State Required - Training and Examinations


Overview

Private Security plays a significant role in the day-to-day protection of people and assets. The steadfast growth in Private Security coupled with the broadened responsibilities placed upon the Private Security sector, further necessitates the effective hiring, training and deployment of educated security personnel to accomplish the needs of the industry and those served by the industry.

Private Security Professionals must be well trained and knowledgeable. They must have available to them up-to-date employer resources including but not limited to policies and procedures applicable to each job-at-hand in addition to accessible and effective senior and/or executive level operational and legal guidance. The ability to understand and comply with today’s ever-changing laws, rules, and regulations, coupled with job-site-specific policies and procedures is paramount to the success of the Private Security Professional and those with whom he/she serves.

PSPA advocates that all private security professionals meet all applicable federal, state, and local requirement(s) prior to any deployment for work. Additionally, PSPA advocates that all Private Security Professionals acquire and retain all requisite educational skillsets and hands-on field training necessary to lawfully, safely and effectively perform all general, as well as, site-specific job requirements, policies, procedures and best practices prior to any deployment for work.

Introduction

Currently, a majority of States requires an occupational license to: (1.) work as a private security professional [i.e., security officer, security supervisor, and/or security manager] and/or (2.) operate a security agency or proprietary security department [i.e., business owner, business shareholder, business manager, and/or business agent] and conversely, some States have no requirements. Occupational licenses, permits, and/or commissions may include, but not be limited to: a formal application process, criminal background check, finger-print submission, drug testing, and mandated training.

Currently, each state within the United States operates independently from one another and maintains its own private security licensing requirements (or lack thereof).

It is the responsibility of all practitioners (individuals and business alike) to know, understand, and abide-by-the-law as it pertains to occupational requirements within each State, City, and/or jurisdiction where private security services are provided.

State-by-State Requirements

Occupational licensing requirements, when mandated, can vary greatly from jurisdiction-to-jurisdiction. Licensing compliance is generally a responsibility of both the employer and employee. The process of managing occupational license holders within a propriety security department as well as contract security agency can be complicated and time consuming.

With this said, it becomes common practice for employers to outsource (utilize the services of third-party vendor(s) to assist in meeting the licensing requirements for new-hire personnel as well as tenured license holders who are required to meet continuing education requirements, handgun proficiency testing and renewal fees to name just a few.

“PSPA” - Training and Certification Programs

PSPA provides on-line (internet based) training and testing to fulfil a variety of new-hire as well as continuing educational requirements. PSPA Training and Certification programs are accepted by many institutions, organizations as well as public and private businesses as Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s). For a comprehensive list and full description of all PSPA Training and Certification Programs, please visit our home page and right-click under our menu of “Services & Benefits” for details.

Note: Due to the ever-changing requirements of public and private regulators, it is the sole responsibility of Member User to determine the Educational and CEU applicability and/or acceptance criteria for each PSPA Training or Certification Program.

“State Required” - Training and Examinations

“State Required” Training Programs and Examinations are administered by PSPA as follows: (1.) As a third-party with all or part of the content furnished to PSPA by each State’s authorized licensing jurisdiction and/or (2.) By PSPA with all or part of the content Owned & Copyrighted© by PSPA and subsequently administered under the approval of each State’s authorized licensing jurisdiction.

A “State Required Training Program” is defined; in non-technical/legal language as follows: A prerequisite program that generally must be successfully completed prior to becoming eligible for employment as a security professional (security guard/security officer).

All State Required Training “Examinations” are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Certificates of completion can be downloaded and printed within minutes after successful completion. Certificates of completion will be posted into the PSPA Member Biography and available for view by all PSPA Individual and Business Members, should member select that option.

Note: Not all States (regulatory jurisdictions) offer the option of On-Line Training as a number of scholastic disciplines are best taught within a classroom environment coupled with hands-on instructor guidance as is the case in handgun education and handgun proficiency training.

Note: We have listed below all On-Line State Required Training Programs administered through our organization. While we do not administer all available On-Line State Required Training Programs we look to periodically add new programs based upon a number of variables including, but not limited to: PSPA Business Member requests and forecasted volume of use. In the event you are a PSPA Business Member and do not see a program your firm is interested in using and you understand the program is available for On-Line Administration, please feel free to contact us as we welcome your dialogue.

NOTE: Due to the ever-changing requirements of public and private regulators, it is the sole responsibility of each Member User to determine the Educational and CEU applicability as well as Acceptance Criteria for each PSPA administered program.

Training Programs:

The below list (alphabetical by State) comprises all On-Line State Required Training Programs administered through PSPA.

PSPA maintains applicable authorization (commission, license and/or permit) required by State (law and/or governing jurisdiction) to administer each program.

Program specifics, including but not limited to: State License, Course Description, Course Hours and/or Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) etc., where applicable, is published below for your information and review.

Examination Instructions:

All below listed Programs and Examinations require the reading of text and the successful completion of a multiple choice examination, unless otherwise stated. The estimated time to successfully complete a program varies based upon an individual’s overall educational ability and pre-existing industry experience. There are no time limits for completing a program however we recommend completing an entire program during one uninterrupted session or within one (1) day or twenty four (24) hours.

State Required Training Programs are available to all “Registered” Individual Members of PSPA. The cost of each course is noted below. The payment or the use of a pre-approved PSPA Corporate Identification Number (CIN) Code is due only upon successful completion of the entire program. Certificates of Completion (denoting program Hours/CEU’s (if applicable) are available immediately after receipt of payment.

TEXAS

Texas Department of Public Safety
Regulatory Services Division / Private Security Board


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) regulates the private security profession in Texas. DPS protects the public by conducting fingerprint-based background checks on applicants, licensing training schools and instructors, investigating and resolving complaints, and taking disciplinary action against licensees or seeking criminal prosecution of those who perform private security services without a license.

The private security profession includes armed and unarmed security guards, personal protection officers, private investigators, private security consultants, alarm systems installers and monitors, guard dog trainers, armored car couriers, electronic access control device installers, and locksmiths. DPS regulates the private security profession under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 and the related administrative rules.

PSPA administers the below training programs under license and authority, granted by the Texas Department of Public Safety – Private Security Board (TxDPS-PSB).

TxDPS-PSB LICENSES:

Level III Training SchoolLicense: F04084101
Continuing Education Training SchoolLicense: Y03050601

TxDPS-PSB / Notice:

Please be advised, under the Private Security Act (Occ. Code Chapter 1702) and Administrative Rule 35.4 (37 Tex. Admin. Code 1), a criminal conviction may disqualify you from a registration, commission or license under the Act. You may wish to review Rule 35.4's list of disqualifying offenses and the related periods of ineligibility, available on the department's website at:

http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/psb/index.htm

You also have a right to request from the department a criminal history evaluation letter under Occupations Code Section 53.102.

TRAINING PROGRAMS:

Security Officer (non-commissioned)
Security Officer (commissioned)
Personal Protection Officer
Level Two Training Course 6 Credit Hours $55.00

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The Level Two Training Course must be successfully completed by all commissioned and non-commissioned security officer applicants as well as personal protection officer applicants.

The Level Two Training Course is an accredited Six (6) Hour curriculum. The estimated time to complete the course varies based upon an individual’s overall educational ability and pre-existing industry experience. There are no time limits for completion however we recommend the course be completed in its entirety during one uninterrupted session or within one (1) day or twenty four (24) hours.  

A proficiency score of Seventy Five (75%) percent is required to pass the Fifty (50) question examination. 

The payment of Fifty Five Dollars ($55.00) or the use of a pre-approved Corporate Identification Number (CIN) Code is due only upon successful completion of the entire course.

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) PROGRAMS:

License Holders


Continuing Education Course(s) must be successfully completed prior to license renewal as per the State of Texas, “Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Chapter 35, Private Security Act.”

Abridged Excerpts from the Private Security Act, adopted as of May 06, 2014:

A license, registration, endorsement, or commission may not be renewed until the required minimum hours of department approved continuing education credits have been earned in accordance with the Act. Proof of the required continuing education must be maintained by the employer and contained in the personnel file of the registrant's employing company. All registrants shall indicate they have completed the required minimum hours of department approved continuing education credits on their application for renewal. A renewal application shall also include the name of the school, school number, seminar number, seminar date, and credits earned.

All registrants not specifically addressed in the Act shall complete a total of eight (8) hours of continuing education, seven (7) hours of which must be in subject matter that relates to the type of registration held, and one (1) hour of which must cover ethics.

Managers of Class A and Class C licenses with more than fifteen (15) years of continued registration as a manager of a Class A or Class C license shall complete a total of twelve (12) hours of continuing education, eight (8) hours of which must be in subject matter that relates to the type of registration held, two (2) hours of which must cover ethics, and two (2) hours of which must involve the review of the Act and associated rules.

Managers of Class A and Class C licenses with less than fifteen (15) years of continued registration as a manager of a Class A or Class C license shall complete a total of eighteen (18) hours of continuing education, fourteen (14) of which must be in subject matter that relates to the type of registration held, two (2) hours of which must cover ethics, and two (2) hours of which must involve the review of the Act and associated rules.

Commissioned security officers and personal protection officers shall complete six (6) hours of continuing education. Continuing education for commissioned security officers and personal protection officers must be taught by schools and instructors approved by the department to instruct commissioned security officers as defined in the Act. Commissioned security officers shall submit a firearms proficiency certificate along with the renewal application.

Attendees of continuing education courses shall maintain certificates of completion furnished by the school director in their files for a period of two (2) years. Attendees shall furnish the department with copies of all certificates of completion upon request.

Nonparticipating owners, partners, shareholders, noncommissioned security officers, and administrative support personnel may be exempt from the continuing education requirements.

It is the sole responsibility of each Member User to determine the current Continuing Educational Requirements, Credit Hour Applicability, and Acceptance Criteria for all Registration Renewals and/or Renewal Applications. To confirm your specific Continuing Education (CE) Requirements, contact the Private Security Bureau directly and/or visit: The State of Texas, “Private Security Statute and Rules.”

Course details (including proficiency scoring and payment options) are showcased once you “Click to Start” any one of the below listed courses:

The State of Texas - Private Security Act 2 Credit Hours $55.00

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Ethics 2 Credit Hours $55.00

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S/O in the Know 5 Credit Hours $275.00

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Supervision | Theory and Application 5 Credit Hours $250.00

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Leadership | Theory and Application 5 Credit Hours $250.00

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Communications | Verbal and Nonverbal 4 Credit Hours $225.00

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Communications | Report Writing 4 Credit Hours $225.00

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Workplace Diversity | Fundamental Awareness 2 Credit Hours $90.00

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Workplace Risk | Fundamental Awareness 3 Credit Hours $90.00

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Workplace Violence | Fundamental Awareness 2 Credit Hours $90.00

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Improving Workplace Security | Fundamental Awareness 3 Credit Hours $90.00

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Aligning Security & Customer Service 4 Credit Hours $225.00

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STATE (All Other States)

PSPA provides on-line (internet based) training and testing to fulfil a variety of New-Hire, On-Going and Continuing Education (CE) Requirements.

PSPA Training and Certification Programs are accepted by many Agencies, Institutions, and Organizations in addition to Public and Private Businesses as accredited Training Hours and/or Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s).

Due to the ever-changing requirements of public and private regulators, the above State Required Training Roster only showcases a limited number of PSPA State affiliated programs. With this said, PSPA Training and Certification Programs are widely accepted (Nationally and Internationally) and we urge all members and visitors to research their local jurisdiction for licensing and training requirements (if any); then refer to our Training Programs and/or Certifications Programs ► Home Page or the Below Link to view our curriculum and/or participate in a program.

For those States with NO Security Licensing and/or Training Requirements we strongly recommend that all security professionals (including, but not limited to: security officers, security supervisors, security managers, agents, shareholders, and owners) seek and embrace applicable training as well as periodic on-going industry accepted education.

Remember, Not Knowing or Not Acting is No Excuse After Failing.

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Important Message / Members and Guests:

Security Personnel can measurably contribute to the success of a company when they are effectively trained to perform their job. Effective training can and should be conducted on-site and/or on-line during new-hire orientation and on-going throughout an employee’s tenure.

Some companies consider in-depth training as an unnecessary expense and expect new employees to learn on-the-job from supervisors and/or other employees. Often, this type of training, or the lack thereof or the lack of consistent and documented training (for all employees) is considered inadequate and will ultimately create business risks, problems, issues, concerns, challenges, and legal liabilities.

In general, employees are interested in performing their jobs well to advance the company, feel a sense of pride for a job well done, and promote their career or position. When there is no training or inadequate training, employees do not fully understand how to do their job and most goals become distorted, if not defeated from the start. Ultimately, a lack of training leads to low morale among workers, which results in employee turnover. A company with a reputation for high employee turnover becomes unattractive to applicants, employees, clients, and prospected clients.

In general, bottom line results are lowered when employees don't know enough to perform their jobs confidently. Unskilled employees could spend considerable time seeking help to perform their jobs or they could perform tasks to their limited understanding resulting in risk and/or a detriment to the company. Additionally, supervisors and more experienced employees will need to spend more time monitoring unskilled workers, which detracts from their work and increases the amount of time necessary to effect or complete a day’s work. Unacceptable processes lead to errors, oversights, mistakes, losses, damages, and personal injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that untrained workers are more susceptible to on-the-job injuries. In general, injuries and deaths occur when workers lack the necessary training, knowledge, skills, and personal protective equipment required to effectively perform their job.

A company that does not effectively train its staff can expect an increase in operational costs and miscellaneous expenses. These losses can include the cost of medical attention for staff due to an injury, reimbursement to customers or the general public for their loss due to your employee’s wrongful actions or inactions, and the cost of defending the company: before, during, or after a lawsuit(s), to name just a few.

Untrained employees rarely produce quality results. Untrained employees generally lack the skills to provide adequate customer service, much less, superior customer service which in today’s competitive marketplace differentiates winners from losers.