Certified Alarm Technician Level One/ September 30 - October 02, 2020/ Pittsburgh, PA/ PBFAA



This 22-hour foundational course, followed by a two-hour examination, provides students with an understanding of the industry and their role within it and provides the essential knowledge and skills for all forms of electronic security: intrusion detection, fire detection, video surveillance and access control. Level I trained professionals perform higher quality work more efficiently leading to greater productivity and higher profits for employers.

Please be aware that if you need to use this course for licensing or towards one of ESA's certifications you will need to take the proctored exam with a verified proctoring service. Once you complete the course, you will be provided instructions on where and how to take your proctored exam. Please notify us if you do not receive this email in 2 business days. The exam will be open book, using your course manual and is compiled of 50 multiple choice questions. You must pass the exam with a 70% or higher. You will have six months to successfully complete the exam process.

Who Should Attend? Technicians, service personnel, installation personnel, sales staff and business owners

Oklahoma Residents:

The Electronic Security Association is pleased to announce that we are an approved Examination Entity for Alarm licensure by the Oklahoma Department of Labor. The Certified Alarm Technician Level I exam* meets the requirements for the OK Residential Burglar and Fire Technician/Salesperson exam. For those wishing to get a Commercial license they must take and pass the CAT1-OK exam PLUS the Fire Alarm Installation exam. The Certified Alarm Technical Level I exam that has been modified to meet the Oklahoma Department of Labor requirements and will be given at the conclusion of the course. In order to be in compliance with the OK Department of Labor reporting requirements, all exams must be taken computer based within Oklahoma's borders.

24 Hours

Date :

September 30 - October 2, 2020
Location :
Pittsburgh, PA
Times :
8 am to 5 pm
Provider :
Pennsylvania Burglar and Fire Alarm Association

This course is NOT FREE.

You will be contacted by the provider regarding payment information and to complete the registration process. 

Price varies by location and membership status and will range from $300 to $595.

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Detailed Course Outline:

Certified Alarm Technician Level I will provide individuals with the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Plan for and initiate a successful installation while being able to tailor it for commercial or residential applications
  2. Act responsibly and safely while on the job
  3. Communicate effectively with customers and others in the industry
  4. Understand the importance of codes and standards and how to locate and apply them
  5. Define basic installation procedures and compare the underlying technology behind the various security system tools and equipment
  6. A building block for more advanced and specialized training that can lead to enhanced profits and increased compensation for the student/credential holder

Subject Areas

  • Industry introduction
  • Standards
  • Alarm management
  • Electricity
  • Power supplies
  • Control panels
  • Perimeter sensors
  • Interior sensors
  • Alarm systems
  • Fire systems
  • Notification devices
  • Communications
  • Wiring methods
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Troubleshooting
  • Closed Circuit Video
  • Access Control
  • Related Systems
  • Client relations
  • Job safety

Certification(s) available: Certified Alarm Technician Level I