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

What qualifications do you need to become a security officer in Texas?

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.

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' 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.

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

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.

What are the levels of security guards in Texas?

A. There are three levels of security officers in Texas:

Level 2 Non-Commissioned | Security Officer

Unarmed Security Guard Level 3 Commissioned Security | Officer Armed Security Guard

Level 4 Personal Protection Officers | Executive Protection/Bodyguard

Are Level 2 non-commissioned security guards allowed to carry a firearm in Texas?

A. No, non-commissioned security guards in Texas are not
permitted to carry firearms while on duty.

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.