Licensing Required

Licensing contacts:

Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
Tel.: (617) 727-9931
Fax: (617) 727-9932

About the State Regulatory Agency

The Board is a regulatory and adjudicative body over individuals who install electrical installations involving light, heat, power, fire warning or security purposes. The Governor appoints members for a three-year term.

Who needs a license?

Any person, firm or corporation engaged in the installation or service of fire or security systems. Installation or service of public safety clearance certificate is required for all who work at the business or occupation of installing security systems. See Public Notice: Applicants for a Security Systems Certificate of Clearance pdf format of    public_notice_security_systems_certificate.pdf  .

State requires that Systems contractors include your class/ type and license number on any business communications, this includes invoices, websites, business cards and any other form of advertisement.

How often does the license need to be renewed?

Renewal of licenses every three years. Background check license (S certificate) required every two years through the Department of Public Safety. See Public Notice: Applicants for a Security Systems Certificate of Clearance pdf format of    public_notice_security_systems_certificate.pdf  .

Law reference:

Chapter 141 of the Massachusetts General Laws
Chapter 143 3P/3L of the Massachusetts General Laws
Chapter 147 of the Massachusetts General Laws
Chapter 166 of the Massachusetts General Laws
CMR 237 (Code of the Massachusetts Regulation)

Employees

Training requirements for security and Fire Alarm Apprentices:

To obtain a license:

  • To obtain a Technician's license (D license), for Systems work experience that can be documented under the supervision of an appropriate licensed person and education requirements see 13.04: Class D (Systems Technician) License
  • To obtain a Contractor's license (C license), see the requirements set forth in 13.03: Class C (Systems Contractor) License
  • To maintain a license:
    • Class C and D licensees engaging in fire and security systems who reside within Massachusetts shall complete 21clock hours of continuing education, given by board approved providers focusing on applicable chapters of the current edition of the Massachusetts Electrical Code, 527 CMR 12.00, as adopted by the board, the current edition of the NFPA 72 code of fire Alarms regulations, rules and regulations of the board MGL. C. 147 and related rules, regulations and statutes.
    • For C and D who reside outside of Massachusetts they must complete 21 clock hours of instruction focusing on the current edition of the electrical code adopted by that jurisdiction in which they reside. Said courses are based upon applicable laws, National Electrical Code, NFPA 72, Alarm Technology, False Alarms, Safety courses and are available through approved associations and schools.
    • It is the licensee's responsibility to ensure that providers are Board approved providers.

Background check requirement for Apprentices, Licensees who install and Companies who engage in the business or occupation of installing Security Systems:

State criminal background check for security systems installers. See Public Notice: Applicants for a Security Systems Certificate of Clearance pdf format of    public_notice_security_systems_certificate.pdf  .

Business

Qualifying Agent requirements:

Class D and C License, twenty-one hours of continuing education (every 3 years) and state criminal background check - S certificate (every two years including Security System Apprentices). See Public Notice: Applicants for a Security Systems Certificate of Clearance pdf format of    public_notice_security_systems_certificate.pdf  .

Enforcement:

Local inspector of wires, state investigators, and state police. Call the office of investigations (617) 727-7406

Regulation of Responders:

Guards governed under the Department of Public Safety, special certificates.

FEES

Systems Contractor (C license) - Fees and License Renewal Information (3 years)
Background Check (S certificate) - Fees and License Renewal Information (2 years)

Systems Technician (D license) - Fees and License Renewal Information (3 years)
Background Check (S certificate) - Fees and License Renewal Information (2 years)

Comments:

The Laws regulating the alarm industry were enacted in 1987. For more information regarding regulations, please contact the Board.