About TMA

TMA Mission

Our mission is to promote and advance premiere professional monitoring to our consumers and first responders through education, advocacy, and the creation of standards. 

Our vision:  A safer world through professional monitoring.


The Monitoring Association (TMA), formerly the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), is an internationally-recognized non-profit trade association that represents professional monitoring companies, including those listed by a TMA-approved Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, such as UL, FM Global, or Intertek/ETL, as well as unlisted companies,  integrators, and providers of products and services to the industry. Incorporated in 1950, TMA represents its members before Congress and regulatory agencies on the local, state and federal levels, and other authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) over the industry.

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.”

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.

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.