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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 Services LLC
3210 E. Tropicana Ave
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] The 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.
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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5.
NTC Blue Book: Low Voltage Systems Handbook, 2020, NTC
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6.
Ugly's Electrical References, 2020, George Hart
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NOTICE:  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: South Carolina 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 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
1a.
Ferm’s Fast Finder Index, 2017, IAEI
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1b.
Tom Henry's Key Word Index, 2017, Tom Henry
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We highly recommend that you purchase one of the two NEC index 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 subjects covered in the exam and are far more detailed than the index at the end of the code book.

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