§ 5-57-16. Experience or examination requirements.
(a) Every alarm business shall meet either the experience requirement of subsection (c) of this section or the examination requirement of subsection (f) of this section before it may engage in the alarm business.
(b) Applicants engaged in the alarm business on September 1, 1977 have three (3) months from the date of conditional approval of their alarm business application by the licensing authority to comply with the examination requirements of this section; provided, that if within that time the applicant is unable to engage an individual meeting the requirements of subsection (f) of this section, the licensing authority may for good cause shown, extend for a reasonable time, not to exceed ninety (90) days, the period within which the applicant shall comply with this section. Upon satisfactory completion of the examination, procedures, content, and passing scores for which are established in rules and regulations, the licensing authority shall lift its conditional approval and grant its full approval of the company licensed to do business. Applicants who do not take the examination must satisfy the experience requirement required by subsection (c) of this section.
(c) Experience requirement: In order to comply with this requirement, at least one individual who is an owner, officer, partner, manager, or employee of the applicant shall establish that he or she was engaged or was employed in an alarm business in sales, installation or service for an aggregate period of three (3) years prior to the filing of the application. That individual shall file with the licensing authority sworn statements relating to the foregoing facts of at least two (2) citizens of the community or communities in which that individual was so engaged or employed. The individual whom the applicant relies upon to comply with this subsection is required to devote a substantial portion of his or her time to engaging in and/or supervising the sale, installation, or servicing of alarm systems on behalf of the applicant.
(d) For the purposes of the three (3) year experience requirement of subsection (c) of this section, employment by or engagement in an alarm business in one or more communities within the state may be aggregated. In the event that the individual whom the applicant relies upon to comply with subsection (c) of this section must aggregate his or her past experience in the alarm business in two (2) or more states, the individual must submit sworn statements of two (2) or more citizens of each state or states as to that experience.
(e) If the licensing authority determines that the applicant has not satisfactorily complied with subsection (c) of this section or that the prior experience of the individual whom the applicant relies upon to comply with subsection (c) of this section is not sufficient to permit the applicant to engage in the alarm business, it may require the applicant to comply with subsection (f) of this section.
(f) Examination requirement: The licensing authority shall prepare and administer at least twice annually an examination or examinations designed to measure an individual's knowledge and competence in the alarm business. It may administer separate examinations to test an individual's knowledge and competence with respect to the type and nature of the alarm business in which the applicant proposes to engage. The individual who qualifies under this subsection shall be required to devote a substantial portion of his or her time to engaging in and/or supervising the sale, installation, or servicing of alarm systems on behalf of the applicant.
(g) In the event that the individual whom the applicant relies upon to comply with subsection (c) of this section or to qualify under subsection (f) of this section within a period of three (3) years after that compliance or qualification for any reason ceases to perform his or her duties on a regular basis, the alarm business shall promptly notify the licensing authority by certified mail and shall make every effort to promptly obtain a substitute eligible individual acceptable to the licensing authority. If the alarm business fails to obtain a substitute eligible individual within six (6) months from and after the disqualification of the licensee, the licensing authority may revoke the alarm business license or, for good cause shown, may extend for a reasonable time the period for obtaining a substitute qualifying individual or the licensing authority may determine, based upon the experience and performance of the alarm business, that the alarm business does not need to obtain a substitute qualifying individual.
(P.L. 1977, ch. 248, § 1; P.L. 1978, ch. 119, § 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 219, § 1.)