Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) National Training School has launched a valuable new tool to help employers with one of the biggest challenges faced when hiring new security technicians, gauging practical areas of proficiencies.

Gauging proficiency areas

Many other professions use skills assessments to verify computer or accounting expertise, for example, so the Electronic Security Association felt with the thousands of test questions we have available from our courses that we would have the perfect resource to create a tool to help hiring managers,” said Michelle Yungblut, Electronic Security Association’s Chief Knowledge Officer.

The tool consists of affordable, online aptitude tests, developed with input from industry subject matter experts over the past year and will measure a technician’s skill level on several core proficiencies that employers want when seeking to hire the best possible candidate.

Security technician assessment tool

Assessment exams are available in general, overall skillset, and in video surveillance, access control, fire and intrusion

Assessment exams are available in general, overall skillset, and in specialised areas, including video surveillance, access control, fire and intrusion. Upon completion of each assessment, employees will receive an outcome report that will weigh the test takers’ skills as beginner, intermediate or advanced.

These reports will also show areas of strengths and weaknesses so that managers are prepared to assign the employee tasks that match their skill level and design training programmes to enhance employee weaknesses as well as build upon their proficiencies.

ESA National Training School courses

We have eight different assessments, each of which is just 25 questions and takes about 30 minutes to complete, so the time needed is very minimal,” said Michelle Yungblut.

As with all ESA National Training School courses and training programmes, ESA members receive exclusive discounts. The assessment exams are now available for US$ 35 each for ESA members and US$ 49 each for non-members.