Armed Security Guard Training in Texas

February 19, 2013

To become an armed security guard or a commissioned  security officer as it is referred to in Texas you must first gain employment with a private security company. Then you can complete required training and apply for a license. In addition to the requirements to become an unarmed security guard in Texas you must also fulfill the following requirements.


  • At least 21 years of age
  • United States citizen or resident alien
  • No felony or criminal convictions
  • Mentally and emotionally stable
  • Complete firearms training (Level 3 training)


A level 3 training course includes 40 hours or classroom and firearms training. Courses must be completed at an authorized school with a certified instructor. It may include.

  • Laws and regulations
  • Crime scene protection
  • Use of force
  • Customer service
  • Handcuffing
  • Observation and reports
  • Officer safety and survival
  • Conflict resolution
  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearms training with handguns and shotguns


The license must be renewed every 2 years.

Application Process

The application process is similar to that of an non-commissioned security officer. You must first find a job with a private security company. Then you must apply for a license as a commissioned security officer. This can be done either online or by mail. Addresses and online forms are available at the PSB online licenses page. Also contact information for the PSB is available here. Before you complete the application make sure have the following items in addition to what is needed when you apply for a non-commissioned license.

  • 2 fingerprint cards
  • 1 1″ x 1¼” passport style color photograph
  • Proof of completed level 3 training

Note that if you apply online any supplementary material must be sent by regular mail.

Certified training schools in your area can be found at the PSB training school search page.


Unarmed Security Guard Training in Texas
TDPS: Private Security Bureau
TDPS PSB: Administrative Rules
TDPS PSB: Licensing FAQ
TDPS PSB: Training School Search

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