Security Systems Installers and Workers


Education and Training Requirements

High School

Security systems installers and workers need good math skills, knowledge of electricity and electronics, and the ability to interact well with customers. Classes that help provide a solid foundation for this type of work are math, English, computers, electronics (if offered), and shop.

Postsecondary Education

A bachelor's degree is not required for this field. Most security systems installers and workers attend vocational schools and/or have an associate's degree. Technical knowledge of electronics and electricity is essential, so take classes in these subjects. Many schools offer programs in telecommunications and electrical utilities, which includes classes on electricity, electronics, fiber optics, and microwave transmissions. Classes in computers, English, business, and math are also beneficial.

Other Education or Training

Many security systems companies offer apprenticeship programs and on-the-job training with experienced security systems installers and workers. The training may last from one to two years.

Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Security Systems Installers and Repairers who wish to advance their skills can receive certification through vocational schools and industry associations. Licensing requirements vary by state and by occupation. For example, in New York State, entities that engage in the business of installing, servicing, or maintaining security or fire alarm systems must be licensed by the Department of State.

Other Requirements

Some states, such as New York, may require applicants to be at least 18 years old, have completed 81 hours of qualifying education, pass an alarm installer exam, have no criminal convictions, and submit proof of a fingerprint completion.

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Security systems installers and workers usually have several years of on-the-job training with experienced professionals. They may also have completed an education program to qualify for licensing in the state in which they work. The job requires technical skills, critical thinking, problem solving, quick thinking, and active listening. Security systems installers and workers must also have near vision to see objects up close; they also need good hand-eye coordination to handle tools and equipment. Installers and Workers must have solid communication skills to fulfill customers' needs. They must have strong knowledge of computers and electronics, and be knowledgeable about equipment policies and procedures and security systems regulations and codes.