Security Systems Installer

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Manufacturing & Electronics

What you will do:

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


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • practical skills for installing equipment
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
  • problem-solving skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Security Systems Installer, there are no specific subject requirements, but having a strong educational background can be beneficial for your career. The qualifications and requirements can vary depending on the employer and the specific role within security systems installation. Here are some subjects that may be useful for someone aspiring to work in this field:

  1. Mathematics: Basic math skills are valuable for tasks such as measuring and calculating dimensions, working with electrical components, and understanding technical specifications.
  2. Science: A basic understanding of science, particularly physics and electronics, can be beneficial for understanding the principles behind security system components and their functionality.
  3. Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Proficiency in using computer systems and technical software is crucial for configuring and programming security systems.
  4. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide a foundation in working with technical equipment and tools, which is essential for installation work.
  5. Electronics: If your school offers electronic courses, they can provide valuable knowledge for working with the electronic components of security systems.
  6. Citizenship or Law: A foundational understanding of legal and ethical issues is important for security system installers, as they need to adhere to regulations, privacy laws, and ethical considerations.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

In the UK, 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

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.

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 school or similar qualifications in English, maths and science, or a technical subject.

Other Routes
You could study with a private training organisation.

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll need to:

  • have a full driving licence
  • pass security checks

Working Hours and 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 & 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.