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Private Protective Services

Certified Security guard Trainer Requirements


An individual certified by the commissioner as qualified to administer and certify as to successful completion of the minimum training requirements prescribed for a security officer/guard. A certified trainer may appoint an instructor to assist with the implementation of the training program by notifying the commissioner of the appointee. Only a certified trainer is eligible to certify successful completion of required training of a security guard/officer before the guard can be registered. Registration is required of armed or unarmed security guards/officers in Tennessee.



  • Be at least twenty-one(21) years of age.
  • Be personally qualified to conduct the required training of security officers/guards.
  • Have at least one year of supervisory experience satisfactory to the commissioner with:
    • Contract security company
    • Proprietary security organization
    • Any public law enforcement agency in the United States (including military)



Continuing Education

  • Twelve (12) hours of continuing professional education is now required as a prerequisite for renewal of    Trainer Certifications.  Tenn. Code Ann. 62-35-140


Fees and Related Costs


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