2018 Tennessee Code
Title 62 - Professions, Businesses and Trades
Chapter 35 - Private Protective Services Licensing and Regulatory Act
§ 62-35-118. Registration cards -- Training and examination of applicants.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 62-35-118 (2018)
  • (a)

    • (1) Within fifteen (15) days of employment, an unarmed guard applicant shall complete general training and pass an examination and an armed guard applicant shall complete general training, pass an examination and complete the training in subsection (b) within sixty (60) days of employment.

    • (2) Both the armed and unarmed guard applicants shall complete at least four (4) hours of general training administered by a certified trainer and pass an examination, covering at least the following subjects:

      • (A) Orientation: one (1) hour;

      • (B) Legal powers and limitations of a security guard/officer: one (1) hour;

      • (C) Emergency procedures: one (1) hour; and

      • (D) General duties: one (1) hour.

    • (3) For applicants for private security officer/guard registration who will carry a club, stun gun, chemical spray, night stick or other less than lethal device, the commissioner shall require appropriate training specific to the device by a certified trainer who is certified to instruct for the specific device. It shall be the employers' responsibility to keep training records of their employees for each specific device. The security officer/guard shall also have in the person's possession a certification card issued by an instructor/trainer who is certified to instruct/train in the legal use of the specific device and shall exhibit the card upon demand by the commissioner, the commissioner's duly authorized agent or any full-time law enforcement officer.

  • (b) If applying for an armed security guard/officer registration card, before being issued a firearm, the applicant must also:

    • (1) Complete at least eight (8) additional classroom hours of firearms training administered by a certified trainer and pass an examination covering at least the following subjects:

      • (A) Legal limitations of the use of a firearm;

      • (B) Handling of a firearm; and

      • (C) Safety and maintenance; and

    • (2) Complete at least four (4) hours of marksmanship training administered by a certified trainer, and achieve a minimum of seventy percent (70%) on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner.

  • (c) A certified trainer shall submit a statement to the commissioner certifying that an applicant has satisfactorily completed the required training within fifteen (15) days of training.

  • (d)

    • (1) The requirements of subsection (a) do not apply to those applicants for registration as unarmed security guards/officers who have at least one (1) year of experience as a security guard/officer as of July 1, 1988, or who have had no less than four (4) hours of training equivalent to that required in subsection (a) in the year prior to filing the application.

    • (2) The requirements of subsection (b) do not apply to those applicants for registration as armed security guards/officers who have had no less than twelve (12) hours of training equivalent to that required in subsection (b) in the year prior to filing the application.

    • (3) The requirements of subsections (a) and (b) do not apply to an applicant for registration who is a sworn peace officer and certified by the police officer standards and training commission. The commissioner may issue a temporary registration card to the officer upon the commissioner's verification of the officer's certification.

    • (4) The requirements of subsection (a) do not apply to an applicant for registration who is a state or local correctional officer or jailer; provided, that the state officer has successfully completed the appropriate basic training required by § 41-1-116 and is current on all annual refresher courses required by § 41-1-116 and the local officer or jailer has successfully completed comparable basic training and annual in-service training courses. The commissioner may issue a temporary registration card to the officer upon the commissioner's verification that the officer meets the requirements of this subdivision (d)(4).

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