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Security Fire Alarm Installer

Description:

A security/fire alarm installer installs, services or maintains security/fire alarm systems to detect and signal smoke, fire, intrusion, break-in, or movement. A license is not required to install alarm systems on motor vehicles, boats or airplanes. However, a security/fire alarm installer license is required for those who install "hard-wired" security/fire alarms and detectors. A license is not required to install battery-operated smoke/fire detection devices.

Age Requirement:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Licensing Requirements:

Applicants may apply for a New York State security/fire alarm installer license to install security/fire alarm systems anywhere within New York State, based upon one of the following qualifying categories:

  1. Examination and Education
    If you are at least 18 years of age and new to the business, you must pass a written examination, file an application for licensure accompanied by the original passed exam notice, and provide proof of completion of at least 60 hours of qualifying education along with acceptable, prepaid fingerprint cards to the New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services.
  2. Experience and Education
    If you have acquired at least 2 years of experience in installing, servicing or maintaining security/fire alarm systems (3,500 working hours, at 35 hours per week for 100 weeks) within New York State between October 1, 1989 and September 30, 1992, you may qualify for a security/fire alarm installer license without taking an examination. You must submit an application for licensure that includes proof of appropriate experience, proof of completion of the 60 hours of qualifying education and acceptable, prepaid fingerprint cards to the New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services.
  3. Licensed Master Electricians
    If you want a New York Statewide license, you must file an application for licensure that includes proof of licensure as a master electrician and acceptable, prepaid fingerprint cards. By virtue of your being licensed as a master electrician, education, experience, and exam requirements are waived.

Licensed master electricians who wish only to practice in their local jurisdiction(s) may file an application for registration with the New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, providing proof of licensure as a master electrician. Documented master electricians are exempt from all otherwise necessary licensing requirements.

The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Department of State website at http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/

Fees:  (as of August 1, 2012)

  • $15 -- Written examination
  • $75 -- Division of Criminal Justice Services fingerprints fee and an applicable fingerprint vendor fee (payable to MorphoTrust USA)
  • $185 -- License, 2-year term
  • $100 -- License renewal, 2-year term
Master Electrician (Statewide)
  • $75 -- Division of Criminal Justice Services fingerprints fee and an applicable fingerprint vendor fee (payable to MorphoTrust USA)
  • $200 -- License, 2-year term
  • $100 -- License renewal, 2-year term
Master Electrician (Local Only)
  • $50 -- Registration, 2-year term

Licenses Issued and Active:

From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, there were 1,708 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of June 25, 2012, there were 3,675 active licenses outstanding for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648
E-mail: licensing@dos.ny.gov

Standard Occupational Classification:

49-2098 - Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
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Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 8/3/12.

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