Security systems installer

Security systems installers fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders or control access to buildings and sites.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become a security systems installer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations


You could take a college course like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Knowledge of Electronic Security and Emergency Systems
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electronic, Security and Emergency Systems

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could get into this career by completing an advanced apprenticeship in security systems.

You could also do a smart home technician advanced apprenticeship, if you install and set up 'smart' security systems in people's homes. For example, intruder alarms, sensors and monitoring equipment controlled through connected devices.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply directly to employers if you've got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. Experience in electrical or electronics work could be helpful.

Employers may ask for GCSEs or similar qualifications in English, maths and science, or a technical subject.

Other routes

You could study a relevant course with a private training organisation.

The National Security Inspectorate and British Security Industry Association have more details on private providers.

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Further information

You can find out more about the security industry from the National Security Inspectorate and British Security Industry Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • practical skills for installing equipment
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • problem-solving skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • discussing security plans with customers
  • carrying out site surveys
  • installing security systems, like building access controls, fire and intruder alarms, and electronic surveillance equipment
  • testing systems and showing customers how to operate them
  • checking and servicing existing systems
  • responding to call-outs to repair faulty systems

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time, physically demanding and at height.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become an installation, sales or maintenance team supervisor.

You could also specialise in areas like designing new security systems or set up your own security systems company.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Site Apprentice Security Engineer

  • Wage : £146.25 Weekly
  • Location: Nottingham NG9 5JN

Apprentice Security Engineer

  • Wage : £180.00 Weekly
  • Location: Wallsend NE28 6JA

Courses In England

Level 2 Electronic Security and Emergency Systems

  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: Manchester

BTEC National Diploma in Cyber Security and Business Systems

  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Wigan

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