As we move toward implementing our new eLicensure portal in the coming months, there are several other critical adjustments we will make to the benefit of our security officers, instructors and industry partner companies alike. So…let’s get started:
First, we will be migrating all security officers, companies, instructors and QAs to a bi-modal licensure cycle. What does that mean? It’s simple. All security officers over the next two years will have their expiration dates adjusted to March 31, 20XX. Every year, renewals will open on October 1st and end the following March 31st.
|Officers who successfully complete the credentialing process between:||Your initial certification date will be March 31|
|January 01-June 30||2 years in the future|
|July 1-December 31||3 years in the future|
Once everyone cycles through, every company licensed in Louisiana will know that their security officers all expire on the same date. Since firearms certifications are annual, and are tied to the day training and testing is completed, it will be up to the company training officer or coordinator to track and maintain firearms credentialing. That will be made a bit easier with the advent of the eLicensure portal, but will remain the responsibility of the security officer and their employer to assure no gap in certification. The new system, once implemented, will immediately downgrade any security officer credential to an “unarmed” status effective 12:00 AM on the morning that their firearms certification expires. Fines will also be immediately assessed for lapses not properly communicated to the licensure section of the State Board.
Because of the six (6) month head start for executing renewals, there will and can be no grace periods of any kind. Credentialing is the legal authority and cover granted by the State of Louisiana under to function; moreover, uncredentialed individuals are not covered by the requisite insurance policies the state requires by law.
Between October 1st and March 31st, prior to the requirement to be renewed by April 1st, all security officers, going forward, will be required to complete a refresher training course prescribed by the State Board. This training course will be the responsibility of the security officer to complete and will be conducted via an online training delivery mechanism. The training is designed to guarantee that each officer scores 100% by scoring the initial pass through the material and test, and then taking them back through the portions they missed to assure that the information is being conveyed and understood. Upon completion, they will be able to upload a copy of their certificate into the eLicensure portal for review by the Training and Education Section.
This training can be done via smart phone, tablet, laptop of desktop computer, and will be accessible on public workstations such as those found in State Public Libraries. Using an online delivery method obviates the need for travel, scheduling and the like. The cost of the training every two (2) years will be nominal–meaning substantially less than the $250.00 that is required for other professional licenses. Current estimates to the process place the cost somewhere around $40.00 every two (2) years–keeping the refresher courses from being cost-prohibitive to the security officers and the companies that may choose to pay for or subsidize the cost upon renewal.