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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 35PRIVATE SECURITY
SUBCHAPTER LTRAINING
RULE §35.141Training Requirements

(a) Security and Personal Protection Officer Training.

  (1) The Level II training course shall be completed by all applicants for a security officer commission or for registration as a noncommissioned security officer. The course material shall be prepared or approved by the department. A certificate indicating completion of Level II training shall be submitted to the department with the required application. Level II training may be taught by the licensee's manager, the manager's designee, or a board approved school and board approved instructor using the most current version of the respective Board Level II training course manuals.

  (2) The Level III training course shall be completed by all applicants for a security officer commission and a personal protection officer endorsement. The course material shall be prepared by and obtained from the department. A certificate indicating completion of Level III training shall be submitted to the department along with the application to register the individual. Level III training must be taught by a department approved school and a department approved instructor.

  (3) The Level IV training course shall be completed by all applicants for a personal protection officer endorsement. The course material shall consist of a minimum of fifteen (15) classroom hours and shall be offered by department approved personal protection officer training schools and taught by department approved personal protection training instructors. All training shall be conducted with a department approved instructor present during all instruction. All students of a personal protection officer training course shall be tested with an examination prepared by and obtained from the department.

(b) Peace Officer Exemption.

  (1) Applicants for either a security officer commission or a personal protection officer endorsement who are full-time peace officers, certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), may be exempted from the Level III training requirements upon submission to the department a sworn affidavit attesting to the applicant's review of and familiarity with the Act and the related administrative rules.

  (2) Applicants for either a security officer commission or a personal protection officer endorsement who have honorably retired as Texas peace officers within the preceding two (2) years may be exempted from the Level III training requirements upon submission to the department of proof of their honorably retired status (in the form of documentation from the employing agency or TCOLE), and of a sworn affidavit attesting to the applicant's review of and familiarity with the Act and this chapter. For purposes of the above exemption, "honorably retired" means that the applicant:

    (A) Did not retire in lieu of a disciplinary action;

    (B) Was eligible to retire from the law enforcement agency or was ineligible to retire only as a result of an injury received in the course of the applicant's employment with the agency; and

    (C) Is entitled to receive a pension or annuity for service as a law enforcement officer or is not entitled to receive a pension or annuity only because the law enforcement agency that employed the applicant does not offer a pension or annuity to its employees.

(c) Alarm Systems Training.

  (1) The Level I alarm systems training course shall be successfully completed, and the certification submitted to the department, by any registrant employed as an alarm systems installer or a security alarm salesperson, in order to renew an original registration.

  (2) Alarm systems Level I training must be taught by a department approved alarm systems training school and a department approved alarm instructor.

(d) An inactive or expired registrant who has not been employed in the investigation or security services industry in the past three (3) years or more must submit current training certificate(s) to the department.


Source Note: The provisions of this §35.141 adopted to be effective May 6, 2014, 39 TexReg 3609

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