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Security systems installer

Alternative titles for this job include Alarm fitter, CCTV installer

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

Average salary (a year)

£19,000 Starter


£32,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

41 to 43 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

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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 3 Diploma in Providing Electronic Fire and Security Systems
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

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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 want to 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 relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. For example, experience in electrical or electronics work.

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

Other Routes

You could study 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 working in the security industry from the National Security Inspectorate and British Security Industry Association.

What it takes

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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

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • discuss security plans with customers
  • carry out site surveys
  • install security systems, like building access controls, fire and intruder alarms, and electronic surveillance equipment
  • test systems, find faults and fix them
  • show customers how to use their security equipment
  • service existing systems
  • respond 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 and at height.

Career path and progression

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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

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Fire & Security Engineer

  • Wage: £10,004.80 Annually

Apprentice Fire & Security Engineer

  • Wage: £10,004.80 Annually
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England


  • Start date: 04 September 2023
  • Location: NORTHAMPTON

Electrical & Electronic Engineering HNC Diploma

  • Start date: 01 September 2023
  • Location: Smith's Wood

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