Continuing Education for New Mexico Private Investigators

PI Education online continuing education courses for private investigators satisfy your continuing education requirements for New Mexico.

All PI Education online continuing education courses have been approved and may be verified with the New Mexico Private Investigations Board.

FAQ’S Regarding Continuing Education for New Mexico Private Investigators

The following are the New Mexico rules regarding private investigator continuing education as posted and mandated by the licensing authority:

Private investigators must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of continuing education training from an approved source, during the renewal period to maintain their license.

16.48.6.8         CONTINUING EDUCATION:

A.        Continuing education is required for renewal of an individual license and registration.

B.        Private investigators must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of continuing education training from an approved source, during the renewal period to maintain their license.

C.        Security guards must complete a minimum of four (4) hours of continuing education training from an approved source, during the renewal period to maintain their license.

D.        Polygraph licensees must complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education training from an approved source, during the renewal period to maintain their license.

E.         Proof of participation in or presentation of continuing education activity must be submitted with the license renewal request if the licensee is audited.

F.         All continuing education hours must be earned during the current one (1) year renewal period of July 1 thru June 30; no carryover will be permitted.

G.        Firearms re-qualification courses will not count towards mandatory training.

H.        Approved sources for continuing education are:

(1)     college level courses;

(2)     in-house training provided by a private patrol company licensed by the department;

(3)     the New Mexico law enforcement academy; or

(4)     any other department-approved educational institution.

I.          One hour of continuing education credit will be granted for each hour attended in a topic which directly relates to the performance of duties under the respective license. College level courses will be granted fifteen (15) hours of continuing education credit for each successfully completed college credit.

J.          Completion of training courses required for initial licensing will satisfy the continuing education requirements for the first licensing period of an initial license.

K.        No license or registration shall be renewed without proof of required continuing education credits.

[16.48.6.8 NMAC – N, 09/24/08]

NOTE:

Security guard training must be with the Board approved curriculum by an approved instructor.

NOTICE TO ALL PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS BOARD LICENSEES AND APPLICANTS REGARDING SECURITY GUARD LEVEL ONE, TWO, AND THREE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS, ONLINE TRAINING IS NOT ACCEPTED FOR SECURITY GUARD LEVEL ONE, TWO, AND THREE REGISTRATION: 

Pursuant to NMSA 1978, Sections 61-27B-5(D)(3), the Regulation and Licensing Department is responsible for adopting and “establishing minimum training and education standards for licensure and registration” of level one, two and three security guards in the state of New Mexico.   The RLD has established training requirements for security guard training for level one, two and three applicants in 16.48.2.17, 16.48.2.18 and 16.48.2.19 NMAC, respectively.  Each of these rules requires that all training to qualify for a registration as level one, two or three security guard, requires “training shall be taught by an in-person instructor.” The RLD has defined “in-person” as “in one’s bodily presence.”  RLD is applying a dictionary definition to the term “in-person.” Pursuant to 16.48.2.17, 16.48.2.18 and 16.48.2.19 NMAC, online training does not qualify an applicant for registration for security guard level one, two, or three.