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What Does a Security Alarm Installer Do?

Security alarm installers are natural problem-solvers. Also called security alarm technicians, they install security systems and alarm devices in businesses and homes. They maintain the units through inspections and warranty requests. During installation, security alarm installers follow blueprints of electrical layouts and building plans to determine the most efficient way to install the equipment. They are trained to mount and fasten control panels, door and window contacts, sensors and video cameras, and attach electrical and telephone wiring to connect the components. Security alarm installers ensure that their work is in accordance with relevant codes.

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A security alarm installer adjusts a surveillance camera
The demand for security alarm installers is expected to grow quickly over the next decade. (Credit: ALPA PROD/Shutterstock)
A Day In the Life
Casey Williams, security alarm tech, stands by a security system in ADT offices
A Day In the Life

Casey Williams first started working at ADT in the mailroom when he was 18. It didn't take long for his curiosity to kick in.

He soon began training to become a security technician.

"Within a few years, I worked my way up into management, and that’s when I realized that training, coaching and mentoring were my passion," says Casey.

Now he's an accomplished senior technical training specialist who helps others learn the ins and outs of the trade.  

"I help technicians advance their skills, which will inevitably help save lives." And that's one of the most satisfying parts of the job.

Learn what else Casey has to say about being in the security technician field.

Job Responsibilities
  • Read blueprints, schematics and sketches of security systems
  • Install electrical components and equipment
  • Feed cables through access holes, roof spaces and cavity walls
  • Wire low-voltage circuits
  • Mount and fasten security equipment 
  • Mount wiring raceways or channels, and fasten wires framing
  • Test backup batteries, keypad programming, sirens and all security features
  • Diagnose malfunctions
  • Demonstrate systems for customers and explain details 
Education + Training

Most employers require a high school diploma or GED certificate. The two most common requirements for installers include a low-voltage electrician license or a speciality certification license from a vocational or technical school program.

While states can implement statewide regulations, your local jurisdiction may also have its own licensing requirements. You may need an electrician license in one jurisdiction and not need any licensing requirements in another. However, a low-voltage license does not allow you to do electrical wiring. You must have an electrical license to wire into electrical panels.

Security Alarm Tech / Installer License and Certificate Requirements

You may need a state license before you can begin working as a Security Alarm Tech / Installer in your state, but most states have different requirements, license fees, and application forms. The good news - we make it super easy for you to find what you need to get your Security Alarm Tech / Installer License. Enter your zip code to get started.

  • Have excellent problem-solving skills
  • Are good at math
  • Can communicate well
  • Are skilled with hand and power tools
  • Are able to see the full spectrum of colors (not color blind), as installers need to identify wires by color

Security Alarm Tech / Installer Training in Your Area

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Home Automation Certificate

Wilkes Community College
Wilkesboro (807.6 Miles)
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Fire Alarm Systems Training

Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington (1,014.8 Miles)
Palm Beach State College logo

Low Voltage Technician Certificate

Palm Beach State College
Lake Worth (1,165.6 Miles)
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Inside Wireman Apprenticeship

Palomar College
San Marcos (1,240.6 Miles)
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Digital Home Technology Integration Certificate

American River College
Sacramento (1,397.7 Miles)

Alarm Technician

Southwestern Community College (NC)
Sylva (707.0 Miles)

Telecommunications and Security Technology Diploma

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Valdosta (826.4 Miles)

Electrical Systems Technology, A.A.S.

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (950.2 Miles)

Electrical Systems Technology Diploma

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (950.2 Miles)

Electrical Systems Technology Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (950.2 Miles)

Wiring Methods Certificate

Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh (950.2 Miles)

Security Systems for Home and Small Businesses

Contra Costa College
San Pablo (1,455.3 Miles)

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