Electronic Access Control - ONLINE


PRICE: $285 for members (enter member discount code on purchasing screen)/ $385 non-members.  

MATERIALS: Price includes 300-page Digital Manual. If you wish to receive a printed and shipped version of the manual you will also need to add this product to your cart (Additional cost of $30 plus shipping). 

TESTING:  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 EAC proctored exam with one of our testing providers. Tests are open book, allowing the usage of the course manual. Web-based testing is available and you will need a web camera and microphone. If you do not have the equipment for web based testing you will need to visit an in-person testing facility. Please note that you must purchase a hard copy of the manual as ebooks are not permitted for in-person testing. For more details on arranging and scheduling a proctored exam please visit the Proctored Exam information page.

DESCRIPTION: The Electronic Access Control (EAC) course will provide you with the latest information you need to successfully design and install an electronic access control system. The primary focus of this course is to equip you with knowledge on the most common devices and methods to connect them. You will learn how to assess customer’s needs, what to look for when performing a site survey, and then how to translate the data into an effective system.

Through this industry leading course, students will learn:

  • Concepts behind Access Control Systems
  • Basic locksmithing
  • System design
  • The details of basic access control system components
  • National building codes
  • Wiring and power supplies

*This course has been updated to address the threat of active shooters through electronic access control system design and policies. Updated course content will teach:

  • Designing Layers of protection focused on
    • Outer perimeter
    • Building perimeter
    • Interior spaces
  • Establishing policies for lockdown and egress
  • A review of DHS Guidelines for active shooters

What to Expect in the Online Course: The course is delivered using a presentation style that covers the exact same content found 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 14 hours interacting with the course materials before you will be granted a course completion.

LICENSING:  Not all state regulatory agencies allow online courses for licensing.  Please check with your licensing agency prior to taking this course for licensing.  If you are using this course for licensure in Oklahoma, please register for the Oklahoma Electronic Access Control course

Who should take this course: Technical staff (installation, service, and maintenance)



14 hours
Must spend 14 hours in online course, complete the online assessment, and pass the proctored final exam.
Time Limit to Complete :
365 days before course access expires

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Detailed Course Outline:

Why Electronic Access Control?

  • Get the best overview of essential electronic access control equipment, concepts and techniques.
  • Hands-on system design based on customer specifications and a building plan.
  • Comprehensive coverage of topics in 14 hours, plus a two-hour exam to demonstrate successful capture of the knowledge.

Subject Areas

  • Overview
  • Building Codes
  • Locksmithing
  • Locks and Barriers
  • Entry Devices
  • Exit Devices
  • Powering Components
  • Controllers and Processors
  • Wiring Methods
  • System Design
  • Common Errors and Solutions

Certification(s) available: Individuals holding a Certified Alarm Technician Level I for a minimum of 36 months, and who successfully complete the Electronic Access Control course, the Video System Technologies course and the Fire Alarm Installation Methods course are eligible for certification as a Certified Systems Integrator (CSI).