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Security Guard Training Courses in Austin

Types of Security Licenses in Texas

There are 2 types of security guard training in the State of Texas: Level II training for an unarmed security officer license, Level III for an armed security officer license. The personal security (i.e. bodyguard) license requires a Level IV training in addition to Levels II and III.

Level II

All security guards, referred to a security officers in Texas are required to undergo a Level II training course, which the state mandates to be at least 6 hours long. Different training academies may design their Level II courses to take longer. However, the content of this course is standard.

Level II training covers the following areas:

  • Responsibilities and Roles of a Security Officer
  • Areas of Responsibility
  • Prevention and Deterrence
  • Relationship with the Local Police Department
  • Observation and Report Writing
  • Authority to Question and Basis for Making Decisions

Training is done in a classroom setting, after which participants will have to undergo testing in order to obtain the Level II license.

Level III

To become an armed security guard in this state requires a minimum of 40 hours of training at an accredited institution. The training is usually broken into 10-hour blocks. This course is more intensive and special attention is given to each section of training. This training involves both lectures, practice sessions. There will be considerable time spent in the firing range with a handgun.

The coverage of the training includes:

  • Standards of Conduct
  • Functions of Security Officers
  • Arrest Authority
  • Federal and State Laws Pertinent to the Security Officers
  • Reporting and Paperwork
    • Field Note Taking
    • Report Writing
  • Emergency Situations
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Crime Scene Procedures
  • Witness Interviewing
  • Tactics
    • Awareness Skills
    • Cover and Concealment
    • Fire Recognition and Response
    • Bomb Threats
    • Terrorist Response
    • Accidents Involving Serious Injury or Harm
  • Public Relations and Image Perception
  • Conflict Resolution
    • Weaponless Strategies
    • Intermediate Weapons
    • Five Step Hard Style
    • Twelve(12) Hours Defensive Tactics
    • Four(4) Hours of Handcuffing Techniques
  • Firearms Training and Qualification

Once a trainee passes testing and acquires the license, a yearly requalification course is required in order to keep the license.

Level IV

This training is mandated to take a minimum of 15 hours to earn that personal protection license which includes the authority to carry a concealed firearm.

The course contains additional material on Level III topics and more specialized hand-to-hand defensive tactics.

These trainings may seem to be short, but they provide sufficient groundwork for any security officer to continue to build and improve his or her skills.

Level II (Un-armed) – $45
Non-Commission Officer Course
6 Hours of Training

Level III (Armed) – $175
Commission Officer Course
40 Hours of Training

Level IV (Bodyguard) – $250
Person Protection Officer (PPO) Course
30 Hours of Training
*Must have completed Level III Training to be eligible for this class


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