Intruder Alarm

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In order to install an intruder alarm on a commercial basis in the Republic of Ireland, it is required to have a Private Security Authority (PSA) License.

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 PSA 74:2019, 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.

PSA 74:2019: EQA have produced a Summary checklist on PSA 74 (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.