An electronic security system is a mission critical service installed in both domestic and commercial buildings to not only protect property but to safeguard lives as well.
It is an industry manned by dedicated individuals and companies who are of the highest calibre and work diligently to provide a service that should not be compromised.
Being part of that industry requires an individual to undertake his/her responsibility with a high degree of professionalism.
Technical Security encompasses such areas as:
- Intruder Alarm Systems
- CCTV Systems
- Access Control Systems
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Perimeter Protection
- Remote monitoring of Mission Critical Infrastructure
- Panic Attack Systems
So where do you start?
In order to install cabling and equipment for an electronic security system including CCTV you require two separate registrations / licences. Acquiring both of these is a mandatory requirement before a technician can install any electronic security equipment.
Firstly the technician requires a cabling registration as a minimum. This is a national requirement by the Australian Communication Media Authority (ACMA). For more infromation about ACMA Cabling Requirements see here.
- For Technicians wishing to work in commercial premises installing electronic security devices that interconnect via Network Cabling, Fibre Optics and Telecommunications Equipment.
From July 2013, it is now a requirement for all technicians working on telecommunications cabling to have an Open Registration. Information on the Open Registration can be found here.
The Open Registration is considered to be Basic Training that allows a technician after successful completion to move into many different areas of the electronic security industry.
Secondly the technician requires an Alarm Installers License. The requirements for this licence changes from state to state.
In order to facilitate the above requirements for the alarm installers course Comtech have two training courses to train students on how to install a security alarm system and how to install CCTV equipment.
These courses include nationally recognised units of competency. For more information about these courses click on the links above.
On successful completion of both of these courses the student will be competent to sit the relevant examinations at the Police Licensing Centre in Hay Street.
Security licences may apply to technicians to installing, maintaining or repairing security equipment. This is regulated independently by each state,
the RTO is not responsible for licensing but should be aware of the requirements for each state and pass on this information to students prior to enrolment.
ACT: Office of Regulatory Services,
NSW: Security Industry Registry (NSW Police),
QLD: Office of Fair Trading,
SA: Office of Consumer and Business Affairs,
TAS: Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading,
VIC: Licensing Services Division (VIC Police),
WA: Commercial Agents (WA Police)
Some additional courses that a student will find beneficial are
1. Structured Cabling Course
Allowing a technician to understand the basic fundamentals of data transmission on a structured cabling system including installation practices and testing.
2. Fibre Optic Course
Allowing a technician to understand the basic fundamentals of data transmission on a Fibre Optic cabling system including installation practices and testing.
3. Working with IP Networks
This Course takes a Technician or Electrician through the technical requirements that are needed to install IP enabled devices onto an IP Network or ADSL Circuit. The content was developed to help the technician to understand the concept of Network Terminology.
Q1. Do I need to do an electrical apprenticeship before I can become a Installation Technician?
A1. No. The area of Electronic Security installation and maintenance is now recognised as a separate entity and industry having its own Industry Representation and Traineeships.
Q2. What are my chances of gaining employment in this industry?
A2. The concept and utilisation of electronic security deterrents is now so mission critical both in the residential sector and the commercial sector that technicians with passion and ability are always in short supply and highly regarded.
Q3. How long will it take me to become a qualified technician with a reasonable amount of experience?
A3. The average time allowing for training in the field is between two and three years depending on the level of exposure to new technologies.
Q4. Are there any pre requisites or age limitations that need to be addressed?
A4. There are no pre requisites but it is advantageous to have a basic knowledge of electrical theory. Comtech can organise for a potential student to do a short course on basic electrical principals and basic electronics as well as operating hand tools safely before starting out with an Open Cabling Registration.
There are no age limitations students can be as young as Year 11 and 12 students with more mature students only requiring a lust for knowledge and a passion for an exciting career change. However, please note that most of our courses are aimed at those with some industry expereince.
If this is a career path you are interested in either starting out on or changing your career to become a Security Technician, please feel free to call into the centre where we can discuss the best options and study framework for you.
Comtech hold a Master Security License in NSW: License No: 000103356