In Alaska, individuals who wish to work on low voltage systems, including access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, and security systems, must obtain a low voltage technician or low voltage contractor license. These licenses are issued by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Occupational Licensing (DOLWD).
To be eligible for a low voltage technician license in Alaska, an individual must have at least two years of experience working in the low voltage field and must pass a licensing exam. The exam covers topics such as electrical theory, codes and standards, and installation practices.
To be eligible for a low voltage contractor license in Alaska, an individual must have at least four years of experience working in the low voltage field, must have a low voltage technician license, and must pass a contracting exam. The contracting exam covers topics such as business management, financial management, and project management.
Both the low voltage technician and low voltage contractor exams are administered by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI). In order to register for these exams, individuals must first apply for a license through the DOLWD and pay a fee.
Links to the websites for the DOLWD and IAEI, where individuals can find more information on low voltage licensing requirements and register for the exams, are provided below:
- Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Occupational Licensing: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dnn/OccupationalLicensing/Home.aspx
- 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 Alaska 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 passing of a licensing exam. The structured cabling licensing exam is also administered by the IAEI.
It is important to note that individuals who hold a low voltage technician or low voltage contractor 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 Alaska.