Fire Alarm Installer

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.
License required by 39 states
10th most burdensome licensing requirements
18th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

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.

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Connecticut 39 $435.00 2,190 - 6 years 3 0 18
2 Tennessee 39 $985.00 2,190 2 years 4 years 1 0 18
3 Louisiana 39 $1,665.00 1,827 11 clock hours 5 years 4 0 18
4 Arkansas 39 $1,442.75 1,825 - 5 years 4 0 18
5 Iowa 39 $1,208.00 1,825 - 5 years 3 0 0
6 Nevada 39 $1,544.75 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
7 Washington 39 $676.40 1,471 48 clock hours 4 years 4 0 16
8 Arizona 39 $956.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
9 California 39 $579.00 1,460 - 4 years 3 0 18
10 Hawaii 39 $615.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
11 Oklahoma 39 $469.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 18
12 Idaho 39 $335.00 1,460 - 4 years 2 0 16
13 Oregon 39 $425.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 12 18
14 Florida 39 $683.75 1,095 - 3 years 2 0 18
15 Illinois 39 $327.75 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 21
16 North Carolina 39 $175.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 18
17 Minnesota 39 $261.00 1,095 - 3 years 1 0 0
18 Massachusetts 39 $330.00 800 300 clock hours 2 years 2 12 0
19 Maine 39 $196.00 996 270 clock hours 4000 clock hours 1 0 0
20 Michigan 39 $1,045.00 730 - 2 years 4 0 20
21 West Virginia 39 $259.00 730 - 2 years 4 0 18
22 Delaware 39 $566.00 730 - 2 years 3 0 18
23 New Mexico 39 $461.64 730 - 2 years 3 0 18
24 New Jersey 39 $555.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
25 Alaska 39 $300.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 18
26 Virginia 39 $320.00 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
27 Montana 39 $605.00 730 - 2 years 2 0 0
28 Vermont 39 $180.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 0
29 Nebraska 39 $85.00 730 - 2 years 1 0 0
30 Wyoming 39 $240.00 548 - 1.5 years 1 0 0
31 Georgia 39 $237.00 365 - 1 years 1 0 0
32 Mississippi 39 $1,090.00 72 28 clock hours 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
33 South Carolina 39 $345.00 4 22 clock hours - 2 0 18
34 New York 39 $284.95 19 81 clock hours - 1 0 18
35 Texas 39 $700.00 0 - - 2 0 0
36 Rhode Island 39 $462.00 0 - - 2 0 0
37 Alabama 39 $425.00 0 - - 1 0 0
38 D C 39 $266.00 0 - - 0 0 0
39 Kansas 39 $0.00 0 - - 0 0 0