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Security System Installer Examination

IMPORTANT: This qualification examination's questions do not take into account the adopted amendments to the new version of the Quebec Construction Code, Chapter 1, Building, and National Building Code that came into force june 15, 2015.

The examination is 3 hours long. It contains 58 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials for your use during the examination are provided to you. They are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill Content on Which Questions May Be Based

Section 1 - Installation of Security Systems and Connection to the Central Monitoring Station (70%)

  • Interpretation of plans
  • Preparation of equipment and tools
  • Access system, intrusion alarm systems and fire alarm, camera and intercom
  • Types and quantities of cabling and wiring
  • Control panel
  • Installation and connection of peripheral components
  • Configuration of components
  • System verification
  • Connection with the central station
  • Application of the security code

Section 2 - Maintenance and Repair (30%)

  • Troubleshooting
  • Physical repairs
  • Changes in software
  • Tests
  • Replacement of components
  • System maintenance
  • Verification procedure with the central monitoring station
  • Application of ULC standards

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination.

Suggested documentation 

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.
  • ACNOR, Electrician Self – Assessment Tool, Canadian Standards Association (CSA). 2002, 1 cédérom, 4 ¾ en anglais, contenant une banque de 1 000 questions et une simulation de l’examen interprovincial Sceau rouge.
    Phone : 514 428-2418 ou 1 200 463-6727
    Fax : 514 694-5001
    www.shop.csa.ca

  • CANADIAN STANDARDS ASSOCIATION (CSA). Québec Construction Code, Chapter V – Electricity, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I (Twenty-first Edition) with Québec Amendments, Mississauga, CSA, 2010, 652 p. (Standard C22.10-10)
    Phone: 514 428-2418 or 1 800 463-6727
    Fax: 514 694-5001
    www.shop.csa.ca

    or

  • Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec
    Phone: 514 738-2184 or 1 800 361-9061
    Fax: 514 738-2192 or 1 888 390-2637
    www.cmeq.org

  • NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA (NRCC); CANADIAN COMMISSION ON BUILDING AND FIRE CODES.
    • National Building Code of Canada 2010, 13th ed., Ottawa, NRCC, 2010, 1280 p. (2 v., softcover)
    • National Fire Code of Canada 2010, 9th ed., Ottawa, NRCC, 2010, 370 p. (softcover)
      Phone: 1 800 672-7990 or 1 613 993-2463
      Fax: 1 613 952-7673
      www.cnrc.gc.ca
  • UNDERWRITERS’ LABORATORIES OF CANADA (ULC).
    • Standard Control Units for Fire Alarm Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2011, (CAN/ULC-S527-11-EN)
    • Standard Equipment for Fire Signal Receiving Centers and Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2004, (CAN/ULC-S559-04-EN)
    • Standard Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2004, (CAN/ULC-S536-04-EN)
    • Standard Installation and Classification of Burglar Alarm Systems for Financial and commercial Premises, Safes and Vaults, ULC, 1991, (CAN/ULC-S302-M91-EN)
    • Standard Installation and Classification of Residential Burglar Alarm Systems, Toronto, ULC, 1991, (CAN/ULC-S310-M91-EN) 
    • Standard Installation and Services for Fire Signal Receiving Centres and Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2003, (CAN/ULC-S561-03-EN-V2)
    • Standard Installation of Fire Alarm Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2006, (CAN/ULC-S524-06-AM1-EN)
    • Standard Verification of Fire Alarm Systems, Toronto, ULC, 2004, (CAN/ULC-S537-04-EN)
      Phone: 1 866 937-3852
      Fax: 1 416 757-8727
      www.ul.com 
    • Web sites of security systems suppliers (This list is not exhaustive): 
      www.americandynamics.net 
      www.cdvi.com 
      www.dmp.com 
      www.dsc.com 
      www.kantech.com 
      www.notifier.com 
      www.paradox.com 
      www.pelco.com 
      www.security.honeywell.com