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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 35PRIVATE SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER SCONTINUING EDUCATION
RULE §35.291Continuing Education Requirements

(a) A license, registration, endorsement, or commission may not be renewed until the required minimum hours of board approved continuing education credits have been obtained in accordance with the Act and board rules. Proof of the required continuing education must be maintained by the employer and contained in the personnel file of the registrant's employing company.

  (1) All registrants not specifically addressed in this section shall complete a total of eight (8) hours of continuing education, seven hours of which must be in subject matter that relates to the type of registration held, and one (1) hour of which must cover ethics. Following the initial registration period, Qualified Managers of Class B licensed companies may take a one (1) hour course devoted to changes in laws and rules applicable to the security industry, as a substitute for the above ethics requirement.

  (2) Non-participating owners, partners, shareholders, non-commissioned security officers and administrative support personnel are specifically exempted from the continuing education requirements.

  (3) Private investigators and managers of Class A and Class C licenses with more than fifteen (15) years of continued registration as a private investigator or manager of a Class A or Class C license shall complete a total of twelve (12) hours of continuing education, eight (8) hours of which must be in subject matter that relates to the type of registration held, two (2) hours of which must be over ethics, and two (2) hours of which must involve the review of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702, and the Board's Administrative Rules, Tex. Admin. Code, 37 TAC 35. Private Investigators and managers of Class A and Class C licenses with less than fifteen (15) years of continued registration as a private investigator or manager of a Class A or Class C license shall complete a total of eighteen (18) hours of continuing education, fourteen (14) of which must be in subject matter that relates to the type of registration held, two (2) hours of which must be over ethics, and two (2) hours of which must involve the review of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the Board's Administrative Rules, Tex. Admin. Code, 37 TAC 35.

  (4) Any person registered as a private investigator who fails to complete the required continuing education during the twenty-four (24) months of an initial registration is not eligible to make new or renewal application until such time as the training requirement for the previous registration period has been satisfied.

  (5) Commissioned security officers and personal protection officers shall complete six (6) hours of continuing education. Continuing education for commissioned security officers and personal protection officers must be taught by schools and instructors approved by the board to instruct commissioned security officers as defined in §1702.1685 of the Act. Commissioned security officers shall submit a firearms proficiency certificate along with their renewal application.

  (6) All registrants shall indicate they have completed the required minimum hours of board-approved continuing education credits on their application for renewal. A renewal application shall also include name of school, school number, seminar number, seminar date, and credits earned.

  (7) During the first (1st) twelve (12) months of initial registration each person employed as an alarm system installer or alarm systems salesperson must complete sixteen (16) hours of classroom instruction, as described in Chapter 1702, Texas Occupation Code, with two (2) hours covering the National Electrical Code (NEC) as it applies to low voltage. Any person employed as an alarm systems installer or alarm systems salesperson must obtain eight (8) hours of continuing education credits in alarm related field, with one (1) hour covering the National Electrical Code (NEC) as it applies to low voltage, during each subsequent twenty-four (24) month period preceding the expiration date of registration in order to renew the registration.

  (8) For the protection of the installer and the general public, the work of an alarm system installer who has not completed the required sixteen (16) hours of instruction must be overseen by an installer who has completed the required sixteen (16) hours of instruction. The oversight required under this section need not involve direct, physical supervision, but the overseeing installer is responsible for ensuring that the installation complies with all applicable requirements and regulations.

  (9) Any person licensed as an alarm systems installer or alarm systems salesperson who fails to complete sixteen (16) hours of training during the twenty-four (24) months of initial licensure or who fails to complete eight (8) hours of continuing education during any subsequent licensing period is not eligible to make new or renewal application until such time as all training requirements for the previous license period have been satisfied.

  (10) Alarm monitors shall complete four (4) hours of continuing education in subject matter that relates to the duties and responsibilities of an alarm monitor.

  (11) Any person licensed by the board as an alarm instructor shall be authorized to instruct all alarm continuing education courses approved by the board.

  (12) Any person licensed by the board as a Level III or Level IV Instructor shall be authorized to instruct all continuing education courses approved by the board excluding alarm continuing education.

  (13) All persons registered or licensed as locksmiths must complete sixteen (16) hours of continuing education every two (2) years.

(b) Continuing education courses must provide instruction relating to one or more of the following:

  (1) investigative procedures and practices;

  (2) business practices;

  (3) legal aspects of private investigation or private security;

  (4) ethical aspects of private investigation or private security;

  (5) handgun proficiency as defined under §1702.168 of the Act;

  (6) instruction on equipment or procedures related to the field of licensure; and/or

  (7) any other course of instruction approved by the department.

(c) The department may recognize courses of instruction received through any state-recognized university, college, or community college upon proof of attendance and completion of the course with a passing grade.


Source Note: The provisions of this §35.291 adopted to be effective October 21, 2004, 29 TexReg 9686; amended to be effective September 19, 2006, 31 TexReg 8011; amended to be effective May 2, 2007, 32 TexReg 2375; amended to be effective September 15, 2010, 35 TexReg 8382; amended to be effective November 13, 2011, 36 TexReg 7560

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