How to Become a Civilian TASER®* International Certified Instructor Who Certifies Instructors – No Law Enforcement Training or Experience Necessary
Opinion Editorial by Rex Venator
You Pay all travel and lodging expenses plus approximately $390.00 for the online and practical course; You Pay an Annual $1,200.00 Licensing Fee, Taser Collects Online Fees from each of your students; You then Pay TASER a Percentage off of each Student you bring in; You Pay for all Training Materials, You Pay TASER for training cartridges and other TASER equipment; You Pay for all class rent; You Pay for electricity, air and heat, and YOU repeat the process early and often for the insidious privilege to Pay TASER in able to Create Your Own Future, Replicating Competition.
In response to some queries as to why I opted NOT to renew my TASER Instructor Certification Certificate for the 4th time, the above has been posted on a Bailspeak Sister Website, but, more importantly, how many people can really comply with the above and utter antithesis of even beginning to exist in the Free Market as a TASER Certified Instructor?
It all sounds like a great idea in the furtherance to Protect Life ~ really? What happens if, however unlikely and due to Free Market realities, the private security and bounty hunting industries suffers a deluge of so-called “train the trainer” instructors? Is this strong likelihood a good thing or bad thing when it comes to protecting the public?
The good news is that there is NO CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT to carry a TASER CEW® in California, and Bailspeak still offers both TASER CEW products and a Tactical TASER CEW Training Course that counts for 6 Hours of Continuing Bail Education—without TASER’s newly oppressive monetary requirements.
Furthermore, I learned that TASER personnel erroneously “assumed” that each of the posted Bailspeak Class Photos were somehow TASER classes and not Bail Education Training Classes and therefore decided to revamp how it collects money from prior TASER Certified Instructors—Count me out; I am not and have never have been a TASER Kool-Aid drinking minion to the extent that any and all lawsuits that predate 2009 are, reportedly, not being adamantly contested by TASER and TASER devices older than 2005 should be immediately taken off line for, well, to protect the public.
DOUBLE CHECK if the ostensible TASER Instructor who “certified” you on CEWs knows about and has met with the above NEW requirements. If not, TASER personnel have clearly stated that they will not recognize such certifications and have been known to suddenly change policies and retroactively engage in “...wide sweeping enforcement...” to literally renege on what many folks have paid for and relied upon in good faith and without prior notice and No Refunds.
Author’s Opinion Note: I concluded after several telephone conversations with TASER personnel that the above is what happens when people who have always collected paychecks and never had to make a payroll as a business owner, by and large, takeover the training department of a business.
* TASER and CEW are each Registered Trademarks of TASER International, Inc.