BICSI and NBFAA Sign Honorary Friendship Agreement

Jan. 22, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. , Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, BICSI and the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) entered into an honorary friendship agreement, to promote further growth and development of global information transport systems (ITS) and Electronic Life Safety and Security (ELSS) systems. The official agreement was signed today by Mr. Edward J. Donelan , RCDD, NTS, TLT, BICSI President, and Mr. Michael Miller , President of NBFAA.


"This agreement creates new opportunity for our members, between industries, in a time of rapid technology integration and fast moving business developments," Donelan said. "We look forward to a future complete with great reciprocal working relationships with all the professional members in the highly regarded NBFAA. As a result of this agreement, our training, education and certification is paramount to demonstrate a high degree of competence and professionalism."

The two organizations plan to engage in a variety of cooperative activities, including exchanging visits and views between the members of the two entities in order to promote a qualified and skilled work force; promoting and developing reciprocal training, education and certifications of ITS and ELSS design and installation professionals; and pursuing other cooperative activities as appropriate.

BICSI believes that this relationship will enhance and expand BICSI's dedicated outreach and also will add significantly to its NxtGEN Outreach Programs. NBFAA sees this relationship as the quickest, most efficient approach to widening the educational horizons for the members of both associations.

"NBFAA is excited at the prospect of offering our members an even greater selection of education and training to build a bridge between technologies that are fast becoming the cornerstone of the solutions they provide. We also look forward to offering training, education and certification to BICSI professionals to help them to capitalize on the integration of the IT and the electronic security worlds. Rapid technological advances make partnerships like this one a vital part of our workforce development effort," said Miller.

BICSI previously signed similar friendship agreements with InfoComm in 2005, and TIA in 2006 and again in 2008. Cross functional relationships among entities with common goals add significantly to the benefits offered to the membership of these organizations. BICSI will continue to reach out to like-minded groups in an endeavor to enhance the knowledge base of their membership.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 25,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida , USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 140 countries. For more information, visit


NBFAA, a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association, is the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated to representing, promoting, and supporting the electronic life safety, security, and systems industry. Member companies specialize in a wide spectrum of services to commercial and residential consumers, including security and fire alarms, video surveillance, access control and monitoring. In cooperation with a federation of state associations, NBFAA provides government advocacy and delivers timely information, professional development tools, products and services that members use to grow and prosper their businesses. The NBFAA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at


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