Texas Security Guard Training

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Texas Security Guard Training

Texas Security Guard Training

Texas Security Guard Training Requirements

In Texas, the Private Security Bureau within the Department of Public Safety regulates the private security industry, including security guard training and licensing. The Private Security Act contains most of the regulations in regards to security guard training and licensing.

The Private Security Act defines what it means for a person to act as a guard company if it engages in the business of or undertakes to provide a private watchman, guard, or street patrol service on a contractual basis for another person to:

  • prevent entry, larceny, vandalism, abuse, fire, or trespass on private property;
  • prevent, observe, or detect unauthorized activity on private property;
  • control, regulate, or direct the movement of the public, whether by vehicle or otherwise, only to the extent and for the time directly and specifically required to ensure the protection of property;
  • protect an individual from bodily harm including through the use of a personal protection officer; or
  • perform a function similar to a function listed above

The Private Security Act divides private security guards into three categories that each require different levels of training and licensure. A person has to step sequentially up through these security training and licensure levels.

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  • Unarmed – Level 2 – Non-commissioned Security Officer
  • Armed  – Level 3 – Commissioned Security Officer
  • Personal Protection Officer  – Level 4 – Body Guard

Note: Level 1 no longer exists. Level 1 used to be an online test that guards took before they started working as guards. Level 1 was replaced with additional security training hours in Level 2.

Unarmed – Level 2 – Non-commissioned Security Officer

Armed – Level 3 – Commissioned Security Officer

Personal Protection Officer – Level 4 – Bodyguard

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