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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 35PRIVATE SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER MCONTINUING EDUCATION
RULE §35.161Continuing Education Requirements

(a) A license, registration, endorsement, or commission may not be renewed until the required minimum hours of department approved continuing education credits have been earned in accordance with the Act and this chapter. Proof of the required continuing education must be maintained by the employer and contained in the personnel file of the registrant's employing company. All registrants shall indicate they have completed the required minimum hours of department approved continuing education credits on their application for renewal. A renewal application shall also include the name of the school, school number, seminar number, seminar date, and credits earned.

(b) Nonparticipating owners, partners, shareholders, noncommissioned security officers, and administrative support personnel are specifically exempted from the continuing education requirements.

(c) All registrants not specifically addressed in this section shall complete a total of eight (8) hours of continuing education, seven (7) 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 one (1) hour ethics requirement.

(d) 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 cover ethics, and two (2) hours of which must involve the review of the Act and the rules of this chapter.

(e) 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 cover ethics, and two (2) hours of which must involve the review of the Act and the rules of this chapter.

(f) 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 a new or renewal application until such time as the training requirement for the previous registration period has been satisfied.

(g) 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 department to instruct commissioned security officers as defined in the Act. Commissioned security officers shall submit a firearms proficiency certificate along with the renewal application.

(h) During the first twelve (12) months of initial registration, each person employed as an alarm system installer or alarm systems salesperson must complete Alarm Level I training, consisting of sixteen (16) hours of classroom instruction or equivalent online course as approved by the department, 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 earned eight (8) hours of continuing education credits in an 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. This requirement must be satisfied prior to the expiration date of registration in order to renew the registration.

(i) 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 the installation complies with all applicable requirements and regulations.

(j) Any person registered as an alarm systems installer or 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 a new or renewal application until such time as all training requirements for the previous license period have been satisfied.

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

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

(m) Attendees of continuing education courses shall maintain certificates of completion furnished by the school director in their files for a period of two (2) years. Attendees shall furnish the department with copies of all certificates of completion upon request.


Source Note: The provisions of this §35.161 adopted to be effective May 6, 2014, 39 TexReg 3610

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