Security Systems 


Security Systems Technicians take care of the systems that take care of us. They are experts who ensure every system works as intended, with no compromise on safety and security. 

As a Security Systems Technician, you’ll draw on your persistent style as you plan, troubleshoot and coordinate the installation, repair and maintenance of electronic security alarm systems.  

You'll be comfortable working independently, as you reference each task back to various building codes and regulations, and you’ll anticipate the elements that go into each system as you design it. 

What You'll Learn

  • How to use safe work practices  
  • How to use hand and power tools 
  • How to use test instruments, fasteners, sealants and surface fillers 
  • How to apply codes and regulations 
  • How to install security systems 

Key Job Skills

  • Critical thinking 
  • Coordination and troubleshooting 
  • Safe work practices 
  • Electrical theory 
  • Security system design and installation 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Work-Based Training
3600 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$17.00 — $34.62

The Security Services Act refers to Security Systems Technicians as “Security Alarm Installers.” Most security systems technicians in B.C. require a security licence. For more information about the security industry in B.C., and to explore licensing requirements, please visit Security Program Division’s website.

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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.