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Security Fire Alarm Installer


"To engage in the business of installing, servicing or maintaining security or fire alarm systems" means and refers to a person who holds himself out directly or indirectly, as being able, or who offers or undertakes, by any means or method, to install, service or maintain a security or fire alarm system to detect intrusion, break-in, movement, sound or fire.

Age Requirement:

Submit an application to the Department of State which shows: 
• you are at least 18 years of age
• completion of at least 81 hours of qualifying education
• passage of an alarm installer examination
• freedom from disqualifying criminal convictions
• submit proof of fingerprint completion

Education Requirement:

Applicants are required to submit evidence of education which demonstrates sufficient training in installing, servicing or maintaining of security or fire alarm systems. The 81 hours of course work may be completed in any course of study which has been approved by the Department. The courses may be given by trade associations or other private entities.

Licensing Requirements:

The latest information and requirements for becoming a New York State Security Fire Alarm Installer are available on the New York State Department of State website at:


$200 - Initial Application (License without examination)
$185 - Initial Application (License after examination)

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2020, there were 1,944 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of December 31, 2020, there were 4,061 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648

Standard Occupational Classification:

49-2098 - Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 03/26/2021.

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