Membership (Regular & Associate)
Regular WAESA Membership (Voting) shall be open to any company, partnership, firm or corporation primarily and currently in the business of design, installation, maintenance or monitoring of burglar alarms, fire alarms, cameras, access control, structured cabling, AV, integration, door locks and any other low voltage systems and in the possession of appropriate and current licenses and/or certificates as required by law.
Associate WAESA Membership (Voting) shall be an individual, partnership, school, firm or corporation who is engaged in supplying services or products to the industry or who is acceptable to the association but is not otherwise qualified for regular membership. This membership will enjoy the same privileges and voting rights as a regular membership.
Important WAESA Announcement
Changes in the relationship with ESA effective January 1, 2020
In June of 2019, the Electronic Security Association announced the sun-setting of its State Chapter relationships.
What does this mean to our members? You will have the choice to join WAESA, ESA or both organizations. You will receive separate invoices from WAESA and ESA. You will no longer be required to pay both memberships.
What benefits can WAESA offer? Along with the WAESA Benefits, the WAESA Board of Directors voted to maintain a relationship with ESA. This will enable WAESA the ability to offer our members a discount on all NTS classes and to offer a 10% discount on the SARRG Insurance Program. Several of our members are currently saving money on this great insurance.
WAESA will continue to advocate for our industry. We will continue to promote strong relationships with the fire and police departments. We will continue to provide events that cover the most current issues in our industry.
Over the next year, the WAESA name will have to change. We will no longer have the right to use ‘ESA” or have Electronic Security Association in our name as it has been trademarked by ESA. We will be the same association that has served the State of Washington over the past 3 plus decades, we will just have a new name.
We thank you for your loyalty in the past and look forward to a continued relationship in the future. As far as the state association is concerned, nothing has changed.
Benefits of WAESA Membership (Events & Accomplishments of WAESA)
- Monthly meetings with relevant speakers
- Annual Fire and Security Symposiums which include panels with local fire jurisdictions, nationally recognized speakers, and presentations on current local topics
- Annual Golf Tournament where part of the proceeds go to fund scholarships for children of Law Enforcement and Fire Service Personnel.
- Information on all Alarm Ordinances in Washington and an Alarm Response Manager who educates all Jurisdictions who are considering new ordinances or changing existing ones on best practices for false alarm reduction.
- Successfully achieving an extension for the sun-setting of Scan Alert from 30 days to 6 months
- Successfully worked with 16 jurisdictions to create or modify alarm ordinances
- Continuing to work with state legislators on sales tax on monitoring.
- Worked with fire officials to get an extension on the NICET II deadline and worked with the SBCC who approved the NTS CFAT Equivalent to NICET effective 7/1/19
- Discounted rates for members for the symposiums and meetings.
While our efforts benefit all of the Low Voltage companies in the state, to continue to have a viable alarm association and to continue working on the industry issues, we need your ideas, your experience, and your participation. Please consider membership today.
WAESA has Partnered With ESA to Provide the Additional Benefits (WAESA Members will receive discounts on both programs)
Quality Training and Certification
As the leading provider of classroom, online courses and certifications for the evolving security and life safety industry, the ESA National Training School is the definitive source for training and certification. By taking advantage of the courses offered, event seminars, educational programs and webinars, you will set your company apart from your competition.
WAESA is pleased to offer the NTS CFAT Level II and Level III Certifications that are approved as the equivalent to the NICET requirement in Washington State effective July 1, 2019. Please visit our training web page for more information on the NTS CFAT, NTS classes approved for CEU’s in Washington State, and for additional classes offered by NTS.
The security industry requires special insurance coverage. The association provides access to commercial liability professionals with industry expertise that not only understand your business but strive to save you money.
Security America Risk Purchasing Group is a general liability/errors and omissions insurance program tailored specifically to meet the needs of electronic life safety and security integrators. The program is available to WAESA members and more often than not, the cost of membership is offset by the savings members receive from switching to Security America Risk Purchasing Group.
Networking and Groups
One of the best ways to build your business is to develop new relationships and cultivate existing ones. These contacts can provide you with additional resources to expand your business beyond your current boundaries by helping you with new ideas, services, counsel and labor.