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Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm
and Locksmith Advisory Committee
Frequently Asked Questions

Licensing- FAQs:

Discipline- FAQs:


Continuing Education FAQs:

Complaints- FAQs:


Miscellaneous- FAQs:


Licensing:

1. Do I need a license to install, service, or maintain burglar alarms, fire alarms or electronic security systems or to engage in the practice of locksmithing in New Jersey?

Yes. Public Law 1997, c.305, signed by Governor Whitman in 1998, requires that individuals and businesses obtain a license to provide these services.
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2. How can I obtain a burglar alarm license, fire alarm license or locksmith license in New Jersey?

An applicant wishing to obtain an alarm or locksmith license in New Jersey must be at least 18 years of age and be of good moral character. Also, an applicant must hold a high school diploma or equivalency certificate or request a waiver of the requirement based upon the applicant’s experience in the alarm or locksmith business.

Specific practical experience and technical training requirements are listed in the Advisory Committee’s rules which may be downloaded from this website.

All applicants must be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal history background check.

A conviction for certain crimes, committed within 10 years prior to applying for a license, or other factors, may be cause for disqualification.
All applicants must successfully complete a burglar alarm, fire alarm, or locksmith examination as a requirement to obtain a license.

Applications for alarm and locksmith licenses may also be downloaded from the Committee's website.
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3. As a consumer, how can I obtain information concerning whether an individual or business performing alarm, electronic security, or locksmith services is licensed?

A consumer may obtain licensing information at the following website: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca

- Click Licensee Search
- Scroll down to and click Burglar Alarm or Fire Alarm
- Enter the name of an individual you believe is licensed
or;
- Enter the name of a city in which you wish to find a licensee.

A consumer may also call the Advisory Committee office to obtain the information.

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Discipline:

1. What will happen if I do not renew my license and I continue to work?

A license not renewed within 30 days of its expiration will be suspended pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13.31(a)-1.5(e).
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2. My license was suspended. How can I get it back?

It depends on the reason for suspension. If you were suspended because you failed to renew within the statutorily defined period (September 30, 2010 was the deadline for late renewal), then you must file a reinstatement application.
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3. Where can I find a reinstatement application?

Click Here to download a reinstatement application. The applicant must fill out the application and mail it back to the Committee. If you need more information regarding the reinstatement process please call the Committee at: (973) 504-6245.
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Continuing Education:

1. What will happen if I am audited and I did not obtain my CEU credits? On my renewal application I stated that I did obtain all of my credits.

If you stated on your renewal application that you obtained all of your required continuing education credits and are found to have falsely stated this, the Committee reserves the right to take disciplinary action it deems appropriate, up to and including revocation of your license.
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2. I am a dealer in N.J. and I renewed my license in 2007. I never took any CEUs for the 2010 renewal, but I want to reinstate my license now. What is the process and do I need to complete all the CEUs from the 2010 period?

You must fulfill all of the CEUs from the 2007-2010 triennial renewal period when you renew your license. Please Click Here to download the reinstatement application. The applicant must fill out the application and mail it back to the Committee.
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3. Do the required ADA, Barrier Free, Construction Code, and industrial safety courses apply toward the 12 CEU hours that can be crossed over between licenses or is that in addition to the 12 cross over credits?

The required courses are included in the 12 cross over credits between licenses. So, if an individual holds two licenses, s/he is required to take 36 credits for the first license, including the eight mandatory credits listed in your question. Then, that individual would apply those 8 mandatory credits, plus four additional credits towards the second license. If an individual holds three licenses, s/he would use the same 12 credits for the third license. In short, an individual cannot carry over 12 credits in addition to the eight mandatory credits earned in the four required courses (i.e. ADA, Barrier Free, Construction Code, and industrial safety).
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4. What is the date that licensees can take continuing education credits up until for the 2010-2013 triennial licensing period?

Licensees must have taken credits for the 2010-2013 triennial licensing period by August 31, 2013. If you have not completed the required 36 credits, the Advisory Committee reserves the right to discipline you for failure to comply with the regulations regarding continuing education credits.
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5. How do I make up continuing education credits?

If you have not completed the necessary 36 credits from the 2007-2010 triennial, you may take any Advisory Committee approved continuing education courses to fulfill the continuing education requirements to satisfy the 2007-2010 triennial requirement. However, as stated previously, the Advisory Committee still reserves the right to discipline you for your failure to comply with the regulations.
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6. Can I still renew if I have not taken all of my continuing education credits?

YES, you may renew your license. However, you may still be disciplined by the Committee for failure to complete the continuing education credit requirement.
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7. I am a sponsor. Do the classes that were approved from the last triennial period (2007-2010) need to be reapproved in order to use for this triennial period (2010-2013)?

YES, classes that were approved for the last triennial period (2007-2010) need to be reapproved in order to use for this triennial period (2010-2013). However, if there have been no changes to the course (i.e, instructor, topic, etc.) then please inform the Committee of this on the appropriate form. In these cases, approval will be granted as long as the application fee is included.
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8. I attend a class on September 2, 2010, had not yet been approved. (I completed my 2007-2010 credits). It is exactly the same course that was given in 2008. Will I receive the contining education credits for this course?

YES, you may use the credits from that course for the 2010-2013 triennial registration period. Under the regulations, if you complete more credits than required for the renewal of your license, you may carry over those credits into the next triennial period. However, you may not carry over more than a total of eight credits
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Complaints:

1. What is the best way to report violators of the law regarding vehicle lettering (or lack of same)? Will anyone act on that information once it has been submitted?

The best way to report violators of the law regarding vehicle lettering or lack thereof, is to contact the Advisory Committee by filling out the complaint form that can be found on the Advisory Committee's website or e-mail us at the e-mail address below. Please provide as much detail about the matter as possible. The Advisory Committee reviews all complaints and/or reports and will make a determination based on the information presented as to whether it will continue to investigate the matter.
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2. I have witnessed a company that I know to be unlicensed, performing fire alarm work after hours (at night). They are getting away with it because no one will see them in the act. Is there anything we can do in terms of reporting them "after the fact"?

You should contact the Advisory Committee by filling out the complaint form that can be found on the Advisory Committee website or e-mail us at the e-mail address below. Again, please provide as much detail about the incident as possible. The Advisory Committee reviews all complaints and/or reports and will make a determination as based on the information presented as to whether it may continue to investigate the matter.
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Miscellaneous:

1. I only install Home Theater Systems. Do I need any license?

The professional installation of a Home Theatre System falls under the auspices of the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. Please contact the Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors for more information.
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2. I install and service CCTV cameras which are viewable over the Internet from anywhere in the world. Is my alarm license valid for this work? All wiring is low voltage?

YES, your alarm license is valid for this work since electronic security services are regulated by the Advisory Committee, and are within the scope of practice for alarm and locksmith licensees.
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3. Does my alarm license allow me to install a Central Vacuum System? The electrical receptacle exists already and the unit simply plugs in. All of the other wires that run from the unit to each inlet are low voltage.

No, your alarm license does not allow you to install such a system.
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4. How many companies can a qualifier represent?

There is currently no limit on the number of companies a business qualifier can represent. However, the business qualifier must be able to provide proof that it can personally supervise all of the work that is performed by all of the employees at the businesses for which s/he intends to be a business qualifier. Please review N.J.A.C. 13:31A-2.8 (which can be found in the regulations section at this website) for further information.
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5. Is there any difference between the Fire Alarm "P" License and the "BF" License? What about renewal CEUs? I understand that CEUs are required for the "BF" license, but there are no CEU requirements for the “P” license. Is this true?

Please contact the New Jersey Division of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety - Fire Protection Contractor Certification Unit, for information regarding this topic.
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6. What is the best way to correspond with the Committee? Is it by phone, e-mail, regular mail, certified mail, or by other means?

You may contact the Advisory Committee by any of the methods listed above. However, the Committee would appreciate any questions or correspondence to be in written form, preferably by e-mail to the e-mail address listed below.
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