62-32-313. Qualifying agents -- Application for license -- Requirements -- Examination -- Term of license -- Renewal.

*** Current through the 2015 Regular Session ***

Title 62  Professions, Businesses and Trades  
Chapter 32  Fire Protection and Alarm Systems  
Part 3  Alarm Contractors Licensing Act of 1991

Tenn. Code Ann. § 62-32-313  (2015)

62-32-313.  Qualifying agents -- Application for license -- Requirements -- Examination -- Term of license -- Renewal.

  (a) Anyone desiring to be licensed as a qualifying agent shall make written application to the board on forms prescribed by the board. The application shall be accompanied by an application fee as set by the board.

(b) An applicant shall meet all of the requirements for a registered employee as indicated in § 62-32-312(e). Application shall be accompanied by the documents required for employee registration as detailed in § 62-32-312(d).

(c) An applicant for qualifying agent shall meet the following combination of experience and educational requirements:

   (1) The applicant must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering, industrial technology, computer engineering, or industrial engineering from an accredited university or college acceptable to the board with at least two (2) years actual experience in the alarm industry;

   (2) The applicant must hold an associates degree in engineering technology from an accredited two-year technical college acceptable to the board with at least four (4) years actual experience in the alarm industry; or

   (3) The applicant must hold current certification by a national training program approved by the board in the field of work to be installed, serviced or monitored and have at least five (5) years of working experience in the alarm industry covering the actual installation of alarms.

(d) If the application is satisfactory to the board, the qualifying agent shall be entitled to an examination to determine the agent's qualifications. This examination may be written or oral, or both. The board shall be entitled to charge each applicant an examination fee as set by the board for each written or oral examination, or both.

(e) If the results of the examination of any applicant are satisfactory to the board, then it shall issue to the applicant a license as a qualified agent in this state. The board shall state the classifications in which the applicant is qualified to engage.

(f) Licenses as a qualifying agent shall expire on the last day of the twenty-fourth month following its issuance or renewal and shall become invalid on that date unless renewed.

(g) Renewal notices shall be mailed to the last known address of the qualified agent ninety (90) days prior to the expiration date of the license. The renewal must be received in the office of the board prior to the expiration of the license.

(h) It is the duty of the board to notify every person registered under this part by mail to the last known address of the date of expiration of the person's certificate of license and the amount of fee required for its renewal for two (2) years. The notice shall be mailed in accordance with this section.

(i) The fee to be paid for the renewal of a certificate of license after the expiration date shall be increased ten percent (10%) for each month or fraction of a month that payment for renewal is delayed; provided, that the maximum fee for a delayed renewal shall not exceed twice the normal fee.

(j) No qualifying agent shall be qualified to receive a renewal license when the agent has been in default in complying with this part for a period of three (3) months, and, in that event, the qualifying agent, in order to qualify under the law, shall make a new application as in the case of the issuance of the original license.

(k) The board shall not grant renewal of a qualifying agent license until it has received satisfactory evidence of continuing education during the previous two (2) years. The board shall promulgate rules to establish minimum satisfactory standards of continuing education.

(l) The board may, after notice and an opportunity for hearing, suspend, revoke or deny renewal of a license to a qualifying agent who is a qualifying agent for a person, firm, association or corporation that has had its certification suspended or revoked under § 62-32-319. The board shall in all cases before hearing any charges against any registrant furnish a written copy of the charges against the accused, including notice of the time and place where the charges will be heard, and give reasonable opportunity for the accused to be present and offer any evidence the accused may wish. The accused shall have the right to an attorney if the accused so desires. The revocation or suspension of license shall be in writing, stating the grounds upon which the board decision is based. The aggrieved person shall have the right to appeal from the decision.

(m) No qualifying agent may be the qualifying agent for more than one (1) business location.

HISTORY:  Acts 1991, ch. 400, § 13; 1996, ch. 848, §§ 15, 16; 2008, ch. 1038, §§ 8-10, 15; 2013, ch. 142, § 1.

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