Security Alarm Installer

License required by 37 states

12th most burdensome licensing requirements.

23rd most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Security alarm installers install, program, maintain or repair security 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 security alarm installation business only.

Thirty-seven states license security alarm installers. On average, these laws require $487 in fees, more than two years (836 days) of education and experience, and about two exams—the 12th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. The occupation ranks as the 23rd most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary greatly across states. While Connecticut and Tennessee require six years (2,190 days) of education and experience, six states require none. Similarly, Louisiana, Washington and West Virginia require four exams, but seven states require none. Fees range from $133 in Maryland to $1,481 in Louisiana.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Tennessee 37 $963 2190 2 years 4 years 1 0 18
2 Connecticut 37 $435 2190 6 years 3 0 18
3 Louisiana 37 $1,481 1829 22 clock hours 5 years 4 0 0
4 New Jersey 37 $168 1460 4 years 1 12 18
5 Washington 37 $676 1471 48 clock hours 4 years 4 0 16
6 California 37 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
7 Hawaii 37 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
8 Oklahoma 37 $518 1460 4 years 2 0 18
9 Idaho 37 $335 1460 4 years 2 0 16
10 Oregon 37 $425 1095 3 years 1 12 18
11 Florida 37 $684 1095 3 years 2 0 18
12 Utah 37 $599 1099 22 clock hours 3 years 3 0 0
13 Illinois 37 $328 1095 3 years 1 0 21
14 North Carolina 37 $175 1095 3 years 0 0 18
15 Rhode Island 37 $505 1095 3 years 1 0 0
16 Virginia 37 $650 1096 8 clock hours 3 years 0 0 0
17 Minnesota 37 $261 1095 3 years 1 0 0
18 Maine 37 $221 996 270 clock hours 4000 clock hours 1 0 0
19 Arkansas 37 $1,118 730 2 years 2 0 18
20 West Virginia 37 $259 730 2 years 4 0 18
21 New Mexico 37 $462 730 2 years 3 0 18
22 Massachusetts 37 $276 800 300 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
23 Iowa 37 $893 730 2 years 2 0 0
24 Montana 37 $472 730 2 years 1 0 18
25 Texas 37 $462 730 2 years 1 0 18
26 Wyoming 37 $240 548 1.5 years 1 0 0
27 Georgia 37 $237 365 1 years 1 0 0
28 Michigan 37 $625 0 1 12 21
29 Mississippi 37 $1,090 72 28 clock hours 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
30 South Carolina 37 $345 4 22 clock hours 2 0 18
31 New York 37 $287 19 81 clock hours 1 0 18
32 Alabama 37 $490 4 22 clock hours 2 0 0
33 Delaware 37 $260 0 0 0 18
34 Arizona 37 $192 0 0 0 18
35 Maryland 37 $133 0 0 0 18
36 Alaska 37 $300 0 0 0 0
37 D C 37 $266 0 0 0 0

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