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Alarm Contractor License Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an Alarm Contractor license, all of the following must be true:

  • Minimum 21 years of age.
  • No felony convictions in the last 10 years.
  • Not currently suffering from alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Possess good moral character.
  • Not been dishonorably discharged from the military.

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:

  • A 4‑year degree or higher in electrical engineering or a related field or a business degree from an accredited college or university will count as 2 years.
  • Working as a full-time manager (PERC) for a licensed private alarm contractor agency or for an entity that designs, sells, installs, services, or monitors alarm systems.
  • Successful completion of a national certification program will count for 1 year. There is no definition regarding what constitutes a national certification program. Presumably, a NICET, CPP (ASIS) or similar certification will count.
  • Any experience in the surveillance camera or CCTV field prior to January 1, 2004 may count for the full three years. However, this path to eligibility is not clearly defined.

Note that there is some significant fudge factor in the alarm experience requirements. If you think you have equivalent credentials, please feel free to call us to discuss.




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