing to our test banks. Today we have 60 active instructors from around the country. Sounds like a lot, but considering that ESA’s National Training School teaches close to 7,000 students a year — it truly isn’t that many. Because of this, we are always on the lookout for new instructors who have a passion for the electronic security and life safety industry.

Great instructors are those who have a passion for sharing information and are skilled at communicating that information. We are looking for instructors who can teach our Certified Alarm Technician course, and also those that specialize in fire, video, access control, or network communication systems.

So, if you have a passion to teach others, we would love to hear from you. NTS Certified Instructors are independent subcontractors who can be paid for their services. The ESA Education Committee, and in particular the Instructor Subcommittee, governs the Instructor certification process and they have established a very thorough vetting process for people to become certified NTS Instructors. With the large role instructors have in the NTS program, they feel it is extremely important that instructors are well qualified and committed to the program.

The first step in the process is for the instructor candidate to hold at least one active NTS Certification. Once an instructor candidate has an active certification they are then required to submit an extensive application and be interviewed by the Instructor subcommittee chair. Once this vetting process is complete the candidate then takes an instructor’s exam that centers around the topics they will be teaching.

If the exam is passed with an 80% or higher, the final step is to student teach two NTS courses alongside an experienced instructor. Although the process seems arduous and lengthy, most candidates can complete it in two to three months.

It also ensures that the candidate is familiar with the content and has the confidence to teach the course independently.

There are particular regions of the country where NTS and our Chapters are in need of instructors. These include New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Texas, and the southeastern states. If you, or someone you know has the passion and knowledge to share with others please direct them to the ESA/Instructor Information page to learn more or reach out to the NTS team at NTS@ESAWeb.org

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