In Illinois, low voltage installation and repair work is regulated by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). To work in this field, a Low Voltage Contractor license is required. This license is necessary for anyone who installs, maintains, alters, or repairs any low voltage systems, including access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, security systems, and structured cabling.
The requirements for obtaining a Low Voltage Contractor license in Illinois include:
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Completing a pre-licensing course approved by the IDFPR
- Pass a written exam that covers the National Electrical Code (NEC), the Illinois state regulations that apply to low voltage systems, and the Illinois Administrative Code.
- Provide proof of general liability insurance
To get started on the licensing process, you can visit the IDFPR’s website and find the “Professional Licensing” section. There you can find the application form and other information about the licensing process. The website also provides information about pre-licensing courses, study materials, and the exam schedule.
It’s important to note that holding a Low Voltage Contractor license does not authorize the holder to perform electrical work, which is regulated by the state electrical board. Additionally, it’s important to follow the Illinois state laws and regulations for Low Voltage systems, as well as the NEC, which are subject to updates and changes.
In summary, obtaining a Low Voltage Contractor license is mandatory for anyone who wants to install, maintain, alter or repair any low voltage systems in Illinois. The IDFPR requires passing an exam, completing a pre-licensing course, being at least 18 years old, providing proof of general liability insurance. License holder must follow the NEC and Illinois state laws and regulations, and also keep their licenses current by completing continuing education courses.
Links for more information:
- Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR): https://www.idfpr.com/
- Professional Licensing: https://www.idfpr.com/professionallicensing/default.asp
- Exam information: https://www.idfpr.com/professionallicensing/lowvoltage/default.asp
- Study materials: https://www.idfpr.com/professionallicensing/lowvoltage/lvstudy.asp
It’s advisable to check the IDFPR website regularly for updates and new laws and regulations.