In West Virginia, individuals and companies performing low voltage work, such as access control, fire alarms, video surveillance, and security systems, must obtain a license through the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office (WVSFMO). The state requires different types of licenses for different type of work, such as electrical, low voltage and alarms.
To obtain a low voltage license in West Virginia, 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 WVSFMO. The exam covers topics such as safety, electrical codes, and industry standards.
In addition to the low voltage 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 WVSFMO 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:
- West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office (WVSFMO): https://firemarshal.wv.gov/
- Regulatory and Licensing Division: https://firemarshal.wv.gov/Divisions/Fire%20Services/Pages/Regulatory-and-Licensing-Divison.aspx