For companies entering the industry for the first time, the first step is to obtain a temporary license from the PSA. The temporary license gives contractors the opportunity to install the required number of alarm systems (4) needed to proceed with certification. In order to obtain a temporary license, it is necessary to register with a Certification Body (the PSA look for evidence of registration as part of their application pack).
In order to obtain a full license for Intruder Alarm Installation, it is necessary to have an audit against the SR 40:2005 (Electronic Security Services – Intruder Alarm, Access Control and CCTV Systems), I.S. EN 50131-1:2006 (Alarm Systems – Intrusion and Hold-Up Systems – Part 1: System Requirements) and I.S. CLC/TS 50131-7:2003 (Alarm Systems-Intrusion Systems Part 7: Application Guidelines) standards.
SR 40: EQA have produced a guidance document on SR 40 (Link). This standard includes sections on Company Organization (e.g. Tax Clearance and Insurance), Staffing (e.g. Selection and Screening of Staff), Training and Operations.
EN 50131: EQA have produced a guidance document on EN 50131 (Link). The EN 50131 standards include the technical requirements for Alarm Installation. For initial Certification the PSA require certification bodies to inspect a minimum of four Installed Intruder alarms, this reduces to a minimum of 2 for all subsequent audits.