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Burglar Alarm, Access Control & Video Licensing Questions

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Texas law requires any person or company who provides investigations or security services in the state to be properly licensed to offer or to engage in such services. This requirements of law was originally passed by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and has been in effect ever since. To offer or provide a service required to be licensed without a license carries criminal penalties of up to a year in jail and a $4,000.00 fine.

Hiring or employing a unlicensed company also carries this penalty.

Visit the PSB (Private Security Board) web site for more information

TEXAS PRIVATE SECURITY ADDRESSES

The below listed addresses should be used for the submission of applications or correspondence to the Texas Private Security Board:

Correspondence containing checks or money orders should be sent to:
Texas Department of Public Safety 
PO Box 15999
Austin, TX 78761-5999

General correspondence NOT containing checks or money orders should be sent to:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Private Security – MSC 0241
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0001

Any correspondence sent by overnight or express carriers, such as UPS or FEDEX should be addressed to:
Texas Department of Public Safety
Private Security
5805 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78752-4431

(512) 424-7293
Email

DPS Company Requirements

TYPE OF LICENSE REQUIRED

Companies need to be get a Class B – Security Contractor Company License
This includes Burglar Alarms, Video , Locksmiths, Security Consultants and Electronic Access Device Control.

MINIMUM CONTROL PANEL STANDARDS

An alarm systems company may not install any alarm system on or after January 1, 2007, that includes a detection device control panel unless the control panel meets or exceeds the standards of the American National Standards Institute for false alarm reduction. This means alarm panels need to meet ANSI/SIA CP-01 Control Panel Standard.

REQUIRED NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS

  1. A licensee shall inform the client of the right to a written contract describing the fees to be charged and the services to be rendered.
  2. If requested, a written contract for regulated services shall be furnished to a client within seven (7) days.
  3. The written contract shall be dated and signed by the owner, manager, or other individual expressly authorized to execute contracts on behalf of the licensee.
  4. Within seven (7) days of contracting for regulated services with another licensee, the licensee shall:
    1. Notify the recipient of those services of the name, address, and telephone number, and individual to contact at the company that purchased the contract;
    2. Notify the recipient of services at the time the contract is negotiated that another licensed company may provide any, all or part of the services requested by subcontracting or outsourcing those services; and
    3. Notify the recipient of services of the name, address, phone number, and license number of the company providing those services, if any of the services are subcontracted or outsourced to a licensed third party.
  5. The notice required under this section shall:
    1. Be mailed to the recipient in a written form that emphasizes the required information; and
    2. If the services are those of an alarm system company, required notice shall include stickers or other materials to be affixed to the alarm system indicating the alarm system company’s or alarm systems monitor’s new telephone number.
  6. This section shall not apply to an alarm system company that subcontracts its monitoring services to another alarm system company if the conditions detailed in this subsection are met:
    1. The contract for monitoring is with another alarm systems company licensed under the Act;
    2. The contract between the original contracting licensee and the client remains in full force and effect, continues to govern all rights of the client with respect to the provision of alarm services, and remains in the control of the original contracting licensee;
    3. Neither the contact information provided to the client, nor the address and telephone numbers for alarm service, have changed as a result of the subcontracting arrangement; and
    4. The contact information provided to the client relating to the monitoring of the alarm system has not changed. 

ADVERTISEMENTS

  1. A licensee’s advertisements must include:
    1. The company name and address as it appears in the records of the department; and
    2. The company’s license number.
  2. No licensee shall use the Texas state seal or the insignia of the department to advertise or publicize a commercial undertaking, or otherwise violate Texas Business & Commerce Code, §17.08 or Texas Government Code, §411.017.
  3. The use of the department’s name is prohibited when it may give a reasonable person the impression that the department issued the statement or that the individual is acting on behalf of the department.
  4. For purposes of this section, an advertisement includes any media created or used for the purpose of promoting the regulated business of the licensee.

CONSUMER INFORMATION AND SIGNAGE

  1.  A licensee shall, either orally or in writing, notify all clients or recipients of services of the license number and the mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the department’s Regulatory Services Division for the purpose of directing complaints.
  2. If a licensee chooses to provide the notice required by subsection (a) of this section in written form, the notice shall contain the company’s license number, and mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the department, in a type face of the same size as that which appears in the document as a whole but in no case less than ten (10) point font.
  3. All licensees must display conspicuously in the principal place of business and in any branch office a sign containing the name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the department’s Regulatory Services Division, and a statement informing consumers or recipients of services that complaints against licensees may be directed to the department.
  4. The company’s license number must be displayed on any vehicle on which the company name is displayed, and must be in letters and numbers at least one (1) inch high and permanently affixed or magnetically attached to each side of the vehicle in a color contrasting with the background color. 

POSTING OF LICENSE REQUIRED

Post company license in a conspicuous place in the principal place of business of the license holder and Post each branch office license in a conspicuous place in each branch office of the license holder.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

  1. In the interest of creating a safe and drug-free work environment for clients and employees, all licensed companies shall establish and implement a drug-free workplace policy consistent with the Texas Workforce Commission’s “Drug-Free Workplace Policy.”
  2. A copy of the company’s drug-free workplace policy shall be signed by each employee and kept in each employee’s file. 

INSURANCE

  1. To comply with the Act’s requirements relating to documentary evidence of insurance coverage, the documents submitted to the department must specifically show:
    1. That the insurance is applicable to the conduct for which the licensee is licensed;
    2. The exclusions or endorsements specific to the activity for which the licensee is licensed, or that there are no such exclusions or endorsements; and
    3. The statutory minimum coverage limits, specifically distinguishing the limits for:
      1. Each occurrence of bodily injury and property damage;
      2. Each occurrence of personal injury; and
      3. The total aggregate amount of coverage for all occurrences.
  2. The applicant or licensee must also provide the department with the insurance agent’s current contact information and Texas license number.
  3. Proof of insurance must be submitted in a form and manner prescribed by the department.
  4. Pursuant to the Act, failure to maintain on file with the department evidence of current insurance coverage as required under this chapter will result in immediate suspension of the license. The suspension will become effective upon receipt of the notice.
  5. The suspension may be rescinded upon receipt by the department of proof that there was no lapse in coverage. Such proof must be submitted within ten (10) business days following the effective date of the suspension.
  6. In the event of a lapse in coverage, or the failure to provide evidence of continuous coverage within ten (10) business days, the license will not be reinstated until a complete application for reinstatement is submitted and approved. The application may be denied on grounds that the licensee has violated the Act or this chapter, including having provided regulated services while suspended pursuant to the Act. 
DPS Company Representative Requirements

MANAGER STANDARDS

  1. A qualified manager shall not knowingly allow or direct any person under their control to violate a provision of the Act, this chapter, or any criminal statute.
  2. For purposes of the supervision required under the Act, a manager must have continuous oversight of no more than three (3) companies and two (2) schools, the supervised individuals, or their intermediate level supervisors, in a manner sufficient to ensure that all supervised individuals are in compliance with the Act.

MANAGER EXAMINATION

  1. All applicants for registration as qualified manager of a licensee must pass the written examination administered by the department. All applicants must pass the examination with a minimum score of 70%.
  2. Good order and discipline will be maintained during the examination. Conduct which is disruptive is grounds for immediate removal.
  3. An oral examination may be given upon receipt of proof of dyslexia as defined by Texas Education Code, §51.970. Proof must be submitted in writing in a manner prescribed by the department.
  4. Any examination other than the single examination authorized by payment of the original license fee shall be considered a reexamination for which the reexamination fee shall be required. 

TIP: The exam is on the:

  • Texas Occupations Code Title 10. Occupations Related To Law Enforcement And Security Chapter 1702. Private Security
  • Texas Administrative Code- Title 37. Public Safety And Corrections -Part 1. Texas Department of Public Safety – Chapter 35. Private Security
DPS Individual Requirements

TYPES OF INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATIONS 

  • Alarm Installer – An individual acts as an alarm systems installer for purposes of this chapter if the individual installs, maintains, or repairs an alarm system or detection device. (b) An alarm systems installer may sell, install, maintain, repair, or service an electronic access control device or a mechanical security device that is capable of activation through a wireless signal. An alarm systems installer may not rekey an electronic access control device or mechanical security device that can be activated by a key. This subsection does not apply to a mechanical security device or electronic access control device installed in a motor vehicle. NOTE: Video installers apply as Alarm Installers
  • Alarm System Monitor – (a) An individual acts as an alarm systems monitor for purposes of this chapter if the individual monitors an alarm system or detection device. (b) This section does not apply to an individual employed exclusively and regularly by an employer, other than a license holder, in connection with the affairs of that employer and with whom the individual has an employee-employer relationship.
  • Security Salesperson – An individual acts as a security salesperson for purposes of this chapter if the individual is employed by a security services contractor to sell services offered by the contractor.
  • Electronic Access Control Device Installer (a) An individual acts as an electronic access control device installer for purposes of this chapter if the individual installs, maintains, or repairs an electronic access control device. (b) A person registered as an electronic access control device installer may not install alarm systems unless the person holds an endorsement under this chapter as an alarm systems installer.

REGISTRATION APPLICANT PRE-EMPLOYMENT CHECK

  1. A pre-employment background check of the applicant must be conducted when:
    •  An application meeting the requirements of §35.21 of this title (relating to Registration Applications) has been submitted;
    • The department’s website does not indicate the application is complete within 48 hours after the submission of the applicant’s fingerprints; and
    • Regulated services are to be performed by the applicant prior to issuance of the registration.
  2. The ability to perform a non-commissioned regulated service prior to licensure is conditional on either:
    1. Department notification that a complete application has been received and:
      • Performance of the pre-employment background check required under subsection (c) of this section;
      • The determination that the applicant is not disqualified based on the background check; and
      • The employer’s retention of the search results in the employee’s file, as required by subsection (e) of this section; or
    2. The absence of notification by the department that a complete application has been received, the passage of 48 hours since submission of the application materials, and:
      • (A) Performance of the pre-employment background check required under subsection (d) of this section;
      • (B) The determination that the applicant is not disqualified based on the background check; and
      • (C) The employer’s retention of the search results in the employee’s file, as required by subsection (e) of this section.
  3. The pre-employment background check must at a minimum include the review of either the department’s publicly accessible criminal history website or a commercial criminal history website, review of the department’s sex offender registry website, and confirmation the applicant is not disqualified for the registration or endorsement based on either the applicant’s criminal history or the requirement to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure. Nothing in this subsection precludes an employer from using a more stringent method of determining an applicant’s eligibility.
  4. The pre-employment background check must at a minimum include the review of the department’s publicly accessible criminal history and sex offender registry website(s), and confirmation the applicant is not disqualified for the registration or endorsement based on either the applicant’s criminal history or the requirement to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure. Nothing in this subsection precludes an employer from using a more stringent method of determining an applicant’s eligibility.
  5. The employer must maintain written documentation of the pre-employment check for at least two (2) years, regardless of the subsequent employment status of the applicant. The absence of such documentation constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the background check was not conducted. 

GUIDELINES FOR DISQUALIFYING CRIMINAL OFFENSES

  1. The private security industry is in a position of trust; it provides services to members of the public that involve access to confidential information, to private property, and to the more vulnerable and defenseless persons within our society. By virtue of their licenses, security professionals are provided with greater opportunities to engage in fraud, theft, or related property crimes. In addition, licensure provides those predisposed to commit assaultive or sexual crimes with greater opportunities to engage in such conduct and to escape detection or prosecution.
  2. Therefore, the board has determined that offenses of the following types directly relate to the duties and responsibilities of those who are licensed under the Act. Such offenses include crimes under the laws of another state or the United States, if the offense contains elements that are substantially similar to the elements of an offense under the laws of this state. Such offenses also include those “aggravated” or otherwise enhanced versions of the listed offenses.
  3. The list of offenses in this subsection is intended to provide guidance only and is not exhaustive of either the offenses that may relate to a particular regulated occupation or of those that are independently disqualifying under Texas Occupations Code, §53.021(a)(2) – (4). The listed offenses are general categories that include all specific offenses within the corresponding chapter of the Texas Penal Code. In addition, after due consideration of the circumstances of the criminal act and its relationship to the position of trust involved in the particular licensed occupation, the board may find that an offense not described below also renders a person unfit to hold a license. In particular, an offense that is committed in one’s capacity as a registrant under the Act, or an offense that is facilitated by one’s registration, endorsement, or commission under the Act, will be considered related to the licensed occupation and may render the person unfit to hold the license.
    1. Arson, damage to property–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 28.
    2. Assault–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 22.
    3. Bribery–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 36.
    4. Burglary and criminal trespass–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 30.
    5. Criminal homicide–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 19.
    6. Disorderly conduct–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 42.
    7. Fraud–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 32.
    8. Kidnapping–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 20.
    9. Obstructing governmental operation–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 38.
    10. Perjury–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 37.
    11. Robbery–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 29.
    12. Sexual offenses–Any under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 21.
    13. Theft–Any offense under the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 31.
    14. In addition:
      • An attempt to commit a crime listed in this subsection;
      • Aiding and abetting in the commission of a crime listed in this subsection; and
      • Being an accessory (before or after the fact) to a crime listed in this subsection.
  4. A felony conviction for an offense listed in subsection (c) of this section is disqualifying for ten (10) years from the date of the completion of the sentence, unless subject to this subsection. (e) A Class A misdemeanor conviction for an offense listed in subsection (c) of this section is disqualifying for five (5) years from the date of completion of the sentence.
  5. Conviction for a felony or Class A offense that does not relate to the occupation for which license is sought is disqualifying for five (5) years from the date of commission, pursuant to Texas Occupations Code, §53.021(a)(2).
  6. Independently of whether the offense is otherwise described or listed in subsection (c) of this section, a conviction for an offense listed in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 42.12 §3g, or Article 42A.054, or that is a sexually violent offense as defined by Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 62.001, or a conviction for burglary of a habitation, is permanently disqualifying subject to the requirements of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53. 
  7. A Class B misdemeanor conviction for an offense listed in subsection (c) of this section is disqualifying for five (5) years from the date of conviction.
  8. Any unlisted offense that is substantially similar in elements to an offense listed in subsection (c) of this section is disqualifying in the same manner as the corresponding listed offense.
  9. A pending Class B misdemeanor charged by information for an offense listed in subsection (c) of this section is grounds for summary suspension.
  10. Any pending Class A misdemeanor charged by information or pending felony charged by indictment is grounds for summary suspension.
  11. In determining the fitness to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the licensed occupation of a person against whom disqualifying charges have been filed or who has been convicted of a disqualifying offense, the board shall consider:
    1. The extent and nature of the person’s past criminal activity;
    2. The age of the person when the crime was committed;
    3. The amount of time that has elapsed since the person’s last criminal activity;
    4. The conduct and work activity of the person before and after the criminal activity;
    5. Evidence of the person’s rehabilitation or rehabilitative effort while incarcerated or after release;
    6. The date the person will be eligible; and
    7. Any other evidence of the person’s fitness, including letters of recommendation from:
      • Prosecutors or law enforcement and correctional officers who prosecuted, arrested, or had custodial responsibility for the person; or
      • The sheriff or chief of police in the community where the person resides.
  12. In addition to the documentation listed in subsection (l) of this section, the applicant or licensee or registrant shall furnish proof in the form required by the department that the person has:
    • Maintained a record of steady employment;
    • Supported the applicant’s dependents;
    • Maintained a record of good conduct; and
    • Paid all outstanding court costs, supervision fees, fines and restitution ordered in any criminal case in which the applicant has been charged or convicted.
  13. The failure to timely provide the information listed in subsection (l) and subsection (m) of this section may result in the proposed action being taken against the application or license.
  14. The provisions of this section are authorized by the Act, §1702.004(b), and are intended to comply with the requirements of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53. 

STANDARDS OF CONDUCT

  1. The State Seal of Texas may not be displayed as part of a uniform or identification card, or markings on a motor vehicle, other than such items prepared or issued by the department.
  2. Licensees and registrants shall cooperate fully with any investigation conducted by the department, including but not limited to the provision of employee records upon request by the department and compliance with any subpoena issued by the department.
  3. If arrested, charged, or indicted for a criminal offense above the level of Class C misdemeanor, a registrant shall within seventy-two (72) hours notify the employer, and the employer (when notified by the employee or otherwise informed) shall notify the department in writing (including by email) within seventy-two (72) hours of notification. The notification shall include the name of the arresting agency, the offense, court, and cause number of the charge or indictment. The registrant and employer must supplement their respective notifications as further information becomes available.
  4. Any registrant who has been issued a pocket card shall carry the pocket card on or about his person while on duty and shall present same upon request from a peace officer or to a representative of the department.

RESIDENTIAL SOLICITATION 

A licensee or employee of a licensee who offers or attempts to sell regulated goods or services to a homeowner or resident of a home or apartment through direct physical contact, including door to door solicitation, shall:

  1. Carry a department issued pocket card, or a receipt of registration issued by the department, and present said pocket card or proof of registration for inspection to the homeowner or resident;
  2. Inform the homeowner or resident of the person’s name and employer’s name;
  3. Provide to the homeowner or resident, at no charge, a document or business card listing the person’s name, employer’s name, address, phone number, license number, and the department’s phone number with instructions on how to contact or file a complaint with the department;
  4. Not approach or solicit a home or residence during any times where a placard is displayed indicating that the homeowner or residential occupant does not wish to be solicited; and
  5. Provide to the local law enforcement agency with primary jurisdiction a written list of all registrants that will be engaging in the door to door solicitation of its residents before any solicitation occurs. The licensed company shall update the information provided to the above referenced agency if there are any changes to the list. This notification can be made via fax, email, regular mail, or by hand delivery to the agency. This notification shall include the company name and department issued license number.

INITIAL TRAINING

  • The Level I alarm systems training course shall be successfully completed, and the certification submitted to the department, by any registrant employed as an alarm systems installer or a security alarm salesperson, in order to renew an original registration.
  • Alarm systems Level I training must be taught by a department approved alarm systems training school and a department approved alarm instructor.
  • During the first twelve (12) months of initial registration, each person employed as an alarm system installer or alarm systems salesperson must complete Alarm Level I training, consisting of sixteen (16) hours of classroom instruction or equivalent online course as approved by the department, with two (2) hours covering the National Electrical Code (NEC) as it applies to low voltage.
  • For the protection of the installer and the general public, the work of an alarm system installer who has not completed the required sixteen (16) hours of instruction must be overseen by an installer who has completed the required sixteen (16) hours of instruction. The oversight required under this section need not involve direct physical supervision, but the overseeing installer is responsible for ensuring the installation complies with all applicable requirements and regulations.
  • Any person registered as an alarm systems installer or salesperson who fails to complete sixteen (16) hours of training during the twenty-four (24) months of initial licensure is not eligible to make a new or renewal application until such time as all training requirements for the previous license period have been satisfied.

NOTE: TBFAA offers Level 1 Training to meet this requirement – visit the training page for more info

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Any person employed as an alarm systems installer or alarm systems salesperson must earned eight (8) hours of continuing education credits in an alarm related field, with one (1) hour covering the National Electrical Code (NEC) as it applies to low voltage, during each subsequent twenty-four (24) month period. This requirement must be satisfied prior to the expiration date of registration in order to renew the registration.
  • Any person registered as an alarm systems installer or salesperson who fails to complete eight (8) hours of continuing education during any subsequent licensing period is not eligible to make a new or renewal application until such time as all training requirements for the previous license period have been satisfied.
  • Alarm monitors shall complete four (4) hours of continuing education in subject matter that relates to the duties and responsibilities of an alarm monitor.
  • Attendees of continuing education courses shall maintain certificates of completion furnished by the school director in their files for a period of two (2) years.
  • Attendees shall furnish the department with copies of all certificates of completion upon request. 

NOTE: TBFAA offers training to meet this requirement – visit the convention page for more info

Notice of Alarm Installs Now Required

One change to Section 1702.286 – Duties of Alarm Systems Company became effective January  1, 2006 and effects both alarm companies and municipalities.

  • Within 30 days after installation or activation of the alarm system, the Alarm Company shall notify the municipality.  The notification shall include:
    • Alarm Systems Company name
    • Alarm Systems Company license number
    • Name of the occupant of the alarm system location
    • Address of the alarm system location
    • Date of installation or activation of the alarm system
    • The information provided to a governmental body is confidential
    • This section does not apply to a Personal Emergency Response System
  • An Alarm Systems Company commits an offense if it does not provide the information required by this sub-section. The offense will be considered a Class C misdemeanor

In an effort to comply with this requirement, alarm companies have contacted localities to find out where to send the information. Many localities have provided the information, but many others have indicated that they have no desire to receive it.

The Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association has contacted the Department of Public Safety, which has the responsibility to enforce this requirement, and we have been advised that an alarm company should get it in writing from the municipality if the municipality does not desire this information and keep it on file.  Once this is done then the alarm company would not need to notify that particular municipality on any new installations or activation.

In an effort to facilitate the implementation of this requirement we have asked each locality to give us one of two things:

  1. The mailing address, email address or fax number for where notification should be sent, or
  2. A letter indicating that they do not wish to receive this information.

Information on all the localities that have responded is included in document that you can download.

Municipality Notification Alarm Form

 
If you need help to determine which city or county the Zip Code is in, try this.

Fire Alarm Licensing Questions

General Info

Each person or organization engaged in the business of planning, certifying, leasing, selling, servicing, installing, monitoring, or maintaining fire alarm or fire detection devices or systems shall have a certificate of registration issued by the Texas Commissioner of Insurance.

For information on the requirements visit the Texas Department of insurance website.
Or Call 512-676-6812 and ask for the Fire Alarm Licensing Technician

Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office
P. O. Box 149221
Austin, TX 78714-9221
Fire License Company Requirements

TYPES OF REGISTRATIONS (FOR FIRMS)

A firm cannot be registered without a licensed employee.

  • Alarm Certificate of Registration (ACR)
    Each firm engaged in the business of fire detection devices or systems must have an ACR. The extent of work, allowed by the firm (planning, certifying, leasing, selling, servicing, installing, monitoring, or maintaining fire detection devices or systems), is limited by the license held by their employees.
  • Alarm Branch Office Certificate of Registration
    Each separate office location performing the same business as the firm holding the ACR must have a branch office certificate of registration.
  • Alarm Certificate of Registration – Single Station (ACR-SS)
    Each firm engaged in the business of planning, certifying, leasing, selling, servicing, installing, monitoring, or maintaining exclusively single station devices, must have an ACR-SS.

For information on the requirements visit the Texas Department of insurance website.
Or Call 512-676-6812 and ask for the Fire Alarm Licensing Technician

Fire License Individual Requirements

TYPES OF LICENSES (FOR INDIVIDUALS)

An individual cannot be issued a license until employed by a registered firm.

  • Fire Alarm Planning Superintendent (APS)
    A registered firm that employs a licensed Fire Alarm Planning Superintendent is permitted to sell, plan, install, certify, service, and monitor all types of fire alarm or detection devices or systems. (This licensee must pass the Fire Alarm Statute & Rules TFM11 test and either have a current Electronic Security Association (ESA) Level III Fire Alarm Designer certification, pass the NICET Level III test or be a licensed Texas Professional Engineer.) Note: the TBFAA Fire Prep Class reviews the law, rules, codes & standards covered in the TFM 11, 12, 13 & 14 Exams.
  • Fire Alarm Technician (FAL) 
    A registered firm that employs a licensed Fire Alarm Technician is permitted to sell, install, certify, service, and monitor all types of fire alarm or detection devices or systems. Planning must be done by another type qualified firm. (This licensee must pass the Fire Alarm Statute & Rules TFM11 test and the Fire Alarm Technical TFM12 test. The technical exam may be waived if an individual holds a current Electronic Security Association (ESA) Level II Fire Alarm Technician certification or by passing the NICET Level II test.) Note: the TBFAA Fire Prep Class reviews the law, rules, codes & standards covered in the TFM 11, 12, 13 & 14 Exams.
  • Fire Alarm Monitoring Technician (AMT)
    A registered firm that employs a licensed Fire Alarm Monitoring Technician is only permitted to monitor residential or commercial fire alarm or detection devices or systems. (This licensee must pass the Fire Alarm Statute & Rules TFM11 test and the Fire Alarm Monitoring TFM14 test.) Note: the TBFAA Fire Prep Class reviews the law, rules, codes & standards covered in the TFM 11, 12, 13 & 14 Exams.
  • Residential Fire Alarm Superintendent (RAS)
    A registered firm that employs a licensed Residential Fire Alarm Superintendent is permitted to sell, plan, install, certify, service, and monitor fire alarm or detection devices or systems in one and two-family dwellings. A Residential Alarm Superintendent can also perform all the functions of a Fire Alarm Technician.
    (This licensee must pass the Fire Alarm Statute & Rules TFM11 test, the Fire Alarm Technical TFM12 test and the Fire Alarm Residential TFM13 test. The technical exam may be waived if an individual holds a current Electronic Security Association (ESA) Level II Fire Alarm Technician certification or by passing the NICET Level II test.) Note: the TBFAA Fire Prep Class reviews the law, rules, codes & standards covered in the TFM 11, 12, 13 & 14 Exams.
  • Residential Fire Alarm Superintendent–Single Station (RAS-SS)
    A registered firm that employs a licensed Residential Fire Alarm Superintendent – Single Station is only permitted to sell, plan, install, certify, and service single station heat or smoke detectors which are not connected to any other detection device or system, in one- or two-family dwellings. (This licensee must pass the Fire Alarm Residential TFM13 test, and the Fire Alarm Statute & Rules TFM11 test.) Note: the TBFAA Fire Prep Class reviews the law, rules, codes & standards covered in the TFM 11, 12, 13 & 14 Exams.
  • Residential Fire Alarm Technician (RAL)
    An RAL licensee is permitted to install, service, inspect, and certify residential single-family or two-family fire alarm or detection systems. (This licensee must successfully complete a residential fire alarm technician training course conducted by a training school approved by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.) An Alarm Certificate of Registration can’t be issued to a firm who only has an individual with this license type. A licensed individual may not perform the above services unless they are an employee or agent of a registered firm. Note: the TBFAA Household Fire Class meets the requirement for this license.

For information on the requirements visit the Texas Department of insurance website.
Or Call 512-676-6812 and ask for the Fire Alarm Licensing Technician