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Alarm System Contractor and Installer Licensing

Please check with your local jurisdiction regarding portable fire extinguishers and any permit requirements.

List of Licensed Contractors (in progress)
List of Licensed Installers (in progress)

Accepted Certification Programs (see application for specific endorsement certification requirements):

National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)
Electronic Security Association (ESA)
Elite CEU Alarm Level I (accepted in Iowa)
Elite CEU Alarm Level 2 (accepted in Iowa)
Licensed Master or Journeyman Electrician
Professional Engineer licensed in Iowa with a competence in alarm system design

For further licensing information please contact:
Jeannie Shepherd

Please note:

Per 661 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 277,  the contractor shall maintain current registration as a contractor with the Labor Services Division of the Iowa Workforce Development Department in compliance with Iowa Code chapter 91C and 875—Chapter 150, Iowa Administrative Code.

Iowa Code 100C on Fire Extinguishing and Alarm Systems Contractors and Installers

Rules for Alarm System Contractors and Installers Program (661 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 277)

Criminal History Check Requirements

State Fire Marshal policy on criminal history checks for alarm contractors, alarm installers and alarm installer assistants.

Fingerprint cards may be obtained from the Fire Marshal Division or local law enforcement offices. Black ink and printed Live Scan FBI Form FD-258 fingerprint cards are accepted and must be submitted with your application and renewal. Photocopied cards, or other fingerprints not on the FBI Form FD-258 card will not be accepted.

How to complete the fingerprint card.


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