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Can an electrician install a security camera?

The short answer is yes your electrician can install a security camera. However, they must hold an additional security equipment installers license and may also need a registered cablers licence.

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Electricians that install security cameras or most other security system components and cabling may need to undergo additional training and accreditation to become a registered data cabler.

Regulations vary a bit from state to state but in Queensland, you need a security providers licence to install, repair, service or maintain:

  • security alarms
  • alarm monitoring systems
  • audio or visual recording systems
  • electric, electro-magnetic or biometric access control devices
  • motion, infra-red, microwave or contact detectors
  • safes or vaults
  • basic locks for a commercial environment
  • basic locks for common areas in a residential complex.
Electrical, Cabler and Security licences

The data cabling licence is to ensure that the tradesperson can install all different types of security cameras using an array of different cables and cable management techniques. The application for a security installers licence* is accompanied by a criminal history check and fingerprinting to help protect public safety and critical infrastructure.

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Ask your security installer which licences they hold to ensure your home is safeguarded and your security system installation, repairs, or maintenance is being carried out by a licenced professional. This not only provides peace of mind, but it also ensures you’re covered if there is an insurance claim required.

Guidance on the state by state security installer requirements can be found on the Australian Security Industry Association website - asial.com.au

References - https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/forms-and-resources/newsletter/esafe-newsletters/esafe-editions/esafe-electrical/2014-issues/issue-1-2014/are-you-licensed-to-install-security-equipment, https://www.qld.gov.au/law/laws-regulated-industries-and-accountability/queensland-laws-and-regulations/regulated-industries-and-licensing/regulated-industries-licensing-and-legislation/security-industry-regulation/get-a-security-licence/security-technical-licence/apply-for-a-security-equipment-installer-licence, https://www.acma.gov.au/Industry/Telco/Infrastructure/Cabling-rules/how-to-become-a-registered-cabler

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