top of page

Businesses are fast learning the value and importance of hiring Security to protect their people and assets. They also know having an Armed Officer is a major responsibility.  

The APPS Armed Guard Course is the premier and most sought out training Academy Certification in Tennessee. We combine class room instruction with our state-of-the-art virtual simulator providing realistic scenarios to create a more comprehensive and robust course that far exceeds industry standards. Combined with our additional voluntary Medical First Responder course, you will graduate well prepared and well ahead of the standard Armed Guard courses. The intense 16-hour curriculum provides the confidence required to carry a firearm in pursuit of a professional career in the Security Specialist Industry.  

Training Requirements:
An armed guard must complete four hours in the classroom covering: 

  • Orientation

  • Legal powers and limitations of a security guard/officer

  • Emergency procedures

  • General duties

An armed guard must complete eight additional hours in the classroom covering: 

  • Legal limitations on the use of a firearm 

  •  Handling of a firearm

  • Safety and maintenance of firearms

An armed guard must complete four additional hours on the shooting range: 

  • Marksmanship training / achieve a minimum of 70% on any silhouette target course approved by the commissioner


COST: $200  

    $270 w/Basic Dallas  (Save $10)

    $345 w/Preferred Dallas (Save $30)

    $440 w/Basic Dallas + Less Than Lethal  (Save $40)

DURATION: 16 hours (Two 8-hour days)

Class Begins: 9:00AM

PREREQUISITE: Solid grasp on firearm safety and handling

Watch This Video


  • Reliable Centerfire Firearm (firearms available for rent) every additional firearm added to registration $25/ weapon 

  • 2 Magazines (Minimum)  

  • Outside the Waistband Holster (If you own your own firearm)  

  • Rugged Belt  

  • Spare Magazine Holder  

  • Eye and Ear Protection  

  • Rugged/Comfortable Clothes and Shoes  

  • 50 rounds of ammunition; 5 rounds of which need to be self defense/duty rounds  (available for purchase if needed) 

  • Please clean your gun in advance of the course or bring your gun cleaning kit with you 

  • Notebook and pen 


Under Tennessee Law: each Armed Security Officer MUST qualify/certify with each firearm they are going to carry while on duty. This means by make, model, and caliber. 

Restricted Items:
• Serpa Type, Shoulder, or Small of the Back Holsters 

Special Note: 
• This is not an introductory class. Students must possess and demonstrate basic, safe gun handling. Failure to meet this requirement will result in removal from the course without a refund. 

If you fail the shooting qualification for the Armed Guard or Armed Guard Recertification Class, you will have one (1) opportunity to reshoot. The fee is  $40.00  and the qualification course must be reshot within  30 days  of your original class date. You  must  schedule  your  reshoot with the front desk  by calling 615-360-6002.  


bottom of page