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.”
Texas Level IV – Personal Protection Officer Course
- This is a 16 hour (LMS – Theory & Hands On) Texas Department of Public Safety – Private Security Bureau’s (PSB) Level IV Personal Protection Officer (PPO) course.
- This course fulfills the State of Texas training requirements of the PSB for a Personal Protection Officer License for the theory portion only.
- To receive a Level IV certification, the student is required to complete the skills training by a certified PSB training provider and a certified PSB trainer.
- Administrative Rules
- Occupations Code
- Options in Personal Protection
- Comprehensive Protection Planning
- Coordination with local Authorities
- Building a Client Profile
- Rings of Protection
- The Force Continuum
- Unarmed Defensive Tactics
- Oleoresin Capsicum Training
- Private Security Act & Commission Rules
- Texas Penal Code
- Conflict Resolution & Avoidance
- Public Perception
- Arrest Authority
- Use of Force & Deadly Force
- In order to receive your Level IV Certificate you must have completed Level II certification and Level III certification first.
- The PSB Commission states that an applicant for a Personal Protection authorization must have been already issued a Level III Commission license.
The student will have an understanding of the legal authorities pertaining to Personal Protection Officer Commission and responsibilities and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in techniques and tactics necessary to carry out duties as a Commissioned Security Officer.