It may be your mate who told you about this industry, or he/she works as an alarm engineer, or maybe you are a professional who provides very similar products or services. Whatever prompted you to think about starting a career in fire and security, you may still have some questions that are difficult to find answers to.  

For example:

  • Can I easily get a job?
  • Can I start without experience?
  • What is the entry-level salary?
  • How easy is it to excel in the fire and security industry?

Well, you are not alone. Many of us have the same questions and let’s see how I can help you with some information about this industry.

What about people who are successful in the fire and security industry?

At the beginning of their journey, did they have the same questions?

Yes, they did.

Let me share some real-world testimonials of our learners.

Ebenezer – CCTV/Alarm/Access Control Installer

Ebenezer from Manchester who was running an IT service company turned into an electronic engineer and managed to expand his business and recruited two extra engineers. His company is now acquiring NSI silver accreditation.


Pedro – Works at Welcome Gate Security

Pedro from Abbeywood, London, a security guard who was tired of doing long shifts, quitted his job and started a brand new career as an alarm engineer.


Tony – Ex-police officer
CCTV/Alarm engineer

Tony Bradley the retired police officer from Solihull, Birmingham, runs a successful company called Owl Security Solution after completing CCTV and Intruder Alarm courses.

We have tons of testimonials and if you want to read them go to our website or

It’s not that difficult to find a trainee role. But you should know the basics of alarm, CCTV or access control installation.

Let’s look at the first question, how easy is it to get a job in fire and security industry?

For example,

  1. Who are the main players in the market?
  2. What are the regulations that govern the fire and security alarm installation companies?

Employers are keen on seeing you have the basic knowledge of wiring a panel, a CCTV system or an access control system. So, don’t be surprised, if you have been asked to wire a system.

How many years of experience will one require to secure a job?

What matters is not the years but the knowledge and how up-to-date you are. For example, let’s say if an alarm engineer who has been in the industry since 1990 hasn’t learned the new techniques used by the modern systems, he is not going to be a desirable candidate for employers.

Therefore, don’t worry too much about not having years of experience under your belt, instead, look at the positive side of you. For example, you may have worked with a new networkable system and remote servicing system, or you are willing to travel and you have an excellent work ethic.

And don’t forget that many fire and security companies are willing to provide on-job training for the right candidate.

What is the entry-level salary?

If you are an absolute beginner, most companies are willing to pay anything from £18K to £23K per year plus call-outs. It’s quite common that a larger company’s pay rate is not that attractive, but this comes with strong job security and other remuneration packages. On the other hand, smaller companies’ pay rates are better, but sometimes the job security is not at the same level as a large company.

Once you have built up your experience, you can request a pay rise. For example, if you stay in a company for more than a year for £23k, you can easily ask for £27K plus.

Ok, where do we start?

At Cube, we deliver NCFE accredited training courses in alarm, CCTV, fire alarm and access control installation.

We have helped many to start a new career in fire and security and we also work with fire and security companies in the UK.

Start your journey by calling our friendly customer service on 0333 006 4005 or simply send us an email to

We are glad to help you understand more about this industry. You can pop into our office to have a coffee and chat.

Our office number is 0333 006 4005 or email us at

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