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When seeking a tradesperson to install a security system, there is no obligation for the tradesperson to be registered on any particular scheme or certification.
There are professional bodies which can be voluntarily joined – which are following the security system industry.
Both of which have approval from UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service).
NSI (National Security Inspectorate)
NSI is a body which ensures that their voluntary members meet standards required by the police/fire/rescue services, by auditing their members twice a year, and provide certification for security equipment and smoke alarms in the home.
Certification itself is reissued every 3 years, assuming standards are still being met for each respective member. Any approved installer can display their approved certification along with their own business’ logo – this can be verified using the NSI website’s ‘Find A Company’ feature.
A certification body for organisations which install security systems, along with; telecare systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems, manned security services, security monitoring services.
For security system installers, they can provide certification that a security system meets standards for police response, insurance approval and meeting their standards for suitable security systems.
Similarly to NSI, they provide functionality on their site to verify a business is registered with them.
Although both bodies are not necessary for a security system to be installed, it is an assurance that the system will be installed and meet the standards of these voluntary bodies that have certified them.
Signing up as a security system installer with MyJobQuote is a straightforward process, providing necessary details and preferences for the specifics of the work you are seeking – in this case, security system installations.
Providing relevant information about your services for customers who may review your profile before hiring can help improve chances of being hired. Information such as; the types of systems and features you can install, past references of work, examples of past work (if possible) and customer reviews (by requesting customer feedback after installations have been completed).
After signing up, you will be able to view jobs within your nearby area and purchase the leads to these jobs – so that you can contact the customer to discuss the work further.
Typically, this will mean visiting the customer’s home and assessing the building, while being able to discuss further, answers questions and provide an understanding of the potential system.
Following this, providing the customer a quote, which could well be accepted, negotiated or declined by the customer. Ideally, both parties will come to an agreement to hire you for the security system installation.
While installing security systems does not require any specific qualifications, it can be very useful to be registered to certifying bodies to assure customers that you follow good installation standards.
Below are some examples of related certifications you could consider as a security installation specialist.
NSI (National Security Inspectorate)
NSI is a body which ensures that their voluntary members meet standards required by the police/fire/rescue services. To remain a member you will need to be audited twice a year and provide certification for your security equipment.
Assuming you remain certified, you will be reissued a certification every 3 years. Being certified will allow you to use the NSI branding / certification with your business’ logo, while customers can verify that you are registered using the NSI website.
It is not a requirement to be registered with NSI or SSAIB, but it can be useful to ensure you meeting good standards of practise and that customers can check that you are meeting these standards by being registered – which could in turn provide you more business.
SSAIB (Security System and Alarm Inspection Board)
SSAID is another certification body which is voluntary to register. Specifically, SSAIB is for a variety of areas, including; telecare systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems, manned security services, security monitoring services – along with security systems.
Regarding security system installation, they can provide you certification for systems you have installed, to ensure that they meet standards for insurance approval, police response and their standards for security system installation.
Like NSI, this is optional to be registered, but can provide confidence for customers in your services, by being able to check that you are registered via the SSAIB website and assures that you are meeting their standards of practice – which could provide you additional business as a result.
For any security systems being installed that require any changes to existing circuits, this would require a qualified (Part P registered) electrician to complete the work on your behalf. However, you could also become a Part P registered electrician yourself – allowing you to complete any security system installations that would involve these electrical changes.
Benefits off being Part P registered electrician for security installation:
Being able to conduct any electrical work required for a system installation – increasing the amount of potential security installation work available to you