Q - Will my security guard certification cover all cities and towns in Texas?  

A – Our course certifies you for all of Texas, not just major cities like Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and El Paso

Q – How long will it take for me to complete the Texas Level II Non-Commissioned License Training Course 

A – This course will take you 6 (six) hours to complete

Q. Is the security guard course hard? 

A. No, basic things you learned in school and common sense. Not all basic security is common sense. There is a 6 hour course that is required to take in Texas.  The exam is not hard, if you pay attention in class and take notes.

Q. How do I get my security guard license in Texas?

A. To become a licensed security guard in the state of Texas, you must first complete the Level II Training Course and pass the Level II state test. All non-commissioned and commissioned security officers must go through this training. The training must be taken at a licensed school and taught by a licensed instructor.  

Q. What disqualifies you from being a security guard in Texas?

A. In Texas, there are specific disqualifying factors that can prevent someone from becoming a security guard or obtaining a security license. These factors typically revolve around criminal history, legal status, and other related issues. Here are some common disqualifiers:

1. Felony Convictions: Individuals with felony convictions are generally disqualified from becoming security guards in Texas. This includes convictions for serious crimes such as murder, sexual assault, robbery, and other violent offenses.

2. Certain Misdemeanor Convictions: While not as strict as felony convictions, certain misdemeanor convictions can also disqualify individuals from obtaining a security license. This may include offenses such as theft, assault, drug-related offenses, and crimes of moral turpitude.

3. Pending Criminal Charges: Individuals who have pending criminal charges may be disqualified from becoming security guards until their legal matters are resolved.

4. Legal Status: Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Non-U.S. citizens who are not authorized to work in the country may be disqualified.

5. False Statements or Omissions: Providing
false information on the application or omitting relevant details about criminal history or other disqualifying factors can also result in disqualification.

6. Mental Health Conditions: In some cases, individuals with certain mental health conditions that could impair their ability to perform the duties of a security guard may be disqualified.

The only permanently disqualifying crimes are a sexually violent offense, as defined by Article 62.001, Code of Criminal Procedure, or a conviction for burglary of a habitation.

It's important to note that the specific criteria for disqualification may vary depending on the employer, the type of security license being sought, and any additional requirements set by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) or other relevant authorities. Applicants should carefully review the eligibility requirements and disclose any relevant
information truthfully on their application.

Q. What do security guards do?

A. Security guards enforce rules on a property, and deter criminal activity, either by walking the facility and grounds to conduct security checks, or monitoring surveillance cameras and alarms. The core responsibilities of any officer are OBSERVE and REPORT.

Q. What qualifications do you need to become a security officer?

A. Most security guard jobs are entry level and typically require a high school diploma, 18 years of age and to pass an FBI background check within your TOPS application.  Individuals seeking an edge in hiring can pursue additional education such as an associate degree in criminal justice. Security guards must also be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing

Q. What are the levels of security guards in Texas?

Level II Noncommissioned Security Officers (Unarmed Security Guard)

Level III
Commissioned Security Officers (Armed Security Guard)

Level IV
Personal Protection Officers (Executive Protection/Bodyguard)

Q. Can Texas security officers carry rifles? 

A. Security officers may not carry rifles in the course and scope of employment or while in uniform. No commissioned security officer or personal protection officer may brandish, point, exhibit, or otherwise display a firearm at any time, except as authorized by law.

Q. Do you need a license to be a bouncer in Texas? 

A. In the state of Texas, it is a criminal offense to carry out any scope of service regarding security-related work without a license – this includes Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, courtesy officers, event staff, and bouncers; if individuals are caught, they can be arrested.

Q. Can security guards’ direct traffic in Texas? 

A. When police officers are otherwise assigned or in short supply, event managers, cities and counties may ask security officers to direct traffic at sports events, concerts, and inside public parking lots.

Q. What is Level 2 in security?

A. A level 2 security guard is the beginning option when it comes to becoming a trained Security Guard. It is considered the "first step". To reach this level, you will need to take a course that consists of one six-hour session that covers security basics.

Q. What can a Level 2 security guard carry in Texas?

A. In Texas, the specific weapons that a level 2 security officer can carry can vary depending on the company they work for and the type of security they are providing. However, typically, level 2 security officers in Texas are permitted to carry non-lethal weapons such as batons, pepper spray, and stun guns. Some companies may also authorize them to carry handcuffs. It's essential for security officers to undergo proper training and certification before being allowed to carry any weapons on duty. Additionally, regulations and licensing requirements may differ based on the specific jurisdiction within Texas. 

Q. How much does it cost to take a Level 2 training course to become a security officer?

A. The cost for Texas on securityguardschool.com is $47.  The cost for a security guard training program online can range from $50-$100 and more for a classroom setting. Commissioned Security Officers (Level 3) must complete additional training at an additional cost of approximately $150-$200 which does not include cost of weapon rental and ammo.

Q. How long does it take to get your Level 2 guard card in Texas?

A. Between 3 - 6 weeks once all the forms have been properly filled out and submitted, you will receive your individual registration. You MUST submit your certificate within the application process.    

Q. How much is a guard card in Texas?

A. The cost of a guard card is $7.00 for each application.

Q. How much is a level 2 application state fees in Texas?

A. The registration fee for non-commissioned, commissioned, and personal protection officer is $65.25 foreach application.

Q. How much is a Level 3 security license in Texas?

A. The cost of obtaining a Level 3 security license in Texas can vary depending on several factors, including the training provider, the location, and any additional fees associated with the application process. Typically, the cost includes fees for the required training courses, background checks, fingerprinting, and the application itself. It's essential to research and compare prices from different training providers and agencies to determine the most accurate cost for your specific situation.

Q. How long does it take to get a level 3 security license in Texas?

A. The Level III Training Course (minimum 45 hours) and test (including course of fire) is required for all commissioned security officers and personal protection officers. This training course must be administered by a licensed Level III Training School and taught by a licensed Level III Instructor.

Q. How much does a Level 3 armed security officer make in Texas?

A. The average Armed Security Guard salary in Texas is $34,209 as of June 28, 2022, but the range typically falls between $30,571 and $38,547. There are many opportunities for overtime in the security industry.  

Q. How do I get my Level 4 security license in Texas? 

A. In Texas, a Level 4 security license is often referred to as a Personal Protection Officer (PPO) license, which allows individuals to work as bodyguards or personal protection officers. Here's a general overview of the steps to obtain a Level 4 security license (PPO license) in Texas:

1. Meet Eligibility Requirements: Before applying for a Level 4 security license, ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements set by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). These requirements may include being at least 21 years old, having a clean criminal record, and meeting any other requirements specified by the DPS. 

2. Complete Required Training: Enroll in and successfully complete the required training course for a Level 4 security license. In Texas, this typically involves completing a 30-hour training course approved by the DPS. The course covers topics such as Texas laws related to personal protection, use of force, defensive tactics, and firearm proficiency (if applicable). 

3. Submit Application and Documentation: Once you have completed the training course, gather all required documentation, including proof of completion of training, identification documents, and any other required forms or certifications. Submit your application for a Level 4 security license to the Texas DPS. 

4. Undergo Background Check and Fingerprinting: As part of the application process, you will need to undergo a background check and provide fingerprints for identification purposes. The DPS will review your background to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements for a Level 4 security license. 

5. Pass Examinations (if applicable): Depending on the specific training course you completed, you may need to pass written and practical examinations to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in personal protection and related areas. 

6. Pay Fees: There are typically fees associated with applying for a Level 4 security license in Texas. Be prepared to pay these fees when submitting your application. 

7. Wait for Approval: After submitting your application, background check, and all required documentation, wait for the Texas DPS to process your application. Once approved, you will receive your Level 4 security license, allowing you to work as a personal protection officer in Texas. 

It's important to note that the specific requirements and procedures for obtaining a Level 4 security license may vary, so it's advisable to consult the Texas Department of Public Safety or a licensed training provider for the most accurate and up-to-date information.