In Alabama, individuals who wish to work on low voltage systems, including access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, and security systems, must obtain a low voltage license. This license is issued by the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board (AECB) and requires the completion of certain educational and experience requirements, as well as the passing of a licensing exam.
To be eligible for a low voltage license in Alabama, an individual must have at least four years of experience working in the low voltage field. This experience must be documented and verified by a licensed low voltage contractor. In addition, an individual must complete a board-approved low voltage course, which covers topics such as electrical theory, codes and standards, and installation practices.
The low voltage licensing exam in Alabama is administered by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI). The exam consists of two parts: a written portion and a practical portion. The written portion covers topics such as electrical theory, codes and standards, and installation practices, while the practical portion requires the candidate to demonstrate their knowledge and skills through hands-on tasks.
To obtain a low voltage license in Alabama, an individual must first apply to the AECB and provide documentation of their education and experience. Once the application has been approved, the individual may register to take the low voltage licensing exam through the IAEI.
Links to the websites for the AECB and IAEI, where individuals can find more information on low voltage licensing requirements and register for the exam, are provided below:
- Alabama Electrical Contractors Board: https://www.aecb.state.al.us/
- International Association of Electrical Inspectors: https://www.iaei.org/
In addition to the requirements for a low voltage license, individuals who wish to work on structured cabling systems in Alabama must also obtain a separate structured cabling license. The requirements for this license are similar to those for the low voltage license, including a certain amount of experience and the completion of a board-approved structured cabling course. The structured cabling licensing exam is also administered by the IAEI.
It is important to note that individuals who hold a low voltage license are not automatically qualified to work on structured cabling systems, and vice versa. Both licenses must be obtained separately in order to work on these types of systems in Alabama.