Licensure with the Board

It is unlawful for a person to practice in the alarm system business in this State without being licensed in accordance with the South Carolina Alarm Systems Business Act.

Qualifications for Licensure

To qualify for licensure, the licensure applicant shall file a written application on forms approved by the Board (available on this website) and include the following:

  1. Fee
  2. Certificate of Liability Insurance listing the SC Contractors' Licensing Board as Certificate Holder
  3. Technical Examinations Score Sheet(s) and Code of Laws Score Sheets from PSI
  4. Completed Document 130 (Initial License Application) including NTS Level I certificate of completion for burglar alarms and fire alarms or NICET Level II certificate of completion for fire alarms
  5. Criminal background check for the entity's principal officers, all qualifying parties, and registered employees for all states in which the individual has lived within the past 10 years
  6. A certificate of comprehensive general liability insurance providing for the following minimum coverage: one hundred thousand dollars due to bodily injury, death, or destruction of property as the result of the negligent act or acts of the principal insured. The policy must be purchased from an insurer or licensed agent authorized to do business in this state.
Licensure Information and Terminology

Primary qualifying party - a qualifying party who is an owner, partner, or officer of a burglar alarm system business, or a full-time employee holding a managerial or supervisory position within the alarm system business and who qualifies the licensee to engage in the burglar or fire alarm business and is registered with the department.

Qualifying party - an individual, owner, partner, officer, or employee of an alarm system business who has met the necessary requirements of a qualifying party and is registered with the department.

All licensure applicants must designate a Primary Qualifying Party who is an owner, partner, or officer of a burglar alarm system business, or a full-time employee holding a management position.

Registered means an owner, partner, principle officer, qualifying party, or registered employee of an alarm business whose name and address has been listed or registered with the department as an individual who has access to a client's property or burglar alarm records that can reveal, but not be limited to, the type of burglar alarm system, burglar alarm security numbers or code, or any other information pertaining to the system that could compromise the client's burglar alarm system. This includes individuals who sell, install, or service a burglar alarm system at a client's residence and a full-time employee. Also included is a part-time employee that has access to customers' records or files.

Branch Offices- All burglar alarm system business branch offices are required to submit an application, certificate of liability insurance and separate license fee for each location. The branch office license authorizes the branch office to conduct business under the name of the licensed entity (main office). The licensed entity (main office) must apply for the branch office license prior to opening the branch office and must not conduct business from the branch office until the application has been approved by the department and a license number has been issued for the branch office. Each burglar alarm system business branch office doing business in this State must have a primary qualifying party assigned to that branch office location exclusively. This primary qualifying party may not be a primary qualifying party for any other business location.

Registered Employees

Registered Employee means an individual of an alarm system business who has not met the requirements of a qualifying party and is employed more than thirty days in any given calendar year and is registered with the department

Identification Requirement: All applicants must submit a copy of their driver’s license and social security card with the Registered Employee application.

The Registered Employee application, Doc #126, has been updated and is effective immediately, and shows “Document 126 (1/20)" in the bottom left footer. Previous versions of this application will not be accepted after March 1, 2020. Additionally, the online version of this application is no longer available at this time.

Registered means an owner, partner, principle officer, qualifying party, or registered employee of an alarm business whose name and address has been listed or registered with the department as an individual who has access to a client's property or burglar alarm records that can reveal, but not be limited to, the type of burglar alarm system, burglar alarm security numbers or code, or any other information pertaining to the system that could compromise the client's burglar alarm system. This includes individuals who sell, install, or service a burglar alarm system at a client's residence and a full-time employee. Also included is a part-time employee that has access to customers' records or files.

Doc #126 – Add Registered Employee Application Form

Delete a Registered Employee - Doc #127

The licensee must conduct a criminal background check of any applicant for employment and report the results to the department in conjunction with the registration process of an employee.

Examination Requirements

The qualifying party or primary qualifying party must take the required exam(s) for the license to be obtained prior to applying for the license with the SC Contractor’s Licensing Board. The required PSI exams are:

  • Burglar Alarm Exam and/or;
  • Fire Alarm Exam
  • Alarm Code of Laws

Study material resources can be found on page three (3) of the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin. In the PSI Candidate Bulletin, select your exams and submit the registration form to PSI.

All burglar alarm examinees must be NTS Level I or II certified.

All fire alarm examinees must be either NTS Level I or II certified, or NICET Level II or III certified.

NTS (National Training School – SC Alarm Association): 803-252-0580

NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies): www.nicet.org or 888-476-4238