In Washington, individuals and companies performing low voltage work, such as access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, and security systems, are required to obtain a license through the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). The state does not have a specific low voltage license but instead, require the contractors to get a contractor’s license for the specific trade, such as electrical, alarms and low voltage system installation.
To obtain a contractor’s license in Washington, individuals must first meet the following qualifications:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have a minimum of four years of experience in the low voltage field
- Pass a criminal background check
- Pass the trade and business management exams
Once these qualifications are met, individuals must then pass an exam administered by the L&I. The exam covers topics such as safety, electrical codes, and industry standards.
In addition to the contractor’s license, individuals may also need to obtain additional certifications for specific specialties. For example, those working with fire alarms must obtain a Fire Alarm Systems Contractor certification, and those working with structured cabling must obtain a Communications Systems Contractor certification.
To take the exam, individuals must first register through the L&I website. The website also provides additional information on the licensing process, including application forms and study materials.
It is important to note that low voltage work can be dangerous and should only be performed by licensed professionals. Failure to obtain a license can result in hefty fines and penalties.
Links for more information:
- Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I): https://www.lni.wa.gov/
- Electrical Licensing, Exams & Education: https://lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/electrical/electrical-licensing-exams-education/