Texas 18 Hour Alarm Level 1 - Online


PRICE: $250 for members (enter member discount code on purchasing screen)/ $350 non-members.  

This 16-hour course, plus a 2-hour quiz, provides an overview on the theory, installation and maintenance of alarm systems.

The course is specifically designed for those needing to meet the Texas Department of Public Safety - Private Security Bureau's administrative code
§35.161. By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of the industry and your role within the industry. You will be able to explain the importance of codes and standards, how to locate them, and how to apply them. You will be able to define basic installation procedures and the underlying technology behind the various security system tools and equipment.This course will provide you with the knowledge you need to perform entry level responsibilities within the many facets of the electronic life safety and security industry. Whether you are a sales representative, or an installation technician, this course will prepare you to tailor an application for commercial or residential, plan for and initiate a successful installation, act responsibly while on the job, as well as effectively communicate with customers and others in the industry.

Please be aware that if you need to use this course for licensing in any other state or towards one of ESA’s certifications you will need to take the Certified Alarm Technician Level I 22 hour course. You will also need to take and pass the Level I proctored exam with a 70% or higher

What to Expect in the Online Course: The course is delivered using a presentation style that is built off the exact same content covered in our instructor led course.  The presentation includes text, graphics, videos and activities to help you absorb the information presented. Each module is concluded by a knowledge checkpoint quiz to make sure you have understood the core concepts presented.  The course ends with a comprehensive assessment test that you must pass with a 80% or greater to complete the course.  Your time will be tracked in the course and you must spend 22 hours interacting with the course materials before permitted to schedule the proctored exam.

Who should attend:Technicians, service personnel, installation personnel, sales staff, and business owners.

NOTE: Please check with your licensing agency prior to taking this course for licensing.

Once your registration has been processed, you will receive a training manual via UPS or FedEx delivery. If you do not receive your manual within the the time-frame chosen during the checkout process, please contact NTS at 888.447.1689 or nts@esaweb.org.

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Cancellation Policy:

If the student has completed less than ¼ of the course and a request is made to cancel, a refund is available less a 25% administrative fee. Students may choose to transfer their funds to another ESA/NTS provided course if less than ¼ the course has been completed. Transfers will not be issued until the class materials, including the course manual, is returned in like new condition to ESA/NTS. Fund transfers cannot be made to non-ESA/NTS courses due to the varied payment terms established by the Training Providers. Cancellation requests made beyond one-quarter through the course will not be refunded or transferred.

Refunds should be expected within thirty days of receipt of returned materials. Returns should be sent to: 


Attn: Returns

6333 North State Highway 161, Suite 350

Irving, TX 75038

Returned items should include a letter regarding the nature of the return, include the student’s name, telephone number and email address.


18 hours


Must spend 16 hours in online course and pass the 2 hour online quiz with a 80% or higher.
Time Limit to Complete :
365 days before course access expires

Detailed Course Outline:

Certifications available: None. If you need to obtain a Level I certification, please take the Certified Alarm Technician Level One course, which can be found here.

Subject Areas:

  • Introduction
  • Standards
  • Electricity
  • Power
  • Alarm systems
  • Perimeter sensors
  • Interior sensors
  • Notification devices
  • Communications
  • Wiring Methods
  • Troubleshooting
  • Video Surveillance Systems
  • Access Control
  • Alarm Management
  • Job Safety

Please be advised that many state and local regulations require criminal background checks prior to licensing or registration.  A criminal conviction may disqualify you from attaining this license or registration.  Please be aware of all of the licensing regulations that apply in the areas you plan to work.