LEVEL-4: OFFICIAL STATE SECURITY BODYGUARD (PPO) COURSE
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.
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.
This 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.
FIRST AID/CPR/AED CERTIFICATION NOW ADDED TO THE CLASS FOR FREE!!!
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.
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.
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 guard course. 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 Level-4 bodyguard class, (which is what Level-4 is), 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, 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. 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.
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, shotguns and rifles, 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.
OUR COURSE POINTS
- Hands-on defensive tactics
- Threat assessments
- Client contact/interaction
- Force options
- Police/News contact
- Exterior/interior procedures
- Response to incidents and threats
- Exposure to several different types of weapons/devices used by protection details
- Firing range
- Pepper spray certification
- Route preplanning
- Overt and covert protection
- Escalation/De-escalation of force
- Protection at a location
- Protection on the move
- Logistics of security detail
- Official State training manual
- Official State exam
- Additional classroom handouts
- Powerpoint presentation
- Training videos
- Firearms proficiency course included
- Advanced Handgun course included
- Advanced Shotgun course included
- Advanced Rifle 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
- Advanced weapons 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:
OCC §1702.3875. IMPERSONATING SECURITY OFFICER; OFFENSE.
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.
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.
OCC §1702.161. SECURITY OFFICER COMMISSION REQUIRED.
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.