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

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

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), 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:

  • 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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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. 

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Fire and Security Engineer

  • Wage : £175.00 Weekly
  • Location: Cramlington NE23 1WE

Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Harpenden AL5 1PW

Courses In England

Fire Emergency and Security Systems

  • Start date: 25 September 2019
  • Location: GATESHEAD

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