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Security installers and fire installers have long been the backbone of the fire and security industries.

The link between manufacturers of fire and security systems and the professionals monitoring CCTV feeds in the control room, installers perform a vital role. They do more than just install CCTV, intruder alarms, access control systems, fire alarms and other systems; they also help customers design a system fit for purpose for their needs – in terms of number and type of cameras, their position, the choice of NVR, VMS and back-up storage, and so on.

Also known as engineers, they increasingly position themselves as ‘integrators’ of increasingly interoperable, disparate systems.

Technological change is transforming physical-security technologies and with it the installer’s role. Continual education is therefore paramount if they are to adapt their business models to thrive in a fast-evolving landscape. Cyber security, for instance, is a major priority as installers upskill, and many are moving beyond merely selling boxes of equipment to a service-based model amid the rise of the cloud and remote maintenance. And, as security and fire systems become more integrated, it is crucial that engineers play their part in protecting devices from potential cyber attacks – an issue that the entire supply chain must address.

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is aiming to support installers in improving their cyber understanding of physical devices, having launched a cyber security code of practice for engineers in July 2020.


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Apprenticeships in security and fire

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Young apprentices battling it out at the IFSEC & FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition

Similarly to many trade-based industries, such as the plumbing, heating and building sectors, there is a widely acknowledged and concerning skills gap in the electrical security and fire engineering profession. Attempts are being made to combat it, with larger installer companies such as SECOM and Banham Security hosting their own apprenticeship training schemes, while external training specialists – the BSIA run Skills for Security, for instance – are also working hard to improve standards and numbers of the next generation of installers coming through.

A major step forward was the implementation of the FESS (Fire, Emergency and Security Systems) apprenticeship standard, following a Government Review of all apprenticeships across England. You can read our guide to the standard, below.

Additional apprenticeship news and initiatives include:

Advice for running your security and fire installation business:


Tavcom Training celebrates 25-year anniversary

Tavcom Training is celebrating its 25-year anniversary, having trained and certified in excess of 50,000 learners since its inception. Read More

Up to standard with the SCA smoke control installer certification scheme

David Mowatt outlines the reasons behind the SCA’s introduction of a third-party accredited smoke control Installer certification scheme. Read More

Paxton pivots with Net2 updates and installer app to support professionals in 2020

Paxton has launched several COVID-secure updates for Net2, alongside launching its new installer app to support systems installers. Read More

Zitko announces industry-wide training initiative, Talent

Zitko has launched Talent – a new training initiative designed to address the growing shortage of engineers trained for the fire and security sector. Read More

Software-as-a-Service is growing across security: Are you ready?

The benefits to integrators and end-user customers in developing a recurring monthly revenue business model by offering Software-as-a-Service applications. Read More

CSL partners with OPTEX

CSL has announced a new partnership with OPTEX, a leading manufacturer of high-performance sensing technologies. Read More

“Tomorrow’s engineers, today” – Skills for Security refreshes website and brand identity

Skills for Security has launched a new website and refreshed brand identity after a busy 18 months for the BSIA-owned training provider. Read More

Improving the aesthetics and appeal of retrofitted sprinkler systems with pipework boxing

Gavin Byram from Pendock explains how pre-formed pipework boxing can improve the aesthetics and ease of installation of retrofitted sprinkler systems. Read More

Why security tech and integrators can help retailers fight back and prosper

As a sector under pressure, retail needs to find methods to adapt and evolve. Security tech can be part of this fightback, argues Jamie Barnfield, Sale Director at IDIS Europe. Read More

Making a difference: Why you should be considering a career in security

Umar Haq, Director of Learn CCTV, shows why the security industry is a great place to advance a career, with an essential role to play to keep homeowners and businesses safe and secure. Read More