Private Alarm Contractor Licensure

License Eligibility Requirements

Illinois Private Alarm Contractor License
Eligibility Requirements

All of the following must be true:

  • Minimum 21 years of age.
  • No felony convictions in the last 10 years.
  • Not currently suffering from alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Possess good moral character.
  • Not been dishonorably discharged from the military.

Additionally, Illinois’s Private Alarm Contractor license requires that the applicant possess a minimum of three years (out of the last 5 years) of qualifying full-time experience. Note that the IDFPR considers a “year” to be at least 1,500 hours. Any combination of qualifying experience that totals three years will allow an applicant to sit for the examination. The following experience will count toward the Private Alarm Contractor eligibility requirement:

  • A four-year degree or higher in electrical engineering or a related field will count as two years.
  • Working as a fulltime manager with a Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC) for a licensed private alarm contractor agency or for an entity that designs, sells, installs, services, or monitors alarm systems.
  • Successful completion of a national certification program will count for one year. There is no definition regarding what constitutes a national certification program. Presumably, a NICET, CPP (ASIS) or similar certification will count.

Note that there is some ambiguity in the stated alarm experience requirements in our licensure act.


If you have any questions regarding your experience or eligibility to become a licensed alarm contractor, contact the Illinois Electronic Security Association’s legal counsel:

Williams & Nickl, LLC

IESA’s Legal Counsel
Edward W. Williams
(312) 335-9470
Williams & Nickl, LLC