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Sec. 1702.1675. TRAINING PROGRAMS. (a) The commission shall establish a basic training
course for commissioned security officers. The course must include, at a minimum:
(1) general security officer training issues;
(2) classroom instruction on handgun proficiency; and
(3) range instruction on handgun proficiency.
(b) The course must be offered and taught by schools and instructors approved by the
commission. To receive commission approval, a school or an instructor must submit an application to the
commission on a form provided by the commission.
(c) The basic training course approved by the commission must consist of a minimum of 30
(d) The general security officer training portion of the course must include instruction on:
(1) commission rules and applicable state laws;
(2) field note taking and report writing; and
(3) any other topics of security officer training curriculum the commission considers
(e) The commission shall develop a commissioned security officer training manual that contains
applicable state laws and commission rules to be used in the instruction and training of commissioned
security officers.
(f) The commission shall adopt rules necessary to administer the provisions of this section
concerning the training requirements of this chapter.
(g) The handgun proficiency course must include at least 10 hours and not more than 15 hours of
instruction on:
(1) the laws that relate to weapons and to the use of deadly force;
(2) handgun use, proficiency, and safety;
(3) nonviolent dispute resolution; and
(4) proper storage practices for handguns, with an emphasis on storage practices that
eliminate the possibility of accidental injury to a child.
(h) The range instruction on handgun proficiency must include an actual demonstration by the
applicant of the applicant’s ability to safely and proficiently use a handgun. The applicant must
demonstrate, at a minimum, the degree of proficiency that is required to effectively operate a 9-millimeter
or .38-caliber handgun.
(i) The commission by rule shall establish minimum standards for handgun proficiency that are at
least as stringent as the standards for handgun proficiency developed by the public safety director under
Section 411.188, Government Code.

Sec. 1702.1685. HANDGUN PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION. (a) The proficiency
examination required to obtain or renew a security officer commission must include:
(1) a written section on the subjects listed in Section 1702.1675. (g); and
(2) a physical demonstration of handgun proficiency that meets the minimum standards
established under Section 1702.1675 (h) or (i).
(b) Only a commission-approved instructor may administer the handgun proficiency examination.
(c) An applicant for a security officer commission must demonstrate the required proficiency
within the 90-day period before the date the security officer commission is issued.
(d) The school shall maintain the records of the required proficiency and make the records
available for inspection by the commission.

Sec. 1702.168. FIREARM REQUIREMENTS. (a) In addition to the requirements of Section
1702.163(a), the commission by rule shall establish other qualifications for individuals who are employed
in positions requiring the carrying of firearms. The qualifications may include:
(1) physical and mental standards;
(2) standards of good moral character; and
(3) other requirements that relate to the competency and reliability of individuals to carry

Sec. 1702.169. FIREARM RESTRICTIONS. A commissioned security officer may not carry a
firearm unless:
(1) the security officer is:
(A) engaged in the performance of duties as a security officer; or
(B) traveling directly to or from the place of assignment;
(2) the security officer wears a distinctive uniform indicating that the individual is a
security officer; and
(3) the firearm is in plain view, except as provided by Section 1702.206.

Sec. 1702.309. SECURITY OFFICER COMMISSION RENEWAL. (a) The commission by
rule shall develop a continuing education course in handgun proficiency required for renewal of a security
officer commission. Only a commission-approved instructor may administer the continuing education
course. The course must include:
(1) at least four hours of instruction on one or more of the subjects listed in Section
1702.1675 (g); and
(2) other information that the director determines is appropriate.
(b) A commissioned security officer must demonstrate the proficiency required under Section
1702.1685 within the 90-day period before the date the commission is renewed.

EDUCATION. This chapter does not apply to:
(1) a person who is employed full-time by and is commissioned as a campus security
personnel employee by a private institution of higher education under Section 51.212, Education Code; or
(2) a peace officer commissioned by an incorporated municipality who is hired under
Section 51.212, Education Code, on a regular basis by a private institution of higher education while that
peace officer is operating within the scope of the peace officer’s employment with the institution of higher

Sec. 1702.308. CONTINUING EDUCATION. (a) This section does not apply to a
noncommissioned security officer.
(b) The commission shall recognize, prepare, or administer continuing education programs for
license holders, commissioned security officers, and registrants. The commission shall set the minimum
number of hours that must be completed and the types of programs that may be offered.
(c) A license holder, commissioned security officer, or registrant must participate in the programs
to the extent required by the commission to keep the person’s license, commission, or registration. A
license holder, commissioned security officer, or registrant shall submit evidence of compliance with the
commission’s continuing education requirements in a manner prescribed by the commission.


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