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Microlearning – What is that?
Microlearning is bite-sized learning. Small bursts of learning on the go. This enables better learner retention. Its short, flexible and can help with job development and performance!
Elite CEU Microlearning Offerings:
Based on a single concept or skill – our microlearning courses offer useful content that is accurate and relevant. These courses range from 2-4 minutes and can be easily accessed on mobile (or any) devices. These mini learning bits exist to supplement the full course, and are meant to be more of a study-aid. PLUS – they come along FREE with the purchase of any Soft Skills Course!
Nitty-gritty microlearning details:
Microlearnings are NOT mandatory to receive credit for your course. They simply are complimentary to any Soft Skills course purchase. After you purchase and complete a Soft Skills course, 3 free microlearning courses will be emailed to you individually in the subsequent weeks. Microlearning courses do not offer any state credit.
Currently, Elite CEU offers microlearning to accompany any Soft Skills course. However, we will be rolling out microlearning on our technical courses within this year.
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Soft Skills —What are they?
Quite plainly, soft skills are interpersonal attributes you need to succeed in the workplace. More obviously, they are skills that most people lack. In our over complicated digital world, its nice to have help with how to interact with others, the ability to communicate with prospective clients, mentor your coworkers, lead a team, negotiate a contract, follow instructions, and get the job done on time.
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Soft Skills —What are they?
Quite plainly, soft skills are interpersonal attributes you need to succeed in the workplace. More obviously, they are skills that most employees lack. In our over complicated digital world, new employees need help with how to interact with others, the ability to communicate with prospective clients, mentor their coworkers, lead a team, negotiate a contract, follow instructions, and get the job done on time.
Your Money – Your Brand’s Life
We have over 25 hours of Soft Skill Content (all brand-new courses) that will offer real-world practical scenarios that train them for your business’ experiences! These courses will help train your employees to build relationships, and complement their hard-skills!
️ Develop deeper skills.
️ Advance their career.
️ Save valuable time.
️ Be more confident.
️ And, last but not least, crush imposter syndrome for good.
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We have even taken out some guess work for you, check out these new Packages including Hard & Soft Skills Courses:
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Fire Risk at Night
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), 80% of all fire deaths in North America are the result of home fires. And according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 51% of all deaths from residential fires occur from 11 pm to 7 am, when most people are sleeping. And because most house fires are preventable, we felt that it’s important to share as much helpful information as we can to help you and your family to stay safe.
Fire Fatalities Statistic
Source: International Association for Fire Safety Science
Fire Safety Facts
FEMA found in in 2017 that 3,400 Americans died in fires and over 14,670 were injured.
It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major fire. In 5 minutes a fire can get so hot that everything in the room ignites at once, which is called a scorchover.
Fires start bright, but quickly produce black smoke and can make it impossible to see and make you lost in your own house.
Fire’s heat is a killer as inhaling super hot air (which can get to 600 degrees or more) can scorch your lungs and burn skin.
The smoke and toxic gas kill more people than flames. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths with 3 deaths from inhaling smoke to every 1 death from burns. Breathing in even small amounts of smoke and toxic gas can make you drowsy, disoriented, and short of breath.
According to the American Red Cross, home fires are most common in December and January, and on Saturdays and Sundays.
Children under 5 and adults over 65 are most likely to die in a home fire.
What are the Most Common Causes of Fires?
According to FEMA, the 7 most common causes of fires are:
Cooking – 50.3%
Heating (such as furnaces, hot water heates, etc.) – 9.6%
Carelessness – 6.6%
Electrical malfunction (damaged cords, overloading outlets, etc.) – 6.5%
Open flame (bonfires, fireplaces, candles, etc.) – 4.3%
Arson – 4.2%
Appliances – 3.6%
Where Do Most Fires Start?
Kitchen – the most common cause is the stove.
Bedroom – many bedroom fires start due to smoking in bed.
Chimney – the buildup of creosote on the inside of chimneys is flammable and causes many fires.
Living room – common causes of fires in the living room include smoking, sparks from the fireplace lighting nearby objects such as blankets or a Christmas tree.
Laundry room – lint buildup inside of the dryer is the most common cause of laundry room fires.
Outside – grills that are too close to flammable materials such as overhanging trees and decks are the cause of most outside fires.
Attic – FEMA states that the leading cause of attic fires is electrical malfunction.
The Most Important Steps in Fire Security
There are a lot of things you can do to protect yourself and your family from fire, but there are two things that are the most important (one is free and the other isn’t cheap).
Close Your Bedroom Door
The number one thing you can do to increase fire safety while you sleep is close your bedroom door. According to the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), when a fire spreads, a closed door will keep a room under 100 degrees. An open door can cause the room to heat up over 1,000 degrees. Closing the door prevents feeding the fire with oxygen. In fact, it’s recommended that if you have to leave your home due to a fire, close your doors if possible to slow the spread. Metal door handles can be extremely hot during a fire, so it’s recommended to push them closed with your feet (with shoes on).
The FSRI’s “Close Your Door” initiative was the result of over 10 years of research. Closing your door not only reduces the ability of the fire to spread but also reduces toxic smoke levels, improves oxygen levels, as well as decreases temperatures. And because of synthetic materials, furniture, and construction, fire spreads faster than before. 40 years ago, you had on average 17 minutes to escape. Now it’s 3 minutes.
Home Fire Sprinkler System
Though it may be cost-prohibitive for many people, installing a home sprinkler system can save lives. According to the NFPA, home sprinkler systems reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 80% and fire damage by 97%. Smoke detectors are very important, but they do nothing to suppress a fire. Home sprinklers will both alert you, help suppress the fire, and give you and your family valuable to time to get out of the house if need be. California, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. require all new one and two family homes to have sprinkler systems.
Consider that you have on average 3 minutes to get all of your family members out of the house once a fire starts, and that if you’re in the deep sleep phase of sleep where many people will take a while to wake up to the sound of the smoke detector. And if you’re a deep sleeper, or if you’ve been drinking that night or really tired, your decision-making skills and reaction times once you wake up to a smoke alarm may be slower than normal, which reduces the amount of time you have to get your family out. And it’s possible that even if you test your smoke alarms every month, the batteries can die in between testings. Home sprinkler systems give you a powerful additional layer of protection.
If you have someone living in your house who isn’t mobile (the very young, old, bedridden, and wheelchair users), and can’t escape quickly even if they hear a smoke alarm, a sprinkler system is a really smart option.
Home sprinklers work by activating when the air temperature above fire rises. They also emit a loud sound alerting occupants.
Sleep Fire Safety Infographic – Start Sleeping
Cost vs. Benefit of Home Sprinkler
The drawback of a home sprinklers is the cost. According to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the average cost of a home sprinkler system is $1.35/square foot.
1,000 sq. ft. home=$1,350
2,000 sq. ft. home=$2,700
3,000 sq. ft. home=$4,050
Home sprinklers aren’t cheap, but when you consider the benefits, they make a lot of sense:
reduce the amount of toxic gas created by synthetic items that have caught fire
reduce the amount of smoke damage to your home
reduce property loss on average by 70%
use 400x less water than fire and emergency services, reducing damage to your home
average reduced home insurance costs of 7%, and going as high as 13%
74% of U.S. homeowners consider a home with sprinklers more valuable
Myths About Home Sprinklers
“Newer homes are safer and sprinklers aren’t necessary.” Newer homes in some ways are more dangerous because of their lightweight construction, furniture made of combustible materials, and their wide open spaces.
“When one sprinkler goes off, all of them go off.” 85% of the time only one sprinkler activates during a fire.
“A little bit of smoke will activate the sprinkler and ruin items in the house.” Sprinklers are activated by heat of between 135 and 160 degrees, not by smoke.
“Home sprinklers are ugly and intrusive.” You can get concealed sprinklers that are a flat plate that open up in the case of a fire. The sprinkler isn’t visible and the average person would have no idea what it is.
Fire Prevention Tips
There are many things you can do to increase your fire safety while you sleep.
Install smoke alarms in bedrooms and hallways throughout your home. 65% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. Make sure everyone in your home (especially children) knows how they sound and what to do when they hear it.
Install both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, or units with both.
Test smoke alarms every month.
Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once per year, unless you’re using 10-year lithium batteries.
Replace smoke alarms every 8 years, or according to the instructions.
Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking.
Use monitored smoke alarms in case of a fire when you’re not home. A monitored smoke alarm will let a monitoring center know if there’s a fire and alert emergency responders.
Keep a fire extinguisher on every level of your home. As most home fires start in the kitchen, keep one in your kitchen that’s not near the stove as if there’s a fire, you may not be able to get to it. Also keep one in the garage, laundry room, and each bedroom. Make sure all of your family members know how to operate them, and know when to replace or recharge them.
For grease fires, only use a fire extinguisher class B or baking soda. Don’t use water at it will spread the fire.
When cooking, don’t wear loose-fitting clothes, and roll up your sleeves.
Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove while cooking.
Do a nightly check to make sure the stove is turned off, curlers and other appliances (such as irons) are turned off. Never use a stove to heat your home.
Fireplaces, Matches, Grills
Keep matches out of reach of children.
Keep flammable items away from anything that’s hot, such as space heaters. This includes rags, chemicals, papers, and any other items that can easily ignite.
Put barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from anything flammable, including nearby trees, siding, and wooden decks.
The leading cause of home fire deaths in the US is smoking. Never smoke in bed, when tired or on medication, and only smoke outside (especially if someone in the home is on oxygen).
Never leave a burning candle or incense unattended.
Use a glass fireplace guard to prevent sparks coming out of your fireplace and igniting nearby carpets, blankets, or dog beds.
Keep Christmas trees away from the fireplace.
If your power goes out, use flashlights, the flashlight on your cell phone, or battery-operated candles for light, not candles.
Don’t run wires under rugs.
Portable generators should never be used indoors.
Use only lab-approved electric blankets.
Turn off portable heaters when you go to sleep.
Make sure your furnace and stove are in good working order. Have them checked periodically as many home fires are started by poorly maintained furnaces and stoves.
Don’t run your washer or dryer when you’re not home in case there’s an issue.
Don’t ever use frayed extension cords.
Never overload outlets with multiple extension cords.
If you have exposed wires or loose plugs, have an electrician take care of these issues.
Have a fire escape plan with your family and practice it twice a year. Every family member can be assigned specific roles because you have on average 3 minutes to get out of your house. Ideally, every room should have 2 escape routes.
Use quick release devices on barred windows and doors.
Have a family emergency communication plan to make sure everyone know who to contact in case family members can’t get in contact with each other.
As part of your emergency fire plan, have a designated meeting place outside of your home to make sure that everyone is safe.
Make sure your house number is readable from the street, especially at night.
Other Fire Prevention Tips
Get your chimney cleaned regularly to prevent the buildup of creosote.
Clean your home vents once per year as they can have a buildup of particles that are flammable.
Dryer lint is the main cause of laundry room fires, so clean your dryer filter after each use.
Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required to be more fire-resistant.
Never leave a glass bowl on a wooden deck. The sun’s rays can act as a magnifying glass and cause the wood to catch fire.
Only use fireworks at a far distance from your home.
Keep a flashlight in every room. If there’s lots of black smoke in the house, it can be very difficult to see and it’s common that people get lost in their own house. Flashlights can also be used to signal firefighters if you get pinned in a room and you’re unable to get out.
Action Plan in Case of Fire
If a fire occurs in your home, get out immediately and call for help. Once you’re out, stay out.
If there’s a lot of smoke, stay low to the floor until you’re out.
If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll. If you can’t, use a blanket or towel to smother the flames.
If you see smoke or fire in your first escape route, use the second escape route.
If you have to exit through smoke, crawl on the floor to get out as the air 6 feet off of the ground could be 500 degrees or more and the air near the floor could be 100 degrees.
If you have to escape through a closed door, feel the door before you open it. Don’t touch the handle first as metal can be very hot. If the door isn’t warm, open it slowly. If the door is warm, use a secondary escape route.
If all of your escape routes are blocked, place a rolled up towel under the door and keep the door closed and open a window. Then use a brightly colored fabric or flashlight to call for help.
If you’re on the second floor and you’re trapped, exit through the window with bedding material you can use to break your fall if you have to jump.
If you have to exit through a window and it won’t open, break the glass and use bedding, towels, or clothes to line the inside edge of the window so you don’t get cut when you exit.
If you get burned, after you escape use cool water on the wound for 3-5 minutes, then cover with a clean, dry cloth until you receive medical attention.
After a Fire
Check with the fire department to make sure it’s safe to reenter your home.
Don’t reconnect utilities yourself. The fire department will let you know if they’re safe to use.
Contact a disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross if you need temporary housing, food, or medicine.
Contact your insurance company for instructions on how to conduct an inventory on your belongings. Don’t throw away damaged items until after you make the inventory.
Save your receipts for any money spent related to the fire, which you may need to provide to the insurance company.
Let your mortgage company know about the fire.
Pet Fire Safety
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 fires are started every year by pets. Many of these fires can be prevented by taking a few precautions.
Never leave open flames unattended, including candles and fireplaces. Cats are known to knock over candles with their tails.
Remove stove knobs or cover them well when you leave the house, and don’t leave food unattended on the stovetop. The stove is the number one way that pets start fires.
Keep pets away from areas where they could start a fire.
Secure loose wires that your pet may chew on which can cause fires.
When you practice fire evacuations, take your pet with you. Make sure your dog is trained to come when you call. As cats aren’t as responsive, know their hiding spots so you can find them quickly.
Invest in a pet safety decal alert that you place in one of your front windows so firefighters can see how many pets and what kind of pets you have. It’s also advised to keep pets near entrances so firefighters can find them more easily.
Make sure their collars have updated contact information.
Keep leashes, collars, and pet carriers near the exit. If you have to leave the house due to a fire, there will be chaos and it can be difficult to keep your animal from running away. Keep a familiar smelling blanket in the pet carrier to reduce your animal’s stress if there’s a stressful event such as a fire.
If there’s a fire and you can’t find your animal, leave the house and leave a door open so they can escape.
Have a bag of food ready in case of an emergency where they won’t be able to eat for a while.
If you can’t stay in your home due to a fire, find out what local hotels accept pets. If you can’t find a place for them, arrange a place to stay for your pets if pets aren’t allowed where you’ll stay.
Kid’s Fire Safety
According to FEMA, children set 35,000 fires annually. There are several reasons that children will experiment with fire. Many are curious about fire, while for others it can be a sign of deeper issues such as a cry for help, thrill-seeking, mental or emotional issues, or a willful intent to cause destruction.
Kid’s Fire Safety Facts
According to the NFPA:
Younger children tend to find a hiding spot inside the house (a closet, under a blanket, or a place that they won’t easily be discovered) to play with a lighter or matches
Older children tend to experiment with fire outdoors
In 50% of the fires started by children, lighters were the source of the fire
83% of home fires and 93% of outside fires are started by males
40% of fires started by children happen in their bedroom
Between 2005 and 2009 it’s estimated that fires started by children have caused $286 million per year in direct property damage with 110 civilian deaths
There are a few things that parents can do to prevent their children from playing with fire.
Hide all matches, lighters, and any other firestarters. It’s best to keep these items locked away.
Educate your children about the dangers of playing with fire, including harm to themselves, their pets, home, and family. Tell them to give to you any matches or lighters that they find.
Practice stop, drop, and roll if any part of their clothes catch fire, as well as crawling on the floor in case there’s smoke in the house.
Make sure they know the sound of the smoke alarm and what they need to do, as well as the 2 escape routes from each room in the house.
Include them in fire emergency training. Depending on their age, you can give them a specific job so they can feel they’re part of keeping your home and family safe.
Teach your children not to hide from firefighters.
How to Do Home Fire Drills with Your Children
Have everyone go to their rooms and wait for the sign. You go to a smoke alarm and test it, and press start on your stopwatch. It’s everyone’s job to get out of the house in under 2 minutes safely, and meet in a previously agreed upon meetup spot that’s not too close to your home, but still on your property. Once you get to the meetup spot, simulate calling 911. If anyone has specific jobs, such as getting any animals out of the house, make sure they did their job.
You can then do a second round which is practicing what to do in case there’s lots of black smoke in the house. As the smoke and heat is much worse at standing height, member practice crawling out of the home. If it takes any member more than 2 minutes, try again.
It’s also a good idea to practice fire drills when it’s dark.
Other good things to review are:
the 2 exits from every room in the house
discuss fire safety facts, such as where most fires start, and then go through your house and ask them to look for potential fire starters (such as the Christmas tree to close to the fire, or a towel too close to the stove)
quiz them about whether it’s safer to keep bedroom doors open or closed
if they’re old enough, you could simulate using a fire extinguisher, and review where all of your fire extinguishers are stored
stop, drop, and roll if any part of their clothes catch on fire
If you have younger children, you can take turns with who presses the smoke alarm, or who starts the timer. You could also give prizes for who gets out of the house the fastest (but still safely), or to everyone who makes it out in less than 2 minutes.
Fire Safety Resources
There are several great resources for preventing and dealing with home fires:
American Red Cross
U.S. Fire Administration (FEMA)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Sparky (fire education for children)
Home Fire Drill Day
As of September 1st, 2019, S.B. 616 will go into effect, changing key aspects of the Texas Security Industries long standing licensing rules and regulations. All Alarm Salespersons, Branch Office Managers, Employee of License Holders, Security Consultants, Security Salespersons, and Guard Dog Trainer registrations will expire and a pocket card will no longer be required for these registrations. These licenses will no longer be regulated and the State will no longer record applications, renewals or update employee information. While applications currently submitted will be processed and security professionals are expected to remain in compliance with the current rules through August 31st, as of September 1st the option to apply for the affected licenses will no longer be available. Applications that have not completed will be abandoned. Unspecified Texas license endorsements and registrations will not be affected and the licensing requirements will remain the same.
For detailed information regarding these new regulations, please visit the “New Legislation” page of the Texas Department of Public Safety website.
To understand how security control panels evolved from a collection of batteries and mechanical relays to today’s electronic marvels, we need to follow the path of 1’s and 0’s the language of computers.
One might assume that the hardware existed before the software, but the truth is that each has spurred the development of the other. The first version of windows was slow and clunky and almost unusable, hastening the development of computer hardware needed to support it.
The first significant improvement in alarm control panels occurred when transistor circuits replaced mechanical relay panels. This reduced power consumption and dramatically increased the reliability of alarm controls. Functionally speaking, the new panels operated in much the same way as the relay panels, just better.
This progression continued with the introduction of integrated circuits which placed hundreds of transistors on a silicon chip the size of your little finger, multiplying the capability of transistorized panels many times.
Prior to the introduction of integrated circuits, alarm control operations were limited to a kind of caveman logic, which went something like this:
Alarm on ? Circuit open ? Ring bell.
There are not much in the way of programmable options here.
As integrated circuits evolved, they became programmable. It became possible for technicians to program system parameters and logic in a much broader way. For example, it became possible to instruct the system to delay x seconds after activating before arming (to allow entry and exits), to delay y seconds after an alarm before transmitting an alarm signal (to allow cancellation), and to deactivate the annunciator after z minutes (to comply with noise regulations). You could also program other parameters like the response speed of individual alarm zones, the assignment of always-on emergency circuits, and fire alarm circuits; each triggers different sounds and outputs.
Integrated circuits have also changed how alarm systems communicated with third-party monitors. Previously, tape dialers were the only communication option available to homeowners and small businesses. Unfortunately, they were notoriously unreliable. Tapes would unexpectedly break, and emergency messages were often garbled, leaving customers in the lurch. Voice messages were also slow, and when they did work, they took several minutes to communicate an emergency.
These would be replaced by processor controlled digital communicators that transmitted a clear coded signal to a monitoring facility in a matter of seconds. Early digital communicators were very primitive by today’s standards and were “programmed,” using a series of jumper wires, to instruct the hardware to perform different operations.
Although not apparent at the time, we (alarm technicians) were becoming programmers, providing instructions to an ever-increasing array of electronic processors that set control panel parameters and logic.
It would be several years before alarm control manufacturers added a computer port that allowed a technician to program all parameters of the control panel and dialer via a local or remote computer, but progress was relentless. Jumpers were eventually replaced with keypads, keypads with computer keyboards, and keyboards with phone apps.
Conclusions and predictions:
Today’s alarm control panels are computers in every sense of the word, expanding programmable options, a world apart from their primitive descendants. Control panels can be programmed to initiate complex logical sequences, linking the operation of alarm systems, electronic locks, home energy management, and endless other user services. With embedded artificial intelligence and deep learning, they will, in all likelihood, learn to program themselves in the future to best serve the needs of their users.
A Guide to CCTV Lighting:
Part I: Essentials
The human eye and a CCTV imaging device have certain functionalities in common. Both are capable of receiving light reflected from an object, and both translate that light into a usable image. However, the scene illumination must be of sufficient intensity for that image to be intelligible.
We’ve all had the experience of looking at an object in dim light; the darker it gets, the more difficult it is to recognize the finer features of that object. The same is true of a CCTV camera.
But this is where the similarity ends. Unlike the human eye, CCTV cameras are available in a variety of configurations, each with a unique range of light sensitivities. This includes their response to different intensities and frequencies of light.
Camera response to different lighting frequencies
Different light sources elicit different responses from CCTV cameras. In the following table, we explore the advantages and disadvantages of various CCTV light sources.
|Tungsten/halogen lamps (white light)||Accurate color response||Costly to operate|
|Metal halide & fluorescent (white light)||Accurate color response, more energy efficient||Relatively short operational life.|
|High-pressure sodium lamps (yellow light)||Performs well with black/white cameras||Poor performance with color cameras – inability to distinguish colors|
|Infrared illumination||Black/white cameras have good IR sensitivity,||Poor color rendition. May reverse light/dark in b/w cameras|
|LED lamps (white light)||Very low energy consumption. Long life. Excellent color rendition. Even illumination.||High cost per sq ft of illumination|
A typical camera specification states the minimum scene illumination required to produce a usable video image. Illuminations specification are measured in Lux.
If the Lux value of ambient lighting is insufficient to support the camera operation, supplemental lighting would be needed. Most environments, especially outdoor, are subject to extreme day/night and weather related changes, requiring some form of supplemental lighting.
Here are some typical Lux levels found indoor and outdoor environments:
- 50,000 Lux: Sunlight
- 10,000 Lux: Daylight
- 1,000 Lux: Overcast day
- 500 Lux: Indoor office
- 100 Lux: Dark day
- 1 Lux: Twilight
- 0.0001 Lux: Overcast night
The calculation for the Lux output of supplemental lighting can be expressed by a simple formula:
Camera requirements in lux, minus available level of ambient lighting in Lux equals lux level of supplemental lighting required.
Here is a summary of the process to be followed when choosing luminaries to supplement camera operation.
Step 1 – Define each camera view.
Step 2 – Measure existing illumination levels at different times and locations within the scene using a light meter.
Step 3 – Choose luminaries required to increase ambient light from its current level to the level specified for each camera.
Step 4 – Adjust camera AGC (automatic gain control), BLC (backlight compensation), and iris control to regulate the amount of light reaching the camera image sensor to prevent underexposure, overexposure, flaring and other distortions.
Neither all cameras nor all luminaires are created equal. Each exhibits unique operating characteristics. Designing an effective CCTV lighting system requires the correct matching of luminaires and camera imaging devices for a particular application.
Elite CEU offers additional learning opportunities for those who wish to know more about design and implementation of CCTV systems. Click this link to explore available courses. www.eliteceu.com
 Simon Lambert BSc (Hons), R. (2018). CCTV Lighting Guide – IFSEC Global | Security and Fire News and Resources. [online] IFSEC Global | Security and Fire News and Resources. Available at: www.ifsecglobal.com/cctv-lighting-guide
 Networkwebcams.co.uk. (2018). Some Important Facts and Tips About Security Cameras and Minimum Illumination. [online] Available at: www.networkwebcams.co.uk/blog/2010/12/14/tips-facts-advice-security-cameras-minimum-illumination/
The Texas 2019 Legislative Session is building to have a direct impact on the Texas Security Industry. From SB616 / HB1530 moving oversight from the Texas Department of Private Security to the Texas Department of Licensing of Regulation to SB1004 / HB1141 which is looking to circumvent NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code as code for installing electrical systems and instead move approved POE work from the Security Industry to the Electrical Industry.
The TBFAA (Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association) has worked hard to ensure its members are aware of these bills and the effect they can have on both licensed individuals and security companies in Texas.
Below we offer a synopsis of each bill and a link to the TBFAA’s stance on these specific issues.
Synopsis: These Bills are a result of the sunset commission report. It impacts Texas Occupations Code 1702 (Texas Private Security Act) in 3 critical areas as previously cited by the TBFAA to the sunset commission.
- Bill converts the Private Security Board to an Advisory Committee
- Eliminates the Licensed Manager;
- Eliminates the Security Sales License.
Synopsis: These bills would, if enacted, allow certain municipalities to provide alarm system services.
Synopsis: This bill alters Occupations Code that results in limits that circumvent the descriptions of class 2 and class 3 circuits defined by the National Electrical Code. The Bill will prevent many Security Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Access Control, and PoE devices from being installed by anyone other than a TDLR licensed Electrician.
Elite CEU works to ensure that our students are kept informed of their licensing requirements. This applies to both the courses you need and the time by which they must be completed. This breaks down the list of upcoming (2019) renewals dates and requirements.
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Montana Fire Alarm Installers must renew their private licenses annually by May 31st. Applicants are required to show proof of a minimum of eight (8) hours of education before renewing their license. Remember, excess hours may be carried over to the proceeding year.
New Jersey security professionals licensed under the New Jersey Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith Advisory Committee must complete their required coursework by the statewide renewal of August 31st. During the triennial cycle:
One (Single/1)License must earn 24 total credits
Two (Dual/2) Licenses must earn 38 total credits
Three (Triple/3) Licenses must earn 52 total credits
While only 10 hours of coursework can be completed online per license, Elite CEU offers hundreds of hours of approved coursework to assist our students. Don’t forget your New Jersey Mandatory courses, as these must be completed every renewal period.
Alarm professionals holding an Iowa Alarm License must renew their licenses on September 30th. Licenses are issued for a three year term and are specific to the individual. Hours required are dependent on the license held.
In Wichita, Kansas Master Alarm Certificate issued by the City will expire 12/31 of each odd-numbered year. There is a $20 processing fee to obtain a City of Wichita Alarm certificate to allow a Technician to work. There are no continuing education requirements at this time.
The following courses have recently been approved in the state of Tennessee. Click the links to access the courses or view our interactive map to learn more.
|Newly Approved 2hr LSC Course|