CANASA to License Alarm Installer Courses to Sheridan College

The Canadian Security Association, CANASA, announces that an agreement has been reached to license the Level 1 and Level 2 Alarm Technician courses to Sheridan College of Brampton, Ontario. The courses will be offered as components of the college's School of Continuing Studies program for alarm professionals. The program will begin in early January 2005 and will be offered during the evenings over the course of three semesters.

"This represents a tremendous advance for enhancing the professionalism of our industry," said Tracy Cannata, the executive director of CANASA. Up to now, education courses were offered by CANASA directly and required students to take time away from work to complete the program. By offer this Continuing Education Program in the evenings, we will be offering just another method of delivery that will help to fit into everyone's busy schedule.

"With this agreement, the course material will become more accessible to a greater number of people and potentially at earlier stages in their career," said Cannata.

Sam Labella, the Program Coordinator at Sheridan, indicated that taking on the Level 1 and 2 training was a natural step for the college. "The industry is enjoying considerable growth and there is a lot of demand for this type of training. Our partnership with CANASA will better enable us to train and certify students and professionals to respond to the demands of sales, installation and service of integrated security systems."

The CANASA Level 1 course covers topics such as input devices, detection systems installation tips, control devices, and panel functionality. The CANASA Level 2 course is a more advanced version of Level 1 and includes additional topics such as multiplex systems, advanced panel features, partition and split arming, radio basics, wireless systems, and system troubleshooting.

CANASA will continue to provide the course work for those interested in taking it, in CD based self-study format as well as classroom in all cities across Canada. "The opportunity with Sheridan provides both a revenue stream for the association to continue to invest in future programs but more importantly, will enable the industry to "raise the bar" in terms of the education and professionalism of those working in the industry," concluded Cannata.

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