eureka40 wrote:Do you have to be a school employee (as I am not) to take the Texas School Safety Course?
If not, does anyone have a link to sign up for the course around Austin/Georgetown?
Thanks in advance.
No, you do not have to be a school employee to take the school safety course. KR Training is offering the course. This is the closest that I know about.
KR Training Schedule
KR Training's primary range is about an hour east of Austin. However, the next class KR Training is offering will be in Conroe, on March 12-13. WFAA TV (Dallas) reports only 23 certified instructors in the state for this course. I have seen messages on this forum from instructors offering the course. Prices I have seen range from $400 to $465. Karl Rehn (KR Training) plans to offer another class this spring. Ammo requirements I have seen range from 200 to 300 rounds. I fired 318 in the class I took. This course is a minimum 15 hours. I have only seen it offered as a two-day class. If you don't live near the training facility, factor in travel, lodging, and food expenses. This is an expensive course, but worth the cost.
From KR Training's course description (There is a typo in the description. The Shooting Under Duress shooting exercise developed by DPS is 120 rounds, not 50 rounds.):
In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed SB 1857, entitled “The Texas School Safety Training Act.” This bill established a process by which license to carry (LTC) instructors can provide a state certified training program for school districts and school employees who wish to have employees with LTCs carry handguns on campus.
A school employee wishing to get this certification must do more than sit through two days of classes. For example, they must:
* already possess a LTC
* demonstrate proficiency with their handgun with a passing score of 90 percent (compared to the passing score of 70 percent to get your LTC)
* pass two written examinations with a score of 90 percent (compared to the passing score of 70 percent on one written examination to get your LTC)
This course content is general enough that it has value to anyone interested in active shooter response, and as a state-certified, state-developed course, the training it provides will be more legally defensible in court than other uncertified courses offered by private sector schools.
I am not a public school employee. I passed the certification course at KR Training last December. This course is applicable to churches and that is the purpose for which I took the course. The first thing we did was shoot the LTC course of fire. All 18 students scored over 90%. If you don't pass the tests, you don't have to leave the class. However, you must pass to get your certificate.
This link is to Karl Rehn's review of the class: