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Texas Level II Non-Commissioned Officer Course

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Texas Level II Non-Commissioned Officer Course

The Top Gun Security Academy is proud to be one of the first security companies in the state of Texas to offer an online version of the Level 2 Non-Commissioned Training Course. You can now take this state-required course from the comfort of your own home and on various devices, such as; PC, phone, or tablet. The user-friendly course is easy to navigate and can be taken at your pace*. Upon successful completion of the course and passing the 50 questions built-in exam, students will be able to download a certificate of completion.

The Level II Non-Commissioned Security Officer Training course certificate is required by the State of Texas in order to be eligible to become a licensed security guard. THIS CERTIFICATE IS NOT A SECURITY LICENSE. To obtain a security license, you must be hired by a state registered security company and submit an application to the State of Texas. It is your responsibility to research and understand your local laws as it relates to Private Security Guard Licenses.

Price $65
Length: 6 hours

Texas Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Security Guards in Texas

In order to work as a security guard in the state of Texas, you must be a registered employee of a state licensed security company. Unarmed security guards are noncommissioned, whereas armed security guards must be commissioned by the state. Both noncommissioned and commissioned security guards will be issued a pocket card including their name, photo, signature, date of issue and date of expiration, which they must keep on them while on duty. 

Per Texas Occupations Code Sec. 1702.113, all security guards must meet these minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Not have been convicted of a felony

  • Not have been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor

  • Not have been found by a court to be incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease

  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. military

  • Not be a registered sex offender

To work as a noncommissioned officer, an individual must: 

The license must be renewed every two years. 

To work as a commissioned officer, an individual must:

  • Be employed by a licensed security company

  • Not be chemically dependent

  • Not be currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a restraining order affecting the spousal relationship, other than a restraining order solely affecting property interests

  • Submit an application through Texas Online Private Security (TOPS): https://tops.portal.texas.gov/psp-self-service/login/auth 

  • Submit fingerprints and complete a background check

  • Complete an approved Level II training program and submit certificate of completion

  • Complete an approved Level III training program and submit certificate of completion

  • Pass an exam including a written section and physical demonstration of handgun proficiency

  • Pay a fee

The license must be renewed every two years. Commissioned officers must complete six hours of continuing education each renewal period, taught by department approved schools and instructors. They must submit a firearms proficiency certificate with their renewal application.

The state of Texas has additional requirements for individuals working as personal protection officers. A personal protection officer is someone who, while carrying a firearm, provides to another individual personal protection from bodily harm.

To work as a personal protection officer, an individual must: 

The license must be renewed every two years. Personal protection officers must complete six hours of continuing education each renewal period, taught by department approved schools and instructors. They must submit a firearms proficiency certificate with their renewal application.

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Licensing Requirements in the State of Texas

Security companies are required to be licensed in the state of Texas. To be licensed, a company representative must: 

  • Be at least 21 years old

  • Not have been convicted of a felony

  • Not have been convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor

  • Not have been found by a court to be incompetent by reason of mental defect or disease

  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. military

  • Not be a registered sex offender

  • Have at least three years accumulated employment experience in the field of security

  • Have at least one year of experience in a managerial or supervisory position

  • Submit an application through Texas Online Private Security (TOPS): https://tops.portal.texas.gov/psp-self-service/login/auth  

  • Submit fingerprints and complete a background check

  • Pass an exam covering applicable state laws and applicable commission rules

  • File a surety bond

  • File a certificate of liability insurance with at least $100,000 for each occurrence for bodily injury and property damage, $50,000 for each occurrence for personal injury, and a total aggregate amount of $200,000 for all occurrences

  • Pay a fee

The license must be renewed annually. License holders must complete eight hours of continuing education each renewal period, including seven hours in the field of security and one hour of ethics. 

Licensed companies must maintain employee records, including:

  • Full name

  • Date of employment

  • Position

  • Address

  • Social Security number

  • Last date of employment

  • Date and place of birth

  • One color photograph

  • Result of any drug tests

  • Documentation of a pre-employment check

  • All training certificates earned by the employee while employed

Licensed companies must also notify the state through TOPS when an employee is terminated. Instructions here: https://www.dps.texas.gov/sites/default/files/documents/rsd/psb/docs/employeeterminations.pdf  

More information and resources:

Texas DPS Private Security forms: https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/private-security/forms 

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