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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXXII
REGULATION OF PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
Chapter 493
PRIVATE INVESTIGATIVE, PRIVATE SECURITY, AND REPOSSESSION SERVICES
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Section 493.6203, Florida Statutes 2009

493.6203  License requirements.--In addition to the license requirements set forth elsewhere in this chapter, each individual or agency shall comply with the following additional requirements:

(1)  Each agency or branch office shall designate a minimum of one appropriately licensed individual to act as manager, directing the activities of the Class "C" or Class "CC" employees.

(2)  An applicant for a Class "MA" license shall have 2 years of lawfully gained, verifiable, full-time experience, or training in:

(a)  Private investigative work or related fields of work that provided equivalent experience or training;

(b)  Work as a Class "CC" licensed intern;

(c)  Any combination of paragraphs (a) and (b);

(d)  Experience described in paragraph (a) for 1 year and experience described in paragraph (e) for 1 year;

(e)  No more than 1 year using:

1.  College coursework related to criminal justice, criminology, or law enforcement administration; or

2.  Successfully completed law enforcement-related training received from any federal, state, county, or municipal agency; or

(f)  Experience described in paragraph (a) for 1 year and work in a managerial or supervisory capacity for 1 year.

(3)  An applicant for a Class "M" license shall qualify for licensure as a Class "MA" manager as outlined under subsection (2) and as a Class "MB" manager as outlined under s. 493.6303(2).

(4)  An applicant for a Class "C" license shall have 2 years of lawfully gained, verifiable, full-time experience, or training in one, or a combination of more than one, of the following:

(a)  Private investigative work or related fields of work that provided equivalent experience or training.

(b)  College coursework related to criminal justice, criminology, or law enforcement administration, or successful completion of any law enforcement-related training received from any federal, state, county, or municipal agency, except that no more than 1 year may be used from this category.

(c)  Work as a Class "CC" licensed intern.

(5)  Effective January 1, 2008, an applicant for a Class "MA," Class "M," or Class "C" license must pass an examination that covers the provisions of this chapter and is administered by the department or by a provider approved by the department. The applicant must pass the examination before applying for licensure and must submit proof with the license application on a form approved by rule of the department that he or she has passed the examination. The administrator of the examination shall verify the identity of each applicant taking the examination.

(a)  The examination requirement in this subsection does not apply to an individual who holds a valid Class "CC," Class "C," Class "MA," or Class "M" license.

(b)  Notwithstanding the exemption provided in paragraph (a), if the license of an applicant for relicensure has been invalid for more than 1 year, the applicant must take and pass the examination.

(c)  The department shall establish by rule the content of the examination, the manner and procedure of its administration, and an examination fee that may not exceed $100.

(6)(a)  A Class "CC" licensee shall serve an internship under the direction and control of a designated sponsor, who is a Class "C," Class "MA," or Class "M" licensee.

(b)  Effective September 1, 2008, an applicant for a Class "CC" license must have completed at least 24 hours of a 40-hour course pertaining to general investigative techniques and this chapter, which course is offered by a state university or by a school, community college, college, or university under the purview of the Department of Education, and the applicant must pass an examination. The certificate evidencing satisfactory completion of at least 24 hours of a 40-hour course must be submitted with the application for a Class "CC" license. The remaining 16 hours must be completed and an examination passed within 180 days. If documentation of completion of the required training is not submitted within the specified timeframe, the individual's license is automatically suspended or his or her authority to work as a Class "CC" pursuant to s. 493.6105(9) is rescinded until such time as proof of certificate of completion is provided to the department. The training course specified in this paragraph may be provided by face-to-face presentation, online technology, or a home study course in accordance with rules and procedures of the Department of Education. The administrator of the examination must verify the identity of each applicant taking the examination.

1.  Upon an applicant's successful completion of each part of the approved course and passage of any required examination, the school, community college, college, or university shall issue a certificate of completion to the applicant. The certificates must be on a form established by rule of the department.

2.  The department shall establish by rule the general content of the training course and the examination criteria.

3.  If the license of an applicant for relicensure has been invalid for more than 1 year, the applicant must complete the required training and pass any required examination.

(7)  In addition to any other requirement, an applicant for a Class "G" license shall satisfy the firearms training set forth in s. 493.6115.

History.--ss. 3, 11, ch. 90-364; s. 9, ch. 91-248; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 1, ch. 2007-232.

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