Armed Guard Training

Guard Classes - Armed Unarmed and Recertification

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 an armed guard registration may work an armed or unarmed post and is not required to hold an additional, unarmed, guard registration. The successful completion of this course meets the training requirements to obtain and armed security registration from the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance – Private Protective Services. The student must still meet the age and background requirements

Unarmed - $80.00
Armed - $150.00
Renewal - $90


Be at least 21 years of age for registration as an armed security guard.
Be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.
Not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease unless a court of competent jurisdiction has since declared the applicant competent;
If convicted in any jurisdiction of any of the crimes listed in this subdivision (4), have completed serving sentence or court ordered probation at least five (5) years prior to application. Conviction of the following crimes shall disqualify an applicant, subject to the conditions stated in this section:
(A) Any felony; or
(B) Any misdemeanor involving:
(i) Shooting a firearm or other weapon;
(ii) Shoplifting;
(iii) Assault and battery or other act of violence against persons or property;
(iv) Crimes involving the sale, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances, controlled substance analogues, drugs or narcotics;
(v) Theft of property; or
(vi) Theft of services;
Not be suffering from habitual drunkenness or narcotics addiction or dependence;
Not have any disability that, in the opinion of the commissioner, prevents the applicant from performing the duties of a security guard/officer; and
Be of good moral character.
Applicants must submit electronic fingerprints for processing for a TBI and FBI criminal history check.
Must meet the statutory training requirements.

Armed Guard:
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.

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.