About TMA

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What is The Monitoring Association?

The Monitoring Association (TMA), formerly Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) is an internationally-recognized non-profit trade association that represents professional monitoring companies that are listed by a CSAA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, such as FM Approvals, Intertek/ETL or UL. TMA is legally entitled to represent its members before Congress and regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the industry. Since its incorporation in 1950, TMA has served its members’ interests through education, online training, meetings and conventions, certification, insurance, and industry standards.


TMA Beginnings

TMA was incorporated on November 30, 1950 in Illinois as the Central Station Electrical Protection Association. In 1989, the Association formally changed its name to the Central Station Alarm Association. In 2017, the Association was renamed “The Monitoring Association”.


TMA Mission

This mission of the Association is to advance the professional monitoring industry through education, advocacy, and public safety relationships.

Our vision is that the value of professional monitoring is universally understood.

Since its founding in 1950, TMA has worked to foster and improve relations between its members and various related groups–law enforcement and fire officials, the insurance industry, equipment suppliers and government/regulatory agencies.

Some of TMA’s major goals are:

  • false alarm reduction,
  • the development of industry standards to assure optimum central station performance levels,
  • and the enactment of telecommunications laws and regulations that promote fair competition.

As the Association continues to expand, its mission will also continue to evolve and grow.


Other Goals

In addition, TMA recognizes other goals essential to the well-being of its members, including, but not limited to:

  • Working with law enforcement, fire and insurance industry officials;
  • Working with and serving on National Fire Protection Association committees;
  • Involving TMA with the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), which lobbies Congress and the FCC on behalf of members’ interests;
  • Investigating, involving itself with, and reporting on potential future technologies; and
  • Conducting annual meetings, seminars, legislative conferences and other gatherings of benefit to the industry.