Level 4


NOTICE: It is a criminal offense in the state of Texas to perform any type of security related work without a license, regardless if you or your employer avoids using the  term “security” (such as courtesy officer, event staff, bouncer, etc); this also includes bodyguard, executive protection, and church security. See section at the bottom of the page.

DPS will require proof of  a Level-3  Commission training course in order to process your Level-4 Bodyguard  license. If you need the Level- 3  Commission course also, please sign up for both.



If you are ready to be paid more than the average guard, want to work special events, backstage, bodyguard V.I.P.’s, and perform special protection details, then this is the class you are required to take.

This class is required by the state of Texas to allow you to work as Personal Protection Officer (bodyguard/executive protection), which also allows you to work in plain-clothes and carrying concealed while on duty. Many states will not allow security persons to do this, Texas does and this is the class to certify you. Our course is 30 hours and includes classroom and live fire exercises. Don’t waste your money attending a bodyguard class that provides no advanced range time, or instructors that are not activity performing bodyguard operations, this is serious business.

Range dayThis course was designed by DPS-RSD to give the average working security person a short exposure and basic foundation to the bodyguard industry. To be a professional bodyguard you will need lots of training and experience that far exceeds the State’s course. With that said, we wanted to exceed the State’s minimum standards (of only 15 hours), but we also are in tune with the fact that most students can’t afford a $3,000.00  Black Water© type course nor be able to attend a week long class either. We feel we have accomplished our goal of providing a well run basic program with our client’s budget and time restraints factored in, to get you going, and get you certified.

This class in no way is meant to completely prepare you to work as a professional bodyguard after three days lol- but it fulfills and exceeds the State’s standards, provides you with the certificate to get your license, and gives you a foundation on which to build your knowledge and experience on.  More than three days will be required for you to be considered ready to protect any client or for this industry as a whole by any measure.

It will be up to you and your agency to build on the fundamentals provided and seek additional training and experience to become a top-notch professional in the industry.

Currently DPS-RSD only requires you to attend a 15 hour class and here is the break down right out of their manual which is a joke ( sorry DPS but true).  We truly question if the people who made the state manual actually performed any real Personal Protection at all reading it,  and why Pepper Spray is in a Level-4 class ? lol. 

DPS current minimum standards:

  • 10 hours must be spent on weaponless defense
  • 2.5 hours must be spent on Pepper Spray
  • 1 hour must be spent on use of force

As you can see the mandatory requirements as outlined in the State manual adds up to 13.5 hours of a 15 hour class, not counting introduction, and testing. Their course also does not include any range time and it does not allow any time to teach you the actual business of being a bodyguard and how to properly operate as one. Some schools have added on time and use it toward range operations, but again very little time on “Bodyguard-101” which should be the “meat and potatoes” of the course.class

At T.C.T.A., we follow the State’s course manual and then we exceed the State’s minimum requirements and provide you with a well-rounded, basic bodyguard certification course, which is recognized throughout the state . We have added many suggestions and recommendations from security employers and prior students to our class to make it what it is today.

We have doubled the amount of training that the state requires and thus our class is now a 30 hour course of instruction and certification to better prepare and immerse you into the field.




In a basic “Intro to  bodyguard” class, (which is what the State designed ), we spend a lot of time teaching you the business end and operational end of the industry. You have to know logistically how to operate, how to prepare, what is required, client interaction, licensing, and how to run your detail from A-Z. You’ll need to know what arrangements and plans need to be made and make them. This is no longer guard work where your company takes care of everything and you just show up with a suit and dark glasses. You will be expected to operate on a much higher and increased professional level, and know what you’re doing. Anyone can stand there and be a “bullet sponge;” that’s not what this job is all about. You’re that client’s security specialist and they expect a professional and smooth operation.

Weapons training?

Any expert will tell you not to waste your money on schools that offer no weapons training for an advanced skill such as bodyguard/executive protection. Due to the fact DPS-RSD does not require additional weapons training as part of their Level-4 class outline, many schools have elected to not offer it as they are not being forced to. DPS-RSD created their Level-4 course in 1999 (with no updates since) and felt along with old school industry leaders, that a Level-3 Commission class (50 rounds fired at a stationary target) is enough firearms training for bodyguard work, which is far from reality and sad.

Ask yourself, “would I hire a bodyguard that has had no official advanced weapons training?”



All students will be exposed to drawing from concealed holsters, firing smaller handguns, full duty handguns, etc. All students will perform basic drills such as: Reflex fire, shooting from cover, shooting from different positions, shooting on the move, along with basic drills and exercises that directly relate to protection work.




Keep in mind this is not a “Operator course”, Sniper course, and not a paramilitary tactical course. This is a “Basic Intro to Bodyguard course” (as we like to call it ) which provides a wealth of information for the newcomers to include fulfills the State’s requirements for licensing , but we must advise all students looking for an “Operator Class” ,  “State Department Training”, or Tactical Operations and deployment courses – this is not the class.  

(Those courses begin at $3,500.00 all the way up to $10,000.00 per student -big difference from $250.00 right ?).




  •   Classroom / Seminar
  •   Check lists
  •   Pre- Planning & Threat Assessments
  •   Client Contact/Interaction
  •   Force Options
  •   First Aid/ CPR/ AED
  •   Exterior/Interior Procedures
  •   Response to Incidents & Threats
  •   Advanced Handgun Course
  •   Firing range
  •   Pepper Spray Certification
  •   Hands-on Defensive Tactics
  •   Overt & Covert Protection
  •   Escalation/De-escalation of force
  •   Protection at a Location
  •   Protection on the Move
  •   Communication/Reports/Radios/Vehicles
  •   Logistics of Security Detail/ Check lists


  • Official State Training Course
  • Official State Exam
  • Additional Classroom Handouts
  • PowerPoint Presentation
  • Training Videos
  • Firearms proficiency course included
  • Advanced handgun course included
  • Weapons provided at no cost, if needed
  • Holsters provided at no cost, if needed
  • Range fees included
  • Hearing protection included
  • Eye protection included
  • Use of many training aids
  • Bodyguard certificate of completion
  • Pepper Spray certificate of completion
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certificate of completion


Each student that completes our course will receive this Executive Protection Detail pin, which is becoming the new standard in the industry here in Texas.

(these are also available for sale as well, just ask)

Please read these laws:


A person commits an offense if the person: (1) impersonates a commissioned or non-commissioned security officer with the intent to induce another to submit to the person’s pretended authority or to rely on the person’s pretended acts of a security officer; or (2) knowingly purports to exercise any function that requires registration as a non-commissioned security officer or a security officer commission. (b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. NOTE: bodyguards you are still “security officers” and the same applies. 

TCTA Note: A class “A” misdemeanor is an arrestable offense and you will be transported to jail – not given a ticket. Take the class, get licensed and save yourself the time & trouble. Special note: It does not state “wearing a security uniform,” it states “any function” of a security type – so don’t play games and risk it, get licensed.


 An individual may not accept employment as a security officer to carry a firearm in the course and scope of the individual’s duties unless the individual holds a security officer commission license from DPS-PSB. A person (or company) may not hire or employ an individual as a security officer to carry a firearm in the course and scope of the individual’s duties unless the individual holds a security officer commission license.

Level-4 PPO’s must also hold a valid Level-3 Commission license – this also prevents ex-felons from performing Bodyguard services, as ex-felons (per Federal law) cannot possess a firearm to carry or even pass the required Commission class.