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On September 1, 2017, House Bill 1508 (85th Leg., Reg. Sess.) becomes effective. This bill places requirements on entities offering educational training programs that prepare an individual for an initial occupational license. This includes level III and level IV training schools, as well as guard companies that offer in-house level II training. These training providers must notify each enrollee of the following:
- The potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of a criminal offense;
- The department’s current eligibility guidelines (the board’s administrative rules) issued under Occupations Code, Section 53.025;
- Any other state or local restriction or guideline used by the department to determine the eligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense; and
- The right to request a criminal history evaluation under Occupations Code Section 53.102.
Pursuant to HB 1508, if an individual is denied an occupational license based on their criminal history and the training provider failed to provide the individual the above information, the training provider will be required to refund the amount of any tuition paid and corresponding application and examination fees.
For purposes of compliance with these requirements, it is recommended training schools and other licensees that offer in house level II training communicate the following text directly to the prospective applicant, whether by email or other correspondence, or on the application for admission to a course.
“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 (click on the link to Administrative Code). You also have a right to request from the department a criminal history evaluation letter under Occupations Code Section 53.102.”
- The Level III Training Course is required for all commissioned security officers and personal protection officers.
- This training course must be taken through a licensed Level III Training School and taught by a licensed Level III Instructor.
The Level III Certification Course includes theory instruction on the following topics: Licensing, Pocket Cards, Requirements to be a Commissioned Officer in Texas, Licensing of Companies, Violations by Commissioned Officers, Standards of Conduct, Function of Security Officers, Arrest Authority, Laws Pertinent to the Security Officer, Article 14.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 18.16 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 42.01 of Texas Penal Code, Chapter 9 Use of Deadly Force, Use of Force Concepts, Issues Relating to the Concealed Handgun License, Field Note Taking, Report Writing, Response to Emergency Situations, Hazardous Materials, Crime Scene, Witness Interviewing, Theory in Awareness Skills, Theory in Cover & Concealment, Fire Recognition and Response, Bomb Threats, Terrorist Response, Accidents Involving Serious Injury or Harm, Public Perception of a Security Officer, Conflict Resolution, Theory in Weaponless Strategies, Theory in Intermediate Weapons, Five-Step Hard Style, Theory of Defensive Tactics, Theory of Handcuffing Techniques, and Theory of Firearms Training.
The Learning Management System (LMS) is designed to give the student theory-based information to successfully pass the Private Security Board Level III written examination.
- This online course contains 35 hours of training material if presented in a lecture /demonstration presentation.
- The student is responsible for reading the on-line material, reviewing the hyperlinks, and watching the attached videos.
- The student is required to pass the lesson quizzes with a 70-75%
- The student is required to pass the course final exam with a 75% or better.
LEVEL III (PART 2)
After completion of the on-line training, the student is required to complete Level III (Part 2.)
- Level III (Part 2) consist of 10-15 hours of firearms training/qualification and skills demonstrations.
- Skills that the officer should be proficient at are:
- Expandable Baton
- Defensive Tactics
After successful completion of the Theory-based portion, the student shall receive a certificate of completion that can be printed and used as proof of training.
This certificate can be presented to another PSB training provider to complete the Skills portion of training. The student must successfully complete the Firearms portion of the training.
The student will receive a Level III certificate of training (PSB-30) after successful completion of the Theory (Part 1) and the Skills (Part 2) training.