State Required - Training and Examinations


Brief 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 work as a private security professional (security officer, security supervisor, and/or security manager) 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 licensing requirements (or lack thereof) for both armed and unarmed security professionals.

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

All “State Required” Training Programs and accompanying Examinations are administered by PSPA (as a third-party) and the contents of each are provided to PSPA by each State through their respective licensing jurisdiction, and each are approved by their licensing jurisdiction, and each are the exclusive property of their 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 specifics) 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).

PSPA LICENSES:

TxDPS PSB - Level III Training School License: F04084101
TxDPS PSB - Continuing Education Training School License: Y03050601


CURRENT TRAINING PROGRAMS:

Level II Training Course Accredited 6 Hour Course $55.00


The TxDPS PSB - Level II Training Course must be successfully completed by all commissioned and non-commissioned security officer applicants.

The Level II 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 (70%) 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.

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