National Credential
Credential: Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST)  GI Bill resource  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)

Electronic Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Certified Alarm Security Technicians (CAST) must be able to identify and describe the operations of alarms and have basic understanding of technology and its configuration, fiber optics telecommunications, software, and computers and locks. The CAST should be able to explain, understand, and use block diagrams and schematics, digital concepts, software, hand tools soldering, data communications, and cameras and intercoms. The certification may be considered a journeyman level or stand alone credential. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 4 years

Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 1C Satellite Systems/Network Coordinator ASI other          
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 94E Radio Equipment Repairer MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 4 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I)
5 Depot Street
Greencastle, IN  46135
Phone: (800) 288-3824
Fax: (765) 653-4287
Email: eta@eta-i.org

Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST)

  • Technology and Configuration
  • Alarms
  • Cameras and Intercoms
  • Components
  • Cabling & Connectors
  • Interfacing
  • Locks
  • Block Diagrams and Schematics
  • Troubleshooting
  • Computers & Digital Concepts
  • Hand Tools - Soldering
  • Data Communications & Software
  • Mathematics

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST) is renewable every four years. Certification holders must earn 10 continuing education credits per year, for a total of 40 hrs over the term of the certification and submit annually to receive credit. Must also provide employer verification of work in an applicable field.   

    Detailed information related to the recertification process, associated fees and forms can be obtained on the ETA-I website.

    Note: If the four year term for the CAST is exceeded without renewal by certification maintenance, and the certification expires, then the certification holder will be required to retake the current version of the examination and will then again be eligible for the certification maintenance.

Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST)

Additional considerations for the Certified Alarm Security Technician (CAST) include:

  • A technician with two or more years of combined work and electronics training may apply for the Journeyman exam. Requirements include two or more years of combined work and electronics training and achievement of the Associate CET (CETa)
  • A technician with six or more years of combined work and electronics training may apply for the Senior level certification. To be a Senior Certified Electronics Technician (CETsr) candidates must pass the Associate level exam plus one of the specialized Journeyman options.
  • For Master Certified Electronics Technician (CETma), candidates must pass the Associate level exam plus any six of the specialized Journeyman options.