Minnesota sees an outpouring of interest in alarm licensing exam
March 6, 2003
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Although MinnesotaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Alarm & Communication Contractors License is scheduled to expire at the end of April and be replaced with a new law, its termination may be delayed because so many people are showing interest in taking the A&C exam.
According to John Schultz, executive secretary of the Minnesota Board of Electricity, the agency is receiving more than 100 applicants per day from people who want to take the A&C exam.
By taking the A&C exam now, those who pass it and pay a $30 application fee can convert that license into the new license without needing to take another exam or meet other requirements. The new licensing requirements for a Technology System Contractor and Power Limited Technology calls for a new test and 36-months of occupational experience, along with other items.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happening is that every low voltage company, regardless of what business they do, are having all their technicians take it,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Russ Ernst, immediate past president of the Minnesota Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and chairman of its legislative committee. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The state expects theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have 7,000 taking the test.Ã¢â‚¬Â
To accommodate those interested, Schultz said the state will likely extend the April 30 deadline for taking the A&C exam.
Ernst said a new legislative initiative, that he characterized as a clean-up bill, is now underway. If passed, it would extend the A&C exam deadline to June 30.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dynamite,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Ernst about the outpouring of interest. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more competition.Ã¢â‚¬Â