In California, individuals and companies who perform low voltage work such as installing, maintaining, or repairing access control systems, fire alarms, video surveillance systems, and security systems must obtain a low voltage contractor license. Structured cabling work, including the installation, maintenance, or repair of telecommunications and data networks, also requires a low voltage license.
To obtain a low voltage license in California, individuals must complete the following steps:
- Meet the experience requirements: Applicants must have at least four years of experience in the low voltage field, with at least two years of experience as a journeyman or equivalent.
- Pass a trade exam: Applicants must pass a trade exam that covers the specific type of low voltage work they will be performing. The exam is administered by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).
- Pass a business and law exam: In addition to the trade exam, applicants must also pass a business and law exam, which covers topics such as contracts, liability, and California business law.
- Obtain a bond: All low voltage contractors in California must have a surety bond in the amount of $15,000.
- Apply for a low voltage contractor license: Once the above requirements have been met, applicants can apply for a low voltage contractor license through the DIR.
Individuals and companies that perform low voltage work without a valid license may be subject to fines and other penalties.
To learn more about the low voltage license requirements in California and to obtain the necessary application materials, visit the DIR’s website at https://www.dir.ca.gov/ To register for and schedule the trade and business and law exams, visit the DIR’s examination registration website at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlsr/.