Instructor – Armed/Unarmed Security Officer

Name: Armed/Unarmed Security Officer

Unarmed Security Officer

A security guard/officer is an individual employed by a contract security company or a proprietary security organization to protect persons and/or property from criminal activities. If an individual maintains an armed guard registration it is not necessary to also be registered as an “unarmed” guard.

This course is for those that want to obtain an unarmed guard registration by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance. It will cover the TN Private Protective Services Law and Rules Book and follow the guidelines set forth by the State of Tennessee.

You must complete the Unarmed Security Officer Course before attending the Armed Security Officer Course. However, if you only want an unarmed guard registration, the Unarmed Security Officer Course is all you need.

Renewals

Unarmed Guards/Officers renew registration every two (2) years.

Training Requirements

Training includes an examination covering subjects in which the individual must have training. All candidates must complete a four hour basic course including one (1) hour each of:

  • Orientation
  • Legal powers and limitations of a security guard/officer
  • Emergency procedures
  • General duties

Cost: $50


Armed Security Officer

This course is for those that want to obtain an armed guard registration by the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance.

A security guard/officer is an individual employed by a contract security company or a proprietary security organization to protect persons and/or property from criminal activities. A security guard who holds armed guard registration may work an armed or unarmed post and is not required to hold an additional “unarmed” guard registration.

All armed security guards must meet the armed guard registration requirements in order to be authorized to carry a firearm.

This class consists of both classroom and live fire training.

In addition, an armed guard applicant must complete an additional four hours of marksmanship training and achieve a minimum of 70% on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner.

Upon satisfactory completion of this class, you will receive the certificate necessary for obtaining your Tennessee Armed Security Officer/Guard Registration.

Training Requirements

Training includes an examination covering subjects in which the individual must have training. All candidates must complete a four hour basic course including one (1) hour each of:

  • Orientation
  • Legal powers and limitations of a security guard/officer
  • Emergency procedures
  • General duties
  • Any additional training for weapons or other devices that are less than lethal he or she will use
  • An armed guard must complete eight additional hours in the classroom covering
  • Legal limitations on the use of a firearm
  • Handling of a firearm
  • Safety and maintenance of firearms

Cost: $150


Upgrade to Armed Security Officer

Unarmed officers who have taken the Unarmed Security Officer Course within the last 6 months are eligible to take the Upgrade to Armed Security Officer Course. If it has been longer than 6 months you will need to re-take the Unarmed Security Officer Course.

Cost: $150


Add a Weapon

This course is for armed officers that would like to add or change a weapon.

Cost: $50


Armed Security Officer Re-Certification

Armed Guards/Officers must renew their registration every two (2) years.

Every two (2) years armed security guards must complete four hours of refresher training and requalify in the use of a firearm by achieving a minimum of 70% on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner prior to the renewal of their guard registration.

Cost: $100


Note: For applications, requirements, and further information please visit tn.gov

Training Requirements for the use of a Club, Stun Gun, Chemical Spray, Night Stick or other less than lethal device.

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