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South Carolina

Commercial Burglar Alarm Contractor

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South Carolina Contractor’s Licensing Board
Synergy Business Park - Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, SC  29210
Phone: (803) 896-4686
Exam Provider
PSI Licensure: Certification
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV  89121
Phone:  (855) 340-3701
Exam Type
OPEN  BOOK
Exam Content
Content Areas# of
Questions
General Electrical Knowledge14
Low Voltage9
Intrusion Detection & Alarm Systems10
Alarm Technology17
Total number of test questions:
50
Time allowed (hours):
3.0

In addition to the trade-specific examination, you will be required to pass the Alarm Code of Laws Exam offered by PSI.

Books Allowed in the Exam
1.
National Electrical Code (NFPA-70), [or] National Electrical Code Handbook, 2017, NFPA
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2.
Understanding and Servicing Alarm Systems, 3rd Edition, H. William Trimmer
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3.
Security: A Guide to Security Design and Equipment Selection and Installation, 2nd Edition, 1994, Neil Cummings
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4.
Security Industry Dictionary, 2nd Edition (see bulletin for ordering info), NBFAA
 
5.
Certified Alarm Technicians Manual - Level 1, 2017, NBFAA (can only be obtained by taking a 22 hour course through PSI. Cost $400)
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The bulletin calls out an NEC version with "SC modifications" that can be found on the NFPA web site.  This is false.  NFPA does not provide localized versions of the code.

If you want to see the exact code modifications to the NEC (only effects two sections: 90 & 210), you'll have to start on this web page: Building Codes Council and work your way up from the 2005 version which is where they started.  Where it says "Continued", go to the previous version to find the change.

QUESTION:  “What is the difference between the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the NEC Handbook?”.  The Handbook has the same content as the NEC book with additional drawings and explainations inserted.

The Handbook was designed for engineers and inspectors.  The typical exam candidate should not use it as a prefered reference unless they are using it for inspection jobs in their day-to-day work.

Additional Recommended Books
1.
Ferm‘s Fast Finder Index, 2017, IAEI
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2.
Tom Henry‘s Key Word Index, 2017, Tom Henry
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We highly recommend that you purchase one of the reference books above to study for your exam.  Each book is a comprehensive subject index to the NEC.  They provide an even faster way to look up answers in the code and are far more detailed than the index at the end of the code book.

3.
Ugly‘s Electrical References, 2017, George Hart
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The book above contains practical applications of the NEC such as Ohm‘s Law, series/parallel circuits, voltage drop, load calculations, motor phases, impediance, inductance and math formulas you are expected to know.  The "Basic Knowledge" covered in the exam is assumed and sometimes not listed as a subject. This book also covers subjects listed as "Calculations and Theory".

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