Project Description

Armed Security Officer/Guard Requirements for the State of Tennessee

Class Time: 16 hrs

Class Cost: $175

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before class to allow time to complete some necessary paperwork. Online registration and payment are crucial to obtaining a seat for this class.

Students need to bring their duty weapon to use during the live fire portion of the class with 50 + rounds of ammunition. Duty belt with holster, magazine pouch and total of three magazines are recommended but not required to complete the course of fire. It is recommended that students wear a hat with bill, closed-toe footwear and comfortable clothes with high neckline.

Zirkops will provide you with hearing and eye protection for use during the range portion of the class.

Requirements for armed security guard registration:

Be at least 21

Be a citizen or equivalent

No convictions in the last 5 years (including probation)

Mentally competent

Good moral character

No drug or alcohol use or dependence

No disabilities that would prevent performance of duty

Completion of mandatory training requirements

Submit to fingerprinting for both the TBI and the FBI

State Requirements

Training to become a Tennessee certified armed security officer includes an examination covering specific subject materials. All candidates must complete:


1-Hour Class Segments

Segments will cover:

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


8 Classroom Hours

Class time will cover:

  • Legal limitations on the use of a firearm
  • Handling of a firearm
  • Safety and maintenance of firearms


4 Hours Marksmanship Training

Marksmanship training includes:

  • A shooting test
  • Test requires a minimum of 70% score on an approved silhouette target course
  • Target course must be approved by the commissioner


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

Training requirements for the use of a baton, Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW), chemical spray, and handcuffing are taught separately.

Licensing Body: Department of Commerce and Insurance

Law: Chapter 0780-5-2-.24

Armed Guard

Armed Guards/Officers Renew Registration Every 2 Years