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Fire Alarm Installer

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 34 states
18th most burdensome licensing requirements
19th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Fire alarm installers, also known as fire alarm technicians, install, program, maintain and repair fire alarm wiring and equipment and ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.

Summary

Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia require a license to work as a fire alarm installer. On average, these requirements cost aspiring fire alarm installers 486 days of education and training, $230 in licensing fees and require them to take one exam -- the 18th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

License requirements for fire alarm installers vary widely across states. For example, Wyoming only requires the installer to take one exam, and Oklahoma has only a $75 fee, whereas Vermont has the most burdensome requirements at more than five years lost to experience, $250 in fees and one exam. In 15 of the 34 states, alarm installers are required to have two or more years of experience, often to obtain a level of electrician's license, while another 18 states do not require any education or experience.

(Last updated April 30, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Vermont 250 2,001 1 0 0
2 Hawaii 380 1,460 2 0 18
3 Oregon 50 1,400 1 12 0
4 Idaho 80 1,460 1 0 0
5 Michigan 200 1,095 1 0 20
6 North Carolina 165 1,095 0 0 18
7 Arkansas 240 1,095 1 0 0
8 Minnesota 35 1,095 1 0 0
9 Maine 200 996 1 0 0
10 West Virginia 100 933 1 0 18
11 Washington 128 941 1 0 0
12 Texas 58 733 1 0 18
13 Connecticut 180 730 1 0 0
14 New Mexico 186 730 0 0 0
15 Mississippi 150 730 0 0 0
16 Massachusetts 330 0 1 12 0
17 Delaware 133 0 3 0 18
18 Nevada 1036 0 1 0 0
19 Tennessee 310 0 1 0 21
20 New York 275 14 1 0 18
21 South Carolina 0 0 2 0 18
22 Montana 104 0 1 0 18
23 Rhode Island 440 0 1 0 0
24 Arizona 645 0 0 0 0
25 Georgia 330 0 1 0 0
26 Louisiana 230 0 1 0 0
27 California 531 0 0 0 0
28 Utah 172 0 1 0 0
29 Virginia 345 0 0 0 0
30 Wyoming 0 0 1 0 0
31 Alaska 250 0 0 0 0
32 Alabama 100 0 0 0 0
33 Washington, D.C. 96 0 0 0 0
34 Oklahoma 75 0 0 0 0

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