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CANASA: New alarm technician training options available through Ontario colleges


August 26, 2021
By SP&T Staff
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According to updates on the Canadian Security Association’s website, there are new education opportunities available for security alarm systems training through Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.-based Conestoga College and Toronto-based Centennial College.

The CANASA post states that Conestoga’s Alarm Systems Program “is offered as a Conestoga College certificate and provides you with integrated theoretical and practical learning experiences and a strong foundation in alarm systems. The goal of the program is to prepare you to function effectively in a diverse, competitive, and growing alarm systems industry.”

Registration for the winter session opens on Nov. 1, 2021, and for the spring session on Feb. 7, 2022. The course load must be completed within three years of acceptance into the program. “As a graduate, you will be ready to find employment in surveillance and investigation firms, alarm product distribution and sales, and alarm service and installation,” continues the post.

Additional details, including the program description and course list, are available on the Conestoga website.

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CANASA’s Alarm Technician Course (ATC) will be offered through Centennial as an online learning program starting Oct. 1 (CANASA members are offered a 50 per cent discount on course registration fees.)

According to the CANASA website, the ATC “provides technicians with everything they need to compete in today’s marketplace… ATC covers a wide range of topics and trends relevant to today’s alarm technician and current industry requirements, including new technologies such as networking and wireless and extensive false alarm prevention. Designed by top security experts, the course promotes best practices and the highest possible standards in the industry.”

CANASA executive director Patrick Straw commented on the two education programs just prior to their launch in his most recent CANASA Update column for SP&T News, remarking that “after an enormous amount of work from our education committee, led by Ron Jagmohan of Resideo, the finishing touches are being put on to the modernization of CANASA’s ATC (Alarm Technician Course), in partnership with Centennial College in Toronto. Centennial is currently uploading the content into their own system and we are expecting the finished product to be available for full review by the end of July/early August. The commitment by our committee members to complete this over the last two years has been incredible and an inspiration.”

The Security Technician Course offered by Conestoga “will be a fully CANASA-endorsed program and we are confident it will be a valuable resource for companies to fill the many positions requiring people power,” added Straw.

CANASA education committee chair Ron Jagmohan was inducted into the SP&T News Hall of Fame in 2020 for his contributions to the security industry.