Fire Alarm Installer

License required by 39 states

10th most burdensome licensing requirements.

18th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Fire alarm installers install, program, maintain or repair fire alarm wiring and equipment, and ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. This report looks at what is required to run one’s own fire alarm installation business at the commercial level.

Thirty-nine states require a license to work as a fire alarm installer. On average, these laws require $557 in fees, about two and a half years (915 days) of education and experience, and around two exams—the 10th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied here. The occupation is the 18th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary widely across states. For example, Connecticut and Tennessee each require six years (2,190 days) of education or experience, but five states require no education or experience. Similarly, five states require four exams, but two require none. Fees also vary, from $0 in Kansas to $1,665 in Louisiana.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Connecticut 39 $435 2190 6 years 3 0 18
2 Tennessee 39 $985 2190 2 years 4 years 1 0 18
3 Louisiana 39 $1,665 1827 11 clock hours 5 years 4 0 18
4 Arkansas 39 $1,443 1825 5 years 4 0 18
5 Iowa 39 $1,208 1825 5 years 3 0 0
6 Nevada 39 $1,545 1460 4 years 2 0 18
7 Washington 39 $676 1471 48 clock hours 4 years 4 0 16
8 Arizona 39 $956 1460 4 years 2 0 18
9 California 39 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
10 Hawaii 39 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
11 Oklahoma 39 $469 1460 4 years 2 0 18
12 Idaho 39 $335 1460 4 years 2 0 16
13 Oregon 39 $425 1095 3 years 1 12 18
14 Florida 39 $684 1095 3 years 2 0 18
15 Illinois 39 $328 1095 3 years 1 0 21
16 North Carolina 39 $175 1095 3 years 1 0 18
17 Minnesota 39 $261 1095 3 years 1 0 0
18 Massachusetts 39 $330 800 300 clock hours 2 years 2 12 0
19 Maine 39 $196 996 270 clock hours 4000 clock hours 1 0 0
20 Michigan 39 $1,045 730 2 years 4 0 20
21 West Virginia 39 $259 730 2 years 4 0 18
22 Delaware 39 $566 730 2 years 3 0 18
23 New Mexico 39 $462 730 2 years 3 0 18
24 New Jersey 39 $555 730 2 years 2 0 18
25 Alaska 39 $300 730 2 years 2 0 18
26 Virginia 39 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
27 Montana 39 $605 730 2 years 2 0 0
28 Vermont 39 $180 730 2 years 1 0 0
29 Nebraska 39 $85 730 2 years 1 0 0
30 Wyoming 39 $240 548 1.5 years 1 0 0
31 Georgia 39 $237 365 1 years 1 0 0
32 Mississippi 39 $1,090 72 28 clock hours 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
33 South Carolina 39 $345 4 22 clock hours 2 0 18
34 New York 39 $285 19 81 clock hours 1 0 18
35 Texas 39 $700 0 2 0 0
36 Rhode Island 39 $462 0 2 0 0
37 Alabama 39 $425 0 1 0 0
38 D C 39 $266 0 0 0 0
39 Kansas 39 $0 0 0 0 0

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