§ 21.32. Applicant qualification requirements.
A person or entity desiring certification to operate a lethal weapons training school shall satisfy the following requirements:
(1) Geographic location. Schools must be located within this Commonwealth. No school may conduct training at a location other than that specified on the application for school certification submitted to the Department.
(2) Administrative structure standard. An individual, partnership, corporation, vocational/technical school, private trade school, college, university, or similar entity may apply for certification to operate a lethal weapons training school. An individual, partnership, corporation, or similar entity must comply with the requirements of the Fictitious Names Act, 54 Pa.C. S. § § 301332, if the school is to be operated under an assumed or fictitious name. Each school applicant must furnish the Department with a copy of the Fictitious Name Certificate or Articles of Incorporation or both, as the case may be, by attaching same to the application for school certification.
(3) School director standard. Each school applicant must designate a person as school director. A school director is the individual who bears primary responsibility and authority to administer and operate a certified school. No certified school may continue to operate without an approved school director. A designated school director shall comply with the following criteria to be approved by the Commissioner:
(i) Not have been convicted of a disqualifying criminal offense.
(ii) Complete the school director portion of the application for school certification or an application for approval of school director, as the case may be.
(iii) Undergo fingerprinting by the receiving State Police Officer upon presentation of a satisfactorily completed application for school certification or application for approval of school director at a State Police station, except a Turnpike or Interstate station.
(4) Physical and environmental facilities standard. Schools must satisfy the following minimal physical and environmental facilities standards:
(i) Buildings or other facilities must be approved from a standpoint of public safety by either State or local fire marshals, or inspectors of the Department of Labor and Industry in accordance with the statutes of the Commonwealth and any local ordinances relating to building regulations for the protection from fire and panic.
(ii) Sufficient facilities and space shall be available for both classroom and practical training.
(iii) The furniture, equipment, and supplies of the school must be of sufficient type, quality, and amount to adequately accomplish the required training.
(iv) Every firing range facility must comply with the minimum range safety standards of the National Rifle Association, and the school applicant must provide documentary proof thereof. Additionally, every indoor firing range must comply with minimum air quality standards.
(5) Curriculum standard. The course prescribed by the Commissioner must constitute the following minimum basic and renewal education and training programs for certified agents:
(i) Lesson plans. A comprehensive set of lesson plans for the entire established program must be maintained and utilized by each certified school in its presentation of the required course.
(ii) Course materials. Each school must maintain a complete listing of books, handouts, training aids, or other course materials.
(iii) Copies of the act. Each student must be provided with a copy of the act and this chapter as a part of the regular school tuition.
(iv) Final examinations. Each school must maintain, for 5 years, a copy of final examinations with correct answers indicated.
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