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


You could take a college course, which would give you some of the skills and knowledge needed to work in this field. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Knowledge of Electronic Security and Emergency Systems
  • Level 2 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Security Systems and Devices Engineering Technology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English, maths and ICT
  • GCSEs in English, maths and IT

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You could also get into this career by completing a security systems apprenticeship.

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Direct application

If you want to apply directly for jobs, some employers may expect you to have GCSEs or similar qualifications in English, maths and science, or a technical subject.

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Career tips

It may help if you've got experience in electrical or electronics work and a driving licence.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

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 explaining to 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 set up your own company, or progress to supervising teams of sales, installation or maintenance staff. 

You could also specialise in areas like designing new security systems. 

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Fire, Emergency, and Security Systems Technician Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £150.00 Weekly
  • Location: Birmingham B19 3JT

Apprentice Fire & Security Alarm Engineer

  • Wage : £148.00 Weekly
  • Location: Southampton SO31 4RA

Courses In England

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