By Roy Pollack, CPP SET

Education Committee Chairman

FASA BASA! FASA BASA!  Tired of hearing about the need for the same old FASA BASA renewal???  And tired of sitting through the same old course material since 1996?  Well not any more.

The AAF through its Alarm Academy® has launched a new training program to meet the busy schedules of our members.  Our courses are now all new, and  — On-Line!!! Some of the best industry experts have collaborated on these modules, creating a first class on line program unmatched by any other vendors.  You can learn at your own pace, taking as many or as few modules at a given time as you please. The investment is nominal and the returns will be phenomenal.  All course pricing is very competitive and our convenient on line system makes course registration and payment easy.

Plus you are able to select the topics that evoke an interest from you as the student.  The course is now modular and meets the needs of the Alarm Qualifier, BASA and FASA renewal requirements and general education training. (We are working on obtaining approval for BASA and FASA initial certification).

For example, FASA/BASA renewal requires 6 hours of continuing education; alarm qualifiers, 14 hours.  The module choices include:

  • Business Practices and Basic Accounting
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Fundamentals of Security Systems
  • IP for the Alarm Professional
  • False Alarm Prevention (two, 1 hour modules)
  • Laws and Rules
  • NEC for the Low Voltage Contractor (four, 1 hour modules)
  • Sprinkler Supervision (five, 1 hour modules)
  • Elevator Recall
  • Safety & OSHA
  • Surge Suppression
  • Commercial UL Burglar Alarm Systems
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • CCTV
  • Access Control
  • Blueprint Reading and Preparation
  • And more…..

To obtain either the renewal credits for an alarm qualifier (14 hours) or FASA/BASA renewal (6 hours) the course is completely customizable.  The difference between a classroom course and the on line version is that the licensing board requires a satisfactory score on a final examination at the end of the course.  Classroom training has no such requirement for a final exam.  Upon completion the system will provide you Alarm Academy® certification through the AAF.  For Alarm Qualifiers, the state will automatically be notified of your completion and your credit hours will be posted to your license record.

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