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Security 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
12th most burdensome licensing requirements
17th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Security alarm installers, also known as security alarm technicians, install, program, maintain and repair security 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 security alarm installer. On average, these requirements cost aspiring security alarm installers 535 days of education and training, $213 in licensing fees and require them to take one exam -- the 12th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

License requirements for security alarm installers vary widely across states. For example, Delaware only requires the installer to register,
whereas Vermont has the most burdensome requirements at more than five years lost to experience, $250 in fees and one exam. In 17 of the 34 states, security alarm installers are required to have a year or more of experience, often to obtain a level of electrician's license, while another 14 states do not require any education or experience.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Vermont 250 2,001 1 0 0
2 Michigan 200 1,460 1 12 25
3 Hawaii 380 1,460 2 0 18
4 Oklahoma 50 1,400 1 12 0
5 Idaho 80 1,460 1 0 0
6 Illinois 832 1,099 1 0 0
7 Florida 628 1,095 0 0 18
8 North Carolina 165 1,095 0 0 18
9 Minnesota 70 1,095 1 0 0
10 California 156 933 1 0 18
11 West Virginia 100 933 1 0 18
12 Washington 128 941 1 0 0
13 Texas 58 733 1 0 18
14 Oregon 50 730 1 0 0
15 New Mexico 186 730 0 0 0
16 Tennessee 310 420 1 0 21
17 Georgia 72 365 0 0 0
18 Massachusetts 330 0 1 12 0
19 New York 275 60 1 0 18
20 Nevada 1036 0 1 0 0
21 Connecticut 142 168 0 0 0
22 South Carolina 0 0 2 0 18
23 Montana 104 0 1 0 18
24 Louisiana 280 0 1 0 0
25 Rhode Island 205 0 0 0 18
26 Maryland 150 0 0 0 18
27 Utah 172 0 1 0 0
28 Virginia 100 3 0 0 18
29 Wyoming 0 0 1 0 0
30 Arizona 320 0 0 0 0
31 Alaska 250 0 0 0 0
32 Washington, D.C. 96 0 0 0 0
33 Arkansas 81 0 0 0 0
34 Delaware 0 0 0 0 0

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