Security Business

MAR 2019

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year period; in other jurisdictions, it may be a 36-hour requirement within a three-year timeframe. In most cases, it is the responsibility of the installer to self-report their fulfillment of CEU requirements. The motivation in requiring CEU training to maintain an active license is to produce competent, qualified and current security professionals. All things being equal, the idea of maintaining skills through quality education programs seems reasonable; however, in the world of alarm installer education, the quality of security training is as varied as the actual CEU requirements. Many times an organization desiring to become an authorized CEU provider only has to submit a form, an outline and a check – and their courses are approved. Never is the training reviewed to verify its quality and fulfillment of outlined CEU standards. This can lead to a maze of providers offering CEU training that is neither high in quality nor maintained on a regular basis. Before investing time and money in CEU training, here are some questions you should ask the provider: • Are instructors professional facilitators or just part-time trainers? • What instructional design methodology is used to develop content? • How often is course content updated? • Is the training built to standard? • Is online training compliant with the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) – a set of technical standards for eLearning software products? Another big concern is so-called industry certificate mills. These organizations are easy to spot – they claim to be small organizations, yet they offer an enormous training catalog; they make outrageous claims about course quality yet adhere to no design standards; and perhaps the biggest giveaway is they offer training content at an extremely reduced cost or even for free – but charge for “authorizing” CEUs or providing course certificates. The risk of an enterprise losing its investment in trained security staff to its competitors is real and often causes a circumspect approach to training. However, the reality is that the development of a security industry training system will increase the pool of industry expertise, reduce the risk of defection of valuable employees, foster a more open approach to training, and, in the end, create a more flexible workforce. ■ » Connie Moorhead is President of The CMOOR Group (www.cmoor.com), a provider of security training and education services. To request more info about the company, visit www.securityinfowatch.com/10546338. Run or Walk and Help Children in Need Join the Security 5K/2K at ISC West on April 11, 2019 at Sunset Park, Las Vegas as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary! All proceeds generated by the race will be contributed to Mission 500 to help children in crisis in the USA. Show your industry pride, have fun, stay healthy and help fight poverty in America! Ways to get involved: Sign up to run or walk • Create a team within your organization • Start a fundraising campaign • Sponsor the event • Volunteer Learn more and register at Security5K.com Supporting Families Across America Request information: www.SecurityInfoWatch.com/10487869

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