Low voltage systems, including access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, and security systems, are regulated in Massachusetts by the Board of Electricians. In order to work on these systems, a person must have a valid low voltage license issued by the Board.
To obtain a low voltage license, individuals must meet the following requirements:
- Hold a valid Journeyman Electrician or Master Electrician license issued by the Board of Electricians
- Pass a written examination on the National Electric Code as it pertains to low voltage systems
- Pass a practical examination on the installation and maintenance of low voltage systems
- Provide proof of insurance and bond as required by the Board
To take the written and practical exams, individuals must submit an application to the Board and pay a fee. The application and fee can be submitted online via the Board’s website.
In addition to the low voltage license, a separate license is also required for Structured Cabling systems, the Massacusetts Communication System contractor license, which must be issued by the Board of State Examiners of Electricians.
Information about the requirements and application process can be found on the Board of Electricians website: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/check-an-occupational-board-license
Information about the Communication Systems contractor license can be found on the Board of State Examiners of Electricians website: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-state-examiners-of-electricians
It is important to note that the rules and regulations are subject to change and it is always recommended to check the websites for the most up to date information.