The auth servers will be up and down only to provide maintainence. You do not have to wait for a patch to save your training or for your points to be compiled. However, when the auth servers go down, you can not do the above, but are able to play.
They are getting better at posting in you personel jacket when the auth servers will be down and for how long. Also I recieve e-mails as should you making you aware of such information.