Texas Firearm Academy is now offering Level II and Level III Security certification courses.

Course tuition as follows:

Level II        Course $75.                                                  Level III      Courses $250. + $16 range fee
                                                                                         Level III Group discounts: 5 or more students $225 each. + $16 range fee 

                                                                                                                                   10 or more students $200 each. + $16 range fee

                                                                                         Level III Certification renewals $125. + $16 range fee

(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. 

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.


(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
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