Who is the governing agency?
The Texas Private Security Bureau
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What are the educational requirements for security and low voltage licensees?
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Effective March 2020 per Subchapter M of the Private Security Administrative Rules:
(b) Participating owners, partners, and shareholders, who perform services regulated under the Act on behalf of the licensed company, shall comply with the continuing education requirements of this section applicable to the regulated service provided. Participating owners, partners, and shareholders, who do not otherwise perform services regulated under the Act, shall complete a total of eight (8) hours of continuing education, including seven (7) hours in the subject matter that relates to the type of regulated service provided by the licensee, and one (1) hour of ethics. For purposes of this section, participating refers to involvement in decisions governing the operation of the regulated company. Nonparticipating owners, partners, or shareholders; noncommissioned security officers, and all individuals not required to obtain a registration, endorsement, commission or license under the Act are specifically exempted from the continuing education requirements.
(h) –Initial Certification: During the first twelve (12) months of initial registration, each person employed as an alarm system installer 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.
Renewal Certification: Any person employed as an alarm systems installer must have 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.
(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
Effective March 2020 per Subchapter J of the Private Security Administrative Rules:
(a) The department shall require an individual who applies for an individual license as an electronic access control device installer to pass an examination given by the department or a person approved by the department. The examination must cover material related to access control.
(b) The commission by rule by allow an electronic access control device installer to obtain or renew an individual license by fulfilling the requirements of a commission-approved, industry-based educational training program.
Effective September 2019
Qualified Managers and Supervisors
Effective September 1, 2019, Qualified Managers and Supervisors will no longer be regulated and pocket cards will no longer be required or issued for these registration types. All Qualified Manager and Supervisor registrations that have not already expired will expire on September 1, 2019.
If the business is a sole proprietorship, the owner must have the experience required and pass an examination to qualify for the business license.
If the business is a partnership or corporation, a partner or shareholder who owns at least a 25% interest in the company, or an officer who oversees the regulated services of the company must be designated as the company representative. The company representative will be the individual to whom the department may direct all correspondence and on whom the department may rely to ensure the company’s compliance with all rule and statutory requirements. The company representative will also be the individual who meets experience requirements and who must pass the examination.
Alarm Salesperson, Branch Office Manager, Employee of License Holder, Security Consultant, Security Salesperson, and Guard Dog Trainer will no longer be regulated. Pocket cards will no longer be required or issued for these registrations. Applications, including renewals and employee information updates for these registrations will no longer be required.
Per the Texas Private Security Board, as of the 85th Legislative Session, which amends Chapter 53, all students obtaining or renewing a license should be aware of changes and updates to the Administrative Rules.
Please be advised under the Private Security Act (Occ. Code Chapter 1702) and Administrative Rule 35.4 (37 Tex. Admin. Code 1), a criminal conviction may disqualify you from a registration, commission or license under the Act. You may wish to review Rule 35.4’s list of disqualifying offenses and the related periods of ineligibility, available on the department’s website at www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/psb/index.htm (click on the link to Administrative Code). You also have a right to request from the department a criminal history evaluation letter under Occupations Code Section 53.102.
Texas Private Investigators are required by Private Security Bureau rules to complete the required continuing education as follows:
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.
What are the educational requirements for a Residential Fire Alarm Technician?
Texas Insurance Code Chapter 6002, Fire Detection and Alarm Device Installation and 28 TAC 34.600 The Fire Alarm Rules
(d) An applicant may only schedule each type of test three times within a 12-month period.
(e) An applicant for a license must complete and submit all application requirements within one year of the successful completion of any test required for a license; otherwise, the test is voided and the individual will have to pass the test again
Sec. 6002.203. RENEWAL PROCEDURES.
(d) An individual or organization whose registration certificate or license has been expired for two years or longer may not renew the certificate or license. The individual or organization may obtain a new registration certificate or license by complying with the requirements and procedures for obtaining an initial registration certificate or license.
What are the educational requirements for an Electrician?
Electrician licensees must complete four (4) hours of continuing education in courses approved by the department. These courses must address the following:
- National Electrical Code, as adopted under Title 8, Occupations Code §1305.101, or the current version of the National Electrical Code, as approved by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
- State law and rules that regulate the conduct of licensees
- Safety as defined in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E.
In lieu of taking four hours of continuing education as required in §73.25(b), an electrical apprentice or electrical sign apprentice may enroll in a department-registered apprenticeship training program.
Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. For example, if a license expires on January 4, 2014, the continuing education courses taken to renew that license must have been taken between January 4, 2013 and January 4, 2014.
For a late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the one year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.
Licensees may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once. Further, licensees must retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a course for one year after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the licensee, the department may examine the licensee’s records to determine compliance.
What Elite CEU courses are approved for State credit?
All C.E. Courses
Alarm Level 1 Certification (18 Hour Alarm Basic equivalent)
Texas Residential Fire Alarm Technician Course
Electronic Access Control Installation Certification
All Elite CEU, Inc. courses and Certifications are also available for General Education.
What Elite CEU courses are approved for Electricians?
The TDLR Electrical License Renewal – This course is being reviewed for approval by the TDLR.
All three courses must be taken together to fulfill the requirements of the TDLR.
All Elite CEU license specific coursework is approved by NICET for the renewal of NICET Certifications. To update your NICET Certification, review our Fire Systems Category or Industry Code Category for applicable coursework. Remember, this is not a State specific Certification, and our coursework is approved across State lines. For up to date information and requirements for your Certification renewal, you can visit the NICET website here.