UPDATE: As of the 1st April 2012 the NZSA have stopped representing vehicle security standards. I can only assume that the questions I have asked in such a public manner were too difficult for them to honestly respond to. With the extortion racket exposed for what it really is the NZSA have crawled under the nearest rock and are in denial that it ever happened!
This post remains here for historic reasons 🙂 (27/4/2012)
NZSA Installer Qualifications
So what is actually required to become an NZSA registered installer?
Let’s start off with what is claimed on the NZSA website: ” We even test and register the installers to make sure your security system is fitted correctly.”
It all looks very professional to an unknowing eye. So let’s start off with the test.
Here is my personal experience:
Just over two years ago I applied to become an NZSA member. I was then sent out an exam paper which stated that I had 30 minutes to complete it.
Exam Paper Muppetry!
Despite stating that the test should be completed in 30 minutes the covering letter stated that the test and payment should be returned within 6 months! WTF?
In other words, you can take as long as you want to do the exam. If you’re intellectually challenged then there is nothing stopping you from passing it on for someone else to fill in for you!
Having said that, the paper is easy as it is accompanied by a book explaining what good installation practices are. (even if somewhat out of date, but so too is the exam paper!) The book hints in an obvious way to what your multiple choice answers should be! Anyone with half a brain would be able to pass it, even those without any electrical or automotive knowledge!
I could go on but I think I have already made my point quite clear.
NZSA Standards for installers are nothing short of PATHETIC! I will be raising this point when I am finally invited to an NZSA Vehicle Security special interest meeting.
Who else has a vote of no confidence?