Law Enforcement and Security Training

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 (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.

Unless otherwise designated, courses are open to all.  However, some courses may be designated "Law Enforcement or Security Personnel Only".  If designated as such, students must provide proof of occupation and/or sworn status upon entry into the class. 

Texas Security Officers are Registered, and either Endorsed or Commissioned, employed by a licensed company, or under a Letter of Authority. Unarmed Security Guard License, Armed Security Guard License, Body Guard, Guard Card, Texas Security License are descriptive for conversation, but technically not correct lingo for Texas.

In Texas, there are three types of Security Officers. Security Officers do not have licenses, but must work for Private Security Program (PSP) licensed companies. Security Officers are Registered with the PSP, and Endorsed or Commissioned to perform assigned duties. PSP does not have a Level I Security Officer. A Non-commissioned Security Officer (Level II) Endorsed Officer wears and approved uniform, and may not wear any weapon, but OC Pepper Spray if trained IAW 46.05 TPC. Commissioned Security Officer (Level III) wears an approved uniform, has an authorization issued by the board that entitles a Security Officer to carry a firearm; SA for Semi-auto, NSA for not semi-auto, STG for shotgun, and may carry a baton IAW 46.03(a)3 TPC, and/or carry pepper spray, IAW 46.05(f), (g) TPC. A Personal Protection Officer (PPO) (Level IV) is a Commissioned Security Officer Endorsed to perform activities described by 1702.202 TOC. The PPO may wear an approved uniform, or plain clothes.

NPSI’s Security Officer Training Academy based in San Antonio Texas is not only licensed by the PSP (F01081/Y00249), but also approved by the Texas Workforce Commission to teach you the proper vocabulary, laws, policies and procedures to protect client(s) and property. The academy offers the fullest catalog of security related courses in the area e.g. PSP Level II, III and IV, Basic/Advanced Baton, Basic/Advanced Handcuffing (all handcuffing is tactical), OC Pepper Spray, Defensive Tactics, B/I/A Handgun, Shotgun and Rifle, Defense/Tactical Response, FA/CPR/AED, etc. Many of the courses are approved for civilian participation and may be eligible for TCOLE credit.

Individual officers say NPSI is their preferred training provider, as do many of the local security service contractors (companies), and national security guard and security officer training companies e.g. Security Guard Exchange. Rumor has it; a NPSI training certificate puts you ahead of other applicants.

Training and certification is required to work security in Texas. Many companies hire trained officers to register, some train their own personnel. Once graduated, Security Officer Candidates may apply for employment with a licensed company and registration with PSP.  Texas Security Guards, Security Officers, and Personal Protection Officers (PPOs), read body guards, must be employees of licensed companies.

Do your own research. All the training schools charge about the same, so price is not a major concern. Ask Security Officers working in the marketplace where to get trained. They will also tell you where to go to learn, or just get by. Then, check them out for yourself. Get the instructor’s CV and ask the question; “Should I trust this person with my life?” “Who trained them?” “What experience do they have?”

It is said, if you want a career as a PSP registered security professional, or serve the client as a Security Officer, NPSI is where you want to train. The instructor cadre is seasoned and the course content is second to none.

If you have questions, contact NPSI at training or call the office.


The National Protective Services Institute teaches a variety of law enforcement and security classes, including HR 218/LEOSA (Law Enforcement Officer's Safety Act) certification/requalification for retired LEOs. Read more at

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For the military (Federal) Police Officers, LEOSA now includes some DOD personnel. Apply for your creds at at The LEOSA program was highlighted in the Military Times and USA Today in July 2015.  Mr. Frank M. Crowder Jr., President, Defense Consulting Services, LLC was interviewed for the article, which emphasized the Air Force as the only service with a LEOSA Credentialing Program.   The articles also indicated the Air Force has issued about 1,500 credentials and more than 8,000 accounts were created on, by individuals wanting to apply for the credentials.  Read these articles by clicking the links below.

"TCOLE" is the equivalent of what most US states call "POST" or "Peace Officer Standards and Training".

Since we are not yet a licensed Law Enforcement academy or contracted by TCOLE as a training provider, we do not report training to TCOLE.  Law Enforcement officers may receive TCOLE credit for the classes we teach if their agency accepts the training and reports it to TCOLE.  We have never had an agency NOT accept our training (including from other states), however, it would be beneficial to ask your agency training coordinator if they will accept our training before attending.  We will be happy to provide everything they need to report your class, to include the TCOLE reporting number, outline of the class, access to the curriculum if audited, certificates, and letters of completion.