Mississippi Establishes Licensing for Installers

JACKSON, Mississippi

With the signature of Gov. Haley Barbour, Mississippi has established licensing for those who install electronic protection services. Passed by Mississippi’s legislature earlier in the year, the new law – the Mississippi Residential Electronic Protection Licensing Act – provides requirements for licensing and continuing education, authorizes the state fire marshal to assess and collect licensing fees and creates a licensing board.

The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. Nolan Mettetal (D), was signed into law by Barbour on April 3.

The new law has the endorsement of the Mississippi Alarm Association (MAA).

“The Mississippi Alarm Association worked with our state legislators and endorses this bill, which we believe will benefit not only alarm companies in the state, but consumers as well,” MAA Executive Director Shelley Pettit said in a statement.

A Class A license will allow a company to engage in any type of alarm contracting. The get a Class A license, a company or individual must be authorized to work in the state, have documentation for $300,000-plus liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance, have no employees convicted of a felony, and have at least one employee in each location with a Class B license.

For a Class B license, which covers most alarm system and CCTV installations, an applicant must have proof of National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) Level 2 training and live within 150 miles of the office in which they work.

Class C has a minimum requirement of Level 1 training, while Class D applicant must have passed the NBFAA Sales Understanding Alarms course and have a minimum of two years designing and/or selling systems.

A Class T license will also be available for those that provide a letter of intent to complete NBFAA training within the year.

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