Alarm licensing interest floods Minn.
ST.Ã‚Â PAUL,Ã‚Â Minn. - Although MinnesotaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Alarm & Communication Contractors License is scheduled to expire at the end of April and be replaced with a new law, its termination may be delayed because so many people are showing interest in taking the A&C exam.
According to John Schultz, executive secretary of the Minnesota Board of Electricity, the agency is receiving more than 100 applications per day for the A&C exam.
By taking the A&C exam now, those who pass it and pay a $30 application fee can convert that license into the new license without needing to take another exam or meet other requirements.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a window of opportunity,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Schultz. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Because of the change in law there is an opportunity for people to do work that would have been required to be done by a journeyman or master electrician.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Schultz said since the beginning of August, when the first phase of the new law went into effect, the agency has received more than 6,000 applications.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happening is that every low voltage company, regardless of what business they do, are having all their technicians take it,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Russ Ernst, immediate past president of the Minnesota Burglar and Fire Alarm Association. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The state expects theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have 7,000 taking the test.Ã¢â‚¬Â
To accommodate those interested, Schultz said the state will likely extend the April 30 deadline for taking the A&C exam.
Ernst said a new legislative initiative, that he characterized as a clean-up bill, is now underway. If passed, it would extend the A&C exam deadline to June 30.