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The Canadian Security Association’s (CANASA) Alarm Technician Course (ATC) provides technicians with everything they need to compete in today’s marketplace. Students gain the skills, knowledge, tools, and confidence required to rise above the competition and deliver outstanding service that wins the favour of customers and clients. Training also helps technicians deliver effective solutions for preventing false alarms and dispatches.

Flexible learning to fit any schedule
ATC is offered online allowing you to learn where and when it works best with your busy schedule. A student can expect to dedicate an average of 30 hours over a span of 8 weeks. The online course is presented in partnership with Centennial College

Current course topics for today’s alarm technician

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.

Course topics include:


  • Controls
  • Detection (inputs)
  • Notification/communication (outputs)
  • Basic networking
  • System design
  • Job planning
  • Field wiring
  • Power and grounding
  • Wireless
  • Safety
  • Metering
  • False alarm management
  • Commissioning


Who should take ATC?
Both new and experienced alarm technicians can benefit from taking ATC. Technicians who have learned from “on-the-job” training can gain essential information they may not have access to on a daily basis and stay up to date on trends and technologies. New technicians will benefit from gaining the comprehensive knowledge they need to get the “job done right.” The course is recommended for technicians who have installed a minimum of three intrusion alarm systems. Students must also have an understanding of basic electronics and math. This course is not suitable for students who have no experience in installing intrusion alarm systems.

ATC Final Exam

The student must pass the actual Alarm Technician Course final exam with a 75% or higher to obtain their Certificate.

Online Course Cost

Members: $565 (including tax)
Non-members: $1,356 (including tax)


In partnership with Centennial College
Centennial CollegeCentennial College (Centennial) is a leading post-secondary institution serving students and organizations from across the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, North America and around the world. The College is organized to provide learning excellence in full-time programs and courses, part-time continuing studies, in-class or online, in a corporate/customized training environment, and in partnership with organizations internationally.  Centennial has a lengthy history of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. 

Centennial College is a world-renowned leader in curriculum quality, development and delivery. Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college and is located in the Greater Toronto Area.  Many of Centennial’s campuses are located in the central and eastern part of the greater Toronto Area.  We have four campuses, with our main campus (Progress Campus) at Markham Road and Highway 401 and satellite locations in India, China, Panama, Turkey and Dubai.

Centennial offers more than 250 certificate, diploma and degree programs and over 1,200 courses on a full and part-time basis across multiple disciplines.  These career-oriented programs emphasize practical experience with laboratory learning, industry and agency placements, as well as co-operative education.

Centennial College offers distance learning courses through the College eCentennial platform (Desire2Learn) and OntarioLearn. With enrolments of more than 4,000 students and a course inventory exceeding over 400 courses, Centennial College recognizes the importance of offering quality on-line and blended learning programming. Blended learning provides flexibility, convenience, offers increased individual attention, promotes lifelong learning and speaks to independent learning.

Centennial educates over 19,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time students annually and employs over 2,000 full and part-time faculty and staff.