Training/Testing Information

*Note:  Effective February 1, 2010, the Level I and Level II Training Course and Online Test required only for commissioned and non-commissioned officer applicants will no longer be administered through the online process.

The Level I Training Course and Test (manual/online) has been repealed according to the Administrative Rules. The Private Security Bureau will accept the Level I Training Certificate through the month of January 2010.

The Level II Training Course and Test is still required for only commissioned and non-commissioned security officer applicants. (Approved Instructor’s, Manager’s or Manager’s designee, please ensure you are using the most current version of the Level II Training Course Manual. To order the latest version of the Level II Training Course Manual, please download form PSB-21 (PDF) Order Form).

Level 3

The Level 3 Training Course is required for all commissioned security officers and personal protection officers. This training course must be taken through a licensed Level 3 Training School and taught by a licensed Level 3 Instructor. A list of these schools is available on this website.

Level 4

The Level 4 Training Course is required for all personal protection officers. This training course must be taken through a license Level 4 Training School and taught by a licensed Level 4 Instructor. A list of these schools is available on this website.

Manager Testing/Training

The Manager's Exam has been significantly modified as of September 2008. The exam questions now focus on issues of general concern to managers of licensed companies, such as the eligibility criteria for registrations, pre-employment obligations and procedures, application requirements, record-keeping, and the procedures relating to disciplinary actions and administrative fines. Many questions are also intended to test the manager applicant's knowledge of the 2007 amendments to Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702 (see Occupations Code link below), and recent changes to the Board's administrative rules (see link below), as they relate to the management of licensed companies.

"Please note that arrival 30 minutes prior to exam time is required by administrative rule (Title 37 TAC 35.61(d)(2)). Failure to appear at the required time will result in cancellation and you will be required to reschedule. The test session will conclude 2 hours after it begins".

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