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Alarms - Level 1

Carlos GuzmánObjective

Establish a base level of knowledge for professionals and technicians in the essential elements of design and installation of electronic intrusion alarms.

It should be noted that this is a Level 1 training course, as topics related to the basic concepts are taught to start the process of learning to install alarms.


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This certification course is aimed at managers, technical, operations and sales managers, sales and technical supervisors, salespeople and technicians in the essential elements of the design and installations of electronic intrusion detection alarms.

It is recommended for people who have at least 6 months of experience in the alarm industry. Those with several years of experience in the field will find the course valuable, and will be like a review of theory and practice, as well as an update on current trends. The main focus and goals of this program is the reduction of false alarms.


18 academic hours that include a final exam.

This course gives those who pass the Final Exam, an WINGS certificate. People who do not pass the exam receive a diploma of attendance. It is possible to take the course again, to repeat the exam and get the certificate.

Parts of the Course

This course has two stages:

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1. First Stage: Prerequisite

1.1. Methodology

The first part of the certification course is the preparatory program or pre-requisite, which aims to prepare the student for the technical program for alarm installers carried out by ALAS/CANASA. The course establishes a basic level of knowledge in mathematics, electronics, occupational safety and standards.

This part of the course is a requirement to complete the certification course and be able to continue with the next stage. The participant must obtain and read the prerequisite manual, as well as present and pass the corresponding exam.

1. 2.      Content

The preparatory course contains 5 sections:

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Part 1: Presents an overview and general introduction of the industry.
Part 2: Covers Mathematics applied to alarms, sum of fractions, hexadecimal numbering system and other similar topics.
Part 3: Covers basic electronics for the alarm industry. It explains the basic laws as well as the basic relationships that are used daily in the alarm industry.
Part 4: Considers the study of existing standards, both general and specific, related to the alarm industry. ULC and UL standards are explained, as well as other industry standards and the issuance of internal standards of companies and how they benefit us.
Part 5: Covers workplace safety in the alarm industry. Personal safety and that of other people are covered. Both commercial and residential issues are discussed.

2. Second Stage: Didactic Course

Level 1 of the certification course was designed as the first course in a training program to establish a knowledge base level.

2.1 Methodology:

Lectures with PowerPoint presentation, group discussions, hands-on work led. Active participation is requested. The student has full freedom to ask questions pertinent to the topics presented and is encouraged to share his ideas and experiences with the instructor and other participants. At the time of entering the course, a didactic manual is given to the student.

2.2 Content:

This level consists of seven sections:

Section One: Provides a general introduction to the LEVEL 1 ALAS/CANASA program, and other professional development programs for the alarm industry.

Section Two: Provides 10 steps for planning the procedure for preparing for installation.

Section Three: Provides practical examples for using multimeters in the daily routine of an alarm installer.

Section Four: It is an introduction to control panels, focusing on the connection of devices, control functions and outputs.

Section Five: Discuss the most popular input devices. You will go over the different types of devices and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each type, as well as the considerations of false alarms.

Section Six: Provides a comprehensive appreciation of communication requirements. You will learn what monitored local systems are, evaluating their differences. The installation of the telephone connector and digital communications are also thoroughly covered, in addition to other methods that monitor the systems used in Canada and other countries.

Section Seven: Review the system design from the installer's perspective. In this last part of the program, it is reviewed how to design a system by collecting the necessary information already covered to obtain quality systems free of false alarms.

About the Instructors

Carlos Guzmán Díaz is an international security consultant and specialist in the integration of electronic security systems, with a specialization in project engineering. He has been a consultant for more than 20 years in areas of: preparation of risk studies and plans for disaster situations, security studies and risk analysis, among others. Throughout his career, Mr. Guzmán has held management positions in the technical and training area. He currently serves as Training Coordinator of the Latin American Association of Security (ALAS), teaching courses in all Latin American countries.

Eduardo Güemes has a degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico City. He has about 25 years of experience in the electronic security industry, with an emphasis on intrusion alarms. Since 2004 he has been an instructor of the Alarm Technician course level 1, of ALAS CANASA, for Mexico, and since 2008 he is an instructor of the Technical course in Alarms level 2, of ALAS CANASA, for this country.

Gonzalo Francisco García is an electronics technician and international instructor Certified by ALAS – CANASA in the courses of Technician in alarms and access control. Technical Advisor to the Police in Córdoba, Argentina; Member of the Argentine - Mediterranean ASIS Chapter. He has worked in the design, advice and installation of electronic security systems for different security companies, banks, flow conveyors; he was head of the technical department of the security company General Industries Argentina S.A and currently serves as Regional Branch Manager Tellex S.A. in the Prov. of Córdoba and San Luís Santiago del Estero, Tucumán and Salta


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