Security systems installers fit and service electronic systems that detect intruders or control access to buildings and sites.
Salary range: £18,000 to £30,000
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
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
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.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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.
You could study a relevant course with a private training organisation.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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:
- take a colour vision test
- pass security checks
What you’ll do
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
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.