Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 509-3-.12

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through September 29, 2021
Rule 509-3-.12 - Continuing Education
(1) Requirement. Any registered employee who renews a registration after September 1, 2007 must comply with continuing education requirements contained in this rule.
(2) Exemption for Newly-Registered Employees. Private detective and security employees who obtain their first registration by the Board within the second year of the renewal cycle (after September 1 of the even-numbered year) will not be required to obtain continuing education hours for the first renewal of their registrations.
(3) Hours. Registered security employees must have eight (8) hours of continuing education prior to renewal of employee registrations. Registered private detective employees must have sixteen (16) hours of continuing education prior to renewal of employee registrations. Employees registered as private detective and security guards must have sixteen (16) hours of continuing education prior to renewal of employee registrations.
(a) Security Continuing Education: 2 hours in Homeland Security, to include, but not limited to, indicators of terrorism, and cooperation with Homeland Security agencies; 2 hours in Firearms-related training; 4 hours in industry-related training.
(b) Private Detective Continuing Education: 2 hours in Homeland Security, to include, but not limited to, indicators of terrorism, and cooperation with Homeland Security agencies; 2 hours in ethics; 12 hours in industry-related training, which may include up to 4 hours of firearms-related training.
(c) Acceptable Continuing Education Providers. The purpose of this chapter is to identify acceptable sources for providing continuing training and to establish guidelines for designating those providers as Acceptable Continuing Education Providers (ACEPs). As such, it is not the Board's intent to require providers or registrants to seek pre-approval of specific training programs. Continuing education documentation should not be submitted to the Board, unless specifically requested by the Board. An acceptable Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) is defined as any individual, organization, institution, association, firm, or other entity that provides ongoing training services to the private detective or security profession that directly relates to the scope of practice. This training must be facilitated or provided by an instructor licensed by the Board.
1. Associations. The board will accept continuing education credits for instruction provided by legitimate private detective and/or security associations. This shall include, but is not limited to, state and national associations which are properly incorporated and in good standing with the appropriate incorporating body.
2. Company training. Companies may develop continuing education courses to provide training solely for their own registered employees.
3. Institutions. Institutions that provide training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in Rule 509-3-.12(4).
(d) Distance learning. Distance learning shall include, but is not limited to, online Internet-based training and correspondence courses. Institutions that provide training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in Rule 509-3-.12(4).
(e) Individuals and Firms. Individual instructors and firms that provide training for profit must meet the criteria as listed in 509-3-.12(4).
(4) Requirements of Approved Continuing Education Providers. An ACEP must meet the following requirements to be in compliance with Board rules:
(a) Mandatory attendance sheet or roster to be signed or initialed by the participant. Electronic signatures are acceptable for distance learning purposes.
(b) A written agenda, course outline, or syllabus must be developed that covers the subject matter presented.
(c) A certificate must be presented to each participant upon successful completion of the training. The certificate must contain (but is not limited to) the name of the participant, course topic, number of continuing education hours achieved, name and signature of provider or facilitator, and date(s) of training. In lieu of a certificate, the Board, in its sole discretion, may require or accept other appropriate documentation.
(d) Training offered by instructors who are not licensed by the Board, including POST-certified instructors and subject-matter experts, must be provided under the direction of an instructor licensed by the Board.
(5) Records. It is the sole responsibility of the registrant and the registrant's employer to provide proof to the Board, upon request, of completion of the required continuing education hours. Providers must retain records of training for a minimum of five (5) years. The Board reserves the right to conduct an audit of registered employees to determine compliance with continuing education requirements. Proof of continuing education hours should not be submitted to the Board, unless an individual employee is audited by the Board.
(6) Waivers. In the sole discretion of the Board, waivers of the requirement of continuing education may be granted in cases of hardship, disability, illness, or under such circumstances as the Board deems appropriate. Such waiver must be requested in writing to the Board and must be accompanied by acceptable documentation.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 509-3-.12

Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-1-19, 43-1-24, 43-1-25, 43-38-4 to 43-38-7, 43-38-10, 43-38-10.1, 43-38-11.

Original Rule entitled "Continuing Training Requirements" adopted. F. Apr. 5, 2002; eff. Apr. 25, 2002.
Repealed: F. Dec. 8, 2003; eff. Dec. 28, 2003.
Amended: New Rule entitled "Continuing Education" adopted. F. Dec. 12, 2006; eff. Jan. 1, 2007.