(15 Hour Course)

This course covers the required State-Approved curriculum required by The Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security Bureau in order to certify an officer as having completed a course of study for Level IV Training in accordance with Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupations Code.

A bodyguard is a person who protects someone (known as their principal) from personal assault, kidnapping, assassination, loss of confidential information, or other threats. Bodyguards are typically armed and have expertise in unarmed combat, tactical driving, and first aid. However, the most important skill for a bodyguard to possess is the ability to assess a situation and decide how best to respond to minimize danger to his principal. Most important public figures are protected by several bodyguards who work together as a unit, using several vehicles and sometimes decoy vehicles to protect their principal. Less important principals (or those with lower risk profiles) are generally accompanied by a single bodyguard, who may double as the principal’s driver. Higher profile celebrities, billionaires, or at-risk dignitaries usually require a detail of personal protection officers. Usually, a detail of between two (2) to four (4) personal protection officers.

This course will teach you the concepts of personal protection, dignitary protection, executive protection, and celebrity protection. The concepts are sound and are considered “industry standard” in regards to providing plain-clothed armed bodyguard services to your clients.

This is a 15 hour (LMS – Theory & Hands On) Texas Department of Public Safety – Private Security Bureau’s (PSB) Level IV Personal Protection Officer (PPO) course.
It fulfills the State of Texas training requirements of the PSB for a Personal Protection Officer License.

Subjects Covered:

Administrative Rules                                              Unarmed Defensive Tactics
Occupations Code                                                    Oleoresin Capsicum Training (OC                                                                                             Spray)
Options in Personal Protection                             Private Security Act & Commission                                                                                           Rules-
Comprehensive Protection Planning                   Texas Penal Code
Coordination with local Authorities                     Conflict Resolution & Avoidance
Building a Client Profile                                         Public Perception
Rings of Protection                                                  Arrest Authority
The Force Continuum                                             Use of Force & Deadly Force


In order to receive your Level IV Certificate you must have completed Level II and Level III first.
The PSB Commission states that an applicant for a Personal Protection authorization must have been already issued a Level III Commission license.
Note: We do not administer the Minnesota Multiaphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) Test which is required before submitting a PPO registration PSB.


Eligibility Requirements for Security Guards

All security professionals must be at least 18 years old. They must meet general fitness requirements. They cannot have been discharged from the military dishonorably or under any other conditions that would be viewed as prohibitive. They cannot be indicted or charged with felonies or Class A or B misdemeanors. They may not be registered as sex offenders in any state. They may not be mentally incompetent in the view of a court.

The individual will need to complete an approved training program at DPS Private Security Bureau Licensed Level III Training School.  Required topics include 1) state law and Board rule and 2) note taking and report writing. The program will culminate in a test (

A security guard who has a current valid ID is eligible to transfer eligibility and work for a new employer. However, the employer will need to file an update (

Requirements for Commissioned Security Guards

In order to be authorized to work as an armed guard, an individual must meet eligibility, training, and skill requirements. He or she must be, in the view of the licensing agency, capable of exercising good judgment. The licensing agency may determine that a person is incapable because of a serious psychiatric disorder or condition even if the condition is currently in remission or being managed by medication. However, an individual with a past diagnosis may be licensed if a psychiatrist provides a statement indicating that the person is indeed capable of good judgment. According to state statute, medical records may be required.

A person may also be disqualified because of a chemically dependence, a restraining order, or a prohibition from possessing firearms. A person who has been convicted of two alcohol- or substance-related misdemeanors at the Class B level or greater is, in the view of the licensing agency, chemically dependent. Eligibility is discussed in-depth in Section 1702.163 of state statute.

Training must be completed through an approved school  and approved instructor. The prospective commissioned guard will need to score satisfactorily on a test. An individual who completes training and demonstrates competence with firearms will be issued a Level III certificate.

Individuals who have current or recent experience as peace officers may be eligible for training exemptions; requirements are described in Rule 35.131.

The commission may be transferred under certain conditions. The Board must be notified of new employment.

(6 Hour Course)

Pre-Requisites:  Private Security Level III certification

Texas Department of Public Safety Regulatory Services Division  most current version training material shall be used by all Commission approved Level III training schools.  All students of a Level III training school shall be tested with the most current version examination prepared by and obtained from the Department.  The passing grade of all written examinations shall be a minimum of 75% correct answers.  The passing rate for firearms qualification shall be a minimum of 70%. 


(45 Hour Course)

Must hold a Level II certification

Laws & Regulations, Notes & Report Writing
Crime Scene Protection
Officer Safety/Survival
Use of Force, Criminal/Civil
Conflict Resolution
Defensive Tactics
Intro to Handcuffing
Live Fire: Handgun & Shotgun
State’s 100 Question Written Exam

(6 Hour Course)

During Level Two(II) training you will be administered the required Level Two(II) Training material.  You will then take a test.  Once you pass it you are awarded a certificate of completion showing you completed Level Two(II) Training.