Membership Benefits

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TMA Membership Information

The Monitoring Association is a national nonprofit trade organization for individuals or companies whose primary business is the operation of central station facilities.

Its purpose, from its founding in 1950 to the present, has been to foster and improve relationships among providers and users of TMA-approved NRTLs such as FM Approvals, Intertek/ETL and UL, and with agencies that have jurisdiction over, or regulate, such services.

Membership Benefits

For more details, download the TMA 2016 membership brochure and the 2016 TMA Resource Guide.

Watch our membership video and discover what TMA has to offer and listen to what our members are saying.

Membership in TMA provides company executives and other company members an opportunity to meet and discuss operational procedures, business referrals, mutual problems and industry developments.

Through TMA, members are alerted to legislative and regulatory actions affecting the alarm industry in general and the central station sector in particular.

TMA holds an annual meeting each fall in a beautiful resort setting, featuring seminars on the industry’s future, market trends and other topics.

mid-year meeting and trade show, ESX, gives members an additional opportunity to discuss issues and to chart TMA’s response to future challenges. Seminars on specialized topics are also held from time to time, such as the Ops Management Seminar.

Online courses provide convenient and high-quality training to central station operators, alarm employees, and customers on central station operations, false alarm reduction and alarm industry introduction. Members receive a discount per operator on some courses.

TMA’s staff maintains liaisons with government agencies and groups such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and organizations in the insurance industry, as well as related groups such as the Electronic Security Association and the Security Industry Association.

Through the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), TMA works to protect members’ interests in the area of government affairs and regulation.

AICC retains attorneys and professional lobbyists to work with Congress and regulatory agencies to help insure that central stations are able to operate in the most efficient manner.

It works with the Federal Communications Commission, for example, to coordinate the exclusive radio frequencies allocated to central stations.

The TMA Five Diamond Central Station Program, exclusive to TMA members, provides differentiation in the marketplace by recognizing the commitment of these companies to excellence in employee education, customer service, operational standards, and the reduction of false dispatches.

TMA publications include its quarterly TMA Dispatch newsletter, its TMA Signals e-mail newsletter, its online Membership Directory, and publications reflecting the work of TMA  committees in such areas as false alarm reduction and industry standards.

A Practical Guide to Central Station Burglar Alarm Systems emphasizes the advantages of central station service to the insurance and law enforcement communities.

Types of Membership

Section 1. Classes of Membership. The membership of this Association shall be divided into voting and non-voting classes. “Listed” is defined as any firm, corporation, or division of a corporation, for which participation in the installation, service, monitoring, and response to burglar and fire and/or other related alarms constitutes a significant portion of its business, which operates a central station that has been approved by FM, listed by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL), Intertek/(ETL) or other Association-approved NRTL.

  1. Voting
    • a. Listed Central Station – Regional Company
    • b. Listed Central Station – National Company
    • c. Listed Central Station – Contract Monitoring
    • d. Listed Central Station – Proprietary
  2. Non-voting
    • a. Non-Listed Monitoring Company – Alarm (Remote Station, video, Residential-only etc.)
    • b. Non-Listed Monitoring Company – Company with non-listed monitoring services that are primarily outside traditional fire and security monitoring
    • c. Associate Member – Vendors whose business provides goods or services to monitoring companies
    • d. Security Technology Services Provider – Company providing security services without their own central station
    • e. International Member – Any business entity that offers security services exclusively outside of North America
    • f. Press Member. Any business entity engaged in the business of writing, editing, or publishing any newspaper, magazine, book, or other print or broadcast media
    • g. Consultant Member. Any person or business entity whose only activity in the security industry consists of the provision of consulting services to the members of the Association.

Applicants for each class of membership agree to conduct themselves and their businesses in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Association.

How to Apply for Membership?

Applicants for membership, in each class, shall submit a written application for review by the Membership Committee.

To begin the application process please contact Celia Besore, Vice President of Membership and Programs, at 703-242-4670, Ext. 18, or if you have any additional questions.

Is the Membership Transferable?

The membership is held by the company and it is not transferable. If a change in the control of a member occurs,

  • the membership shall be suspended; and,
  • such member shall reapply for membership.

If such applicant is approved, such membership shall be reinstated without payment of initiation fees. If not approved, membership shall terminate.

For further information about TMA membership, contact:

Celia Besore, TMA Vice President of Membership and Programs
8150 Leesburg Pike, Suite 700
Vienna, VA 22182
Telephone 703-242-4670; ext. 18
Fax: 703-242-4675