The Private Alarm Contractor licensing exam is offered twice a year, every September and March, by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
The next examination is scheduled for Wednesday, September 06, 2023. The deadline for submitting your application to Continental Testing Services is July 21, 2023. However, it is strongly recommended that you get your application into Continental Testing Services sooner than the deadline.
To be eligible for an Alarm Contractor license, all of the following must be true:
In addition, the Private Alarm Contractor license requires that the applicant possess a minimum of 3 years (out of the last 5 years) of qualifying full-time experience. The IDFPR considers a “year” to be at least 1,500 hours. Any combination of qualifying experience that totals 3 years will allow an applicant to sit for the examination.
The following experience will count toward the Private Alarm Contractor eligibility requirement:
If you clearly meet the eligibility requirements, complete and pay for the online application with Continental Testing Services. Then, register for our exam prep seminar below.
We offer a formal, 8-hour study-review session before the Alarm Contractor Exam.
This class has been retooled to cover all of the new topics and publications that now appear on the examination: NFPA 72, 730, 731, 101, and 70 as well as the Illinois Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Act and Rules. The review class will be held remotely and a Zoom invitation will be sent to you. You must have a good internet connection to participate in the live video conference, which will consist of lecture and PowerPoint slides.
Thursday, August 17 and
Friday, August 18, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
We have been providing Alarm Contractor preparation seminars for 17 years and have had over 415 successful alarm applicants pass the examination.
Although we cannot guarantee that any one individual will pass the examination on his/her first attempt, we do guarantee that anyone who takes our seminar and does not pass will be allowed to retake the seminar continuously as many times as necessary without charge until he/she passes provided they miss no more than two sessions in a row.
We will also provide additional one-on-one tutoring to those in need of additional help at no additional cost in order to ensure that those who take our class have the best possible chance of passing this exam.
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