Certification of security guards in Florida could soon become an online process under a bill approved by a House committee on Thursday.
State law currently requires aspiring security guards — armed and unarmed — to complete an in-person training course prior to certification.
Proposal (HB 1233), however, would move the unarmed formation into line. Armed courses, on the other hand, can include a maximum of 21 hours of online teaching. The rest of the training, including the firearms portion, would remain in person.
Brevard County Republican Representative randy good is the sponsor of the bill. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations subcommittee moved the bill forward unanimously.
Fine’s proposal comes after Florida allowed officer candidates to acquire their certification online early in the pandemic. The measure would revive the online option and “modernize” the process, Fine said.
California and Georgia are among several states that allow online training for unarmed security officers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
“It worked pretty well,” Fine told committee members. “It would just allow us to continue with what we’ve seen work during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) oversees state licensing and compliance standards. They offer over 22 types of licenses, including security licenses, concealed weapons licenses, and private investigator certifications.
As part of this measure, FDACS must ensure that security schools maintain a physical location and verify that a candidate has completed the training. Safety schools must also hold an insurance policy of at least $1 million.
“As of December 31, 2021, the Division had issued a total of 169,758 private investigation, private security and recovery services licenses and 2,459,530 concealed weapons permits, to qualified applicants,” said a staff analysis Noted.
The bill will then appear before the House Commerce Committee. republican senator Jennifer Bradley of Orange Park is the companion sponsor of the invoice (SB 1474). This measure still has two committee judgments.
If signed into law, the bill will come into force on July 1.