To work as a security and fire alarm systems installer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some security and fire alarm systems installers complete formal training programs. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer programs in electrical systems (usually low voltage). In these programs, you learn the principles of electricity and electrical circuitry. You also learn the specifics of installing different types of systems as well as local area building codes.
Most security and fire alarm systems installers learn their skills from experienced workers on the job. Installers can also take online classes or attend training sessions provided by manufacturers. Training of this type may last up to one year.