Level III – Commissioned Security Officer (New Applicant)


Level III – Commissioned Security Officer (New Applicant)


Harkins Security now provides access to the required MMPI Assessment in accordance with HB 3424 Effective September 1, 2023 for Level III Renewals.  Students purchasing this course should also add the MMPI Assessment for Private Security to your cart before checkout.

This MMPI is facilitated by Bruce Parsons, Clinical Psychologist and will perform the assessment and provide documentation required for the application process submission to Texas Department of Public Safety in accordance with his findings.


This course is for individuals who want to work as a commissioned security officer where carrying a firearm while on duty is included in the job duties.

Sec. 1702.162. EMPLOYER’S APPLICATION FOR SECURITY OFFICER COMMISSION. The employer of a security officer who applies for a security officer commission for the officer must submit an application to the department on a form provided by the department.

Sec. 1702.163. QUALIFICATIONS FOR SECURITY OFFICER COMMISSION. (a) An applicant employed by a company license holder is not eligible for a security officer commission unless the applicant submits as part of the application satisfactory evidence that the applicant has:

(1) completed the basic training course at a school or under an instructor approved by the department;

(2) met each qualification established by this chapter and administrative rule;

(3) achieved the score required by the department on the examination under Section 1702.1685; and

(4) demonstrated to the satisfaction of the firearm training instructor that the applicant has complied with other department standards for minimum marksmanship competency with a handgun.

NOTE:  Not all individuals are eligible for a security officer commission.  Eligibility can be determined by reviewing the regulations listed in Sec. 1702.163.

The basic training course established under this section must consist of a minimum of 30 hours.  The general security officer training portion of the course must include instruction on:

(1) applicable rules and state laws;

(2) field note taking and report writing; and

(3) any other topics of security officer training curriculum the department considers necessary.

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.

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.


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