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Virginia Administrative Code
2/28/2021

Part VIII. Compulsory Minimum Training Standards

6VAC20-174-210. Alarm respondent - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Alarm respondent - 18 hours

01E: Security Officer Core Subjects - 18 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course, excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Security officer core subjects (01E) - 18 hours (excluding examination)

The entry-level curriculum for alarm respondent sets forth the following areas identified as:

a. Orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(2) Code of ethics

(3) General duties and responsibilities

(4) Signs of terrorism

b. Law

c. Security patrol, access control, and communications

d. Documentation

e. Emergency procedures

f. Confrontation management

g. Use of force

h. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(01I) Security Officer Core Subjects In-Service - 4 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-220. Armed security officer/courier - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Armed security officer/courier - 50 hours (53 hours including shotgun training)

a. 01E: Security Officer Core Subjects - 18 hours

b. 05E: Armed Security Officer Arrest Authority - 8 hours

c. 075E: Security Officer Handgun - 24 hours

d. 08E: Entry-level Shotgun - 3 hours (if applicable - to also have access to a shotgun while on duty, the additional shotgun course is required)

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

1. Security officer core subjects (01E) - 18 hours (excluding examination)

The entry-level curriculum for alarm respondent sets forth the following areas identified as:

a. Orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(2) Code of ethics

(3) General duties and responsibilities

(4) Signs of terrorism

b. Law

c. Security patrol, access control, and communications

d. Documentation

e. Emergency procedures

f. Confrontation management

g. Use of force

h. Written comprehensive examination

2. Armed Security Officer Arrest Authority (05E) - 8 hours (excluding examination)

a. Arrest powers, policies, and procedures

b. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(01I) Security Officer Core Subjects In-Service - 4 hours job-related training (not including range retraining)

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-230. Armored car personnel - compulsory minimum training Requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Armored car personnel - 28 hours (31 hours with shotgun)

a. 03E: Armored Car Procedures - 12 hours

b. 07E: Entry-level Handgun - 16 hours

c. 08E: Entry-level Shotgun - 3 hours (if applicable - to also have access to a shotgun while on duty, the additional shotgun course is required)

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Armored Car Procedures (03E) - 12 hours (excluding examination)

a. Administration and armored car orientation

b. Signs of terrorism

c. Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

d. Armored car procedures

e. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(03I) Armored Car Personnel In-Service - 4 hours job-related training (not including range retraining)

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-240. Central station dispatcher - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Central station dispatcher - 8 hours

a. 30E: Electronic Security Core Subjects - 4 hours

b. 38E: Central Station Dispatcher - 4 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

1. Electronic security core subjects (30E) - 4 hours (excluding examination)

a. Administration and orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia

(2) Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(3) Signs of terrorism

b. Overview of electronic security

c. False alarm prevention

d. Written comprehensive examination

2. Central station dispatcher (38E) - 4 hours (excluding examination)

a. Central station dispatcher subjects

(1) Duties and responsibilities

(2) Communications skills

(3) Emergency procedures

b. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification, shall be as follows:

(30I) Electronic Security Subjects In-Service - 4 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-250. Detector canine handler - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Detector Canine Handler - 160 hours (excluding certification examination)

a. 04ED: Detector Canine Handler - 160 hours

b. Certification exam by a certified detector canine handler examiner

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Detector canine handler (04ED) - 160 hours to include practical exercises (excluding certification exam)

a. Introduction/orientation/administration

(1) Code of ethics

(2) General duties and responsibilities

(3) Legal

(4) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(5) Signs of terrorism

b. Working canines

(1) Historical perspective

(2) Terms and definitions

(3) Methodology and application

(4) Training documentation

(5) Search patterns

c. Basic canine handling (including practical exercises)

(1) Training

(2) Care and health

(3) Emergency medical care

d. Detector canine deployment

Canine behavior: reading and understanding

e. Explosive or narcotics familiarization (including practical exercises)

(1) Illegal narcotics familiarization

(2) Explosives substance and I.E.D. familiarization

(3) Safety

f. Written comprehensive exam

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(04ID) Detector Canine Handler In-Service - 8 hours (excluding certification exam)

a. Detector canine team retraining and problem solving

b. Search techniques

c. Terrorist/criminal intelligence updates and team safety

d. Certification exam (conducted by a certified detector canine handler examiner)

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-260. Electronic security technician - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Electronic security technician - 14 hours

a. 30E: Electronic Security Core Subjects - 4 hours

b. 35E: Electronic Security Technician - 10 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

1. Electronic security core subjects (30E) - 4 hours (excluding examination)

a. Administration and orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia

(2) Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(3) Signs of terrorism

b. Overview of electronic security

c. False alarm prevention

d. Written comprehensive examination

2. Electronic security technician (35E) - 4 hours (excluding examination)

a. Electronic security technician subjects - 10 hours

(1) Duties and responsibilities

(2) Electronics

(3) Control panels

(4) Protection devices and application

(5) Test equipment

(6) Power and grounding

(7) National electrical code

(8) Job safety

b. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(30I) Electronic Security Subjects In-Service - 4 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-270. Electronic security technician assistant - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Electronic security technician's assistant - 4 hours

30E: Electronic Security Core Subjects - 4 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Electronic security core subjects (30E) - 4 hours (excluding examination)

a. Administration and orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia

(2) Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(3) Signs of terrorism

b. Overview of electronic security

c. False alarm prevention

d. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(30I) Electronic Security Subjects In-Service - 4 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-280. Electronic security sales representative - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Electronic security sales representative - 8 hours

a. 30E: Electronic Security Core Subjects - 4 hours

b. 39E: Electronic Security Sales - 4 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course, excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

1. Electronic security core subjects (30E) - 4 hours (excluding examination)

a. Administration and orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia

(2) Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(3) Signs of terrorism

b. Overview of electronic security

c. False alarm prevention

d. Written comprehensive examination

2. Electronic security sales representative (39E) - 4 hours (excluding examination)

a. Electronic security sales representative subjects

(1) Duties and responsibilities

(2) System design and components

(3) False alarm prevention

b. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(30I) Electronic Security Subjects In-Service - 4 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-290. Locksmith - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Locksmith - 18 hours

25E: Locksmith - 18 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Locksmith (25E) –18 hours (excluding examination)

a. Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

b. Signs of terrorism

c. Orientation to locksmithing

(1) History of locksmithing

(2) Ethics

(3) Trade resources

(4) Terminology

(5) Professional conduct

(6) Job safety

d. Public safety codes

(1) National Fire Protection Association Codes 80 and 101

(2) Overview of authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs)

(3) Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended

(4) Terminology

(5) Safety code resources

e. Technical applications

(1) Terminology (to include definition, purpose, and function)

(2) Locks/types

(3) Handing

(4) Master keying

(5) Key records and codes

(6) Key blanks and keyways

(7) Physical security

(8) Types of client sites

(9) Safes and vaults

(10) Access control

(11) Handling restricted keys

(12) Door system components

(13) Automotive

f. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(25I) Locksmith In-Service - 4 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-300. Personal protection specialist - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Personal protection specialist - 60 hours

a. 32E: Personal Protection Specialist - 60 hours

b. 07E: Entry-level Handgun - 16 hours (prerequisite for 09E Advanced Handgun)

c. 09E: Advanced Handgun - 14 hours (for armed personal protection specialists)

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Personal protection specialist (32E) - 60 hours (excluding written examination and practical exercises)

a. Administration and personal protection orientation

b. Signs of terrorism

c. Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

d. Assessment of threat and protectee vulnerability

e. Legal authority and civil law

f. Protective detail operations

g. Emergency procedures

(1) CPR

(2) Emergency first aid

(3) Defensive preparedness

h. Performance evaluation - five practical exercises

i. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(32I) Personal Protection Specialist In-Service - 8 hours job-related training (not including range retraining for armed)

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-310. Private investigator - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Private investigator - 60 hours

02E: Private Investigator Subjects - 60 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

Private investigator (02E) - 60 hours (excluding examination and practical exercises)

a. Orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia

(2) Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(3) Standards of professional conduct

(4) Ethics

(5) Signs of terrorism

b. Law - one practical exercise

(1) Basic law

(2) Legal procedures and due process

(3) Criminal and civil law

(4) Evidence

(5) Legal privacy requirements

c. General investigative skills - one practical exercise

(1) Tools and techniques

(2) Surveillance

(3) Research

(4) Interviewing

d. Documentation - one practical exercise

(1) Report preparations

(2) Photography

(3) Audio recording

(4) General communication

(5) Courtroom testimony

e. Types of investigations - one practical exercise

(1) Accident

(2) Insurance

(3) Background

(4) Domestic

(5) Undercover

(6) Fraud and financial

(7) Missing persons and property

(8) Criminal

f. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises and range qualification shall be as follows:

(02I) Private Investigator In-Service - 8 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-320. Security canine handler - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be:

Security canine handler - 30 hours (excluding basic obedience training)

a. 01E: Security Officer Core Subjects - 18 hours (prerequisite for 04ES)

b. Prerequisite for 04ES - Basic Obedience Training

c. 04ES: Security Canine Handler - 12 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course excluding examinations, mandated practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as provided in this subsection.

1. Security officer core subjects (01E) - 18 hours (excluding examination)

The entry level curriculum for unarmed security officer, armed security officer/courier, security canine handler, and alarm respondent sets forth the following areas identified as:

a. Orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(2) Code of ethics

(3) General duties and responsibilities

(4) Signs of terrorism

b. Law

c. Security patrol, access control, and communications

d. Documentation

e. Emergency procedures

f. Confrontation management

g. Use of force

h. Written comprehensive examination

2. Security canine handler (04ES) - 12 hours (excluding examination and basic obedience training)

a. Prerequisites for security canine handler entry level (official documentation required): successful completion of basic obedience training

b. Demonstration of proficiency. The student must demonstrate his proficiency in the handling of a security canine to satisfy the minimum standards

c. Evaluation by a certified private security canine handler instructor and basic obedience retraining

d. Security canine handler orientation; legal authority

e. Canine patrol techniques

f. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations, practical exercises, and range qualification shall be as follows:

(04IS) Security Canine Handler In-Service - 8 hours

a. Basic obedience evaluation and retraining

b. Canine grooming, feeding, and health care

c. Apprehension techniques

d. Obedience

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

6VAC20-174-330. Unarmed security officer - compulsory minimum training requirements.

A. Entry-level course and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum entry-level training courses and specific minimum hour requirement excluding examinations and practical exercises shall be:

Unarmed security officer - 18 hours

01E: Security Officer Core Subjects - 18 hours

B. Entry-level course content. The compulsory minimum entry-level training course content by specific course, excluding examinations and mandated practical exercises shall be as provided in this subsection.

Security officer core subjects (01E) - 18 hours (excluding examination)

a. Orientation

(1) Applicable sections of the Code of Virginia and Regulations Relating to Private Security Services

(2) Code of ethics

(3) General duties and responsibilities

(4) Signs of Terrorism

b. Law

c. Security patrol, access control, and communications

d. Documentation

e. Emergency procedures

f. Confrontation management

g. Use of force

h. Written comprehensive examination

C. In-service course content and minimum hour requirement. The compulsory minimum in-service training content and minimum hour requirement excluding examinations and practical exercises shall be as follows:

(01I) Security Officer Core Subjects In-Service - 4 hours job-related training

Statutory Authority

§ 9.1-141 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. September 9, 2015.

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