Education • Training • Certification


Our class is jam-packed with much-needed information that far exceeds the State’s minimum guidelines. Please view the Course points/breakdown at the bottom of the page.  Handguns and shotguns are provided for FREE to use with TCTA if you need them.

“I took their Lv 2, Lv 3 Security Officer courses. I had a great time, and legitimately looked forward to coming to the class each morning. Glenn is passionate about this field and that shows in his work ethic, and zeal for the material. I definitely plan to return to TCTA for continued training.” -Paul Bartlett

DPS will require proof of a Level-2 Non-Commission training class in order to process your Level-3 Commission license. If you need the Level- 2 Non-Commission class also, please sign up for both.  Class includes Baton, OC, Handcuff training, Weaponless Defense, Weapon rental, instruction and certificates.

OFFICIAL STATE COURSE: ONLY $225.00 (50% online & 50% inside the classroom).

This class is now given in two parts: Part (1)– online & Part (2)– in class at our office. We provide both parts, you don’t need to go elsewhere for Part 2 (or pay extra) that is included. This cuts your classroom requirement down by 50% which saves you time off work and time sitting in a classroom while you read the course material at home or while at work. Then you come to our office in Pflugerville, Texas to knock out two jam packed days of hands-on (Part-2).

Part 2 consists of: PowerPoints, Handouts, Videos, Seminar/Lecture from Instructors followed by Demonstrations, Practical application/ Hands on training given by certified instructors in person. You will be given instruction on: Handcuffing, Baton, Pepper Spray, Weaponless Defense, Firearms (with required shooting qualification at the range), and then the state final exam- all given at our classroom. Students will be given login formation to read through all course material prior to arrival on our site, then they will be scheduled to attend two days of practical application and testing. Students that arrive and pass the exams, and range qualification to include participate in each block, will be given their course completion certificate at our classroom on the final day.

Non-commission license AustinThis class is often referred to as “the gun class,” but actually provides several hours of non-firearm related topics that everyone needs to know and only several hours of firearms training. In our opinion, this class should be the minimum standard for all security persons (armed or unarmed), as the two-three hour Level-2 course just is not enough training by any industry standard.


Basic Weaponless Defense is a required block of instruction in the Lv-3 Commission officer course which will be given by our certified instructors. Please ensure you arrive in comfortable clothing, and comfortable footwear such as tennis shoes (not flip flops, sandals, high heels, work boots, cowboy boots, tactical boots etc.). You can bring these items with you and change when you arrive, or you can be dressed ready to go when you arrive- up to you. Everyone must participate in this block of instruction however, if you have physical or health limitations then please discuss that with instructors when you arrive so we can work with you.

Commission Security Licensing in Austin, Texas

NOTICE: In Texas, it is a crime to perform any security-related work without a license; it doesn’t matter if you or your employer don’t use the term “security,” if you act in the capacity of a security officer (i.e. courtesy officer, event staff, bouncer, etc.), you are committing a crime – See section at the bottom of the page. Note: You do not have to be employed prior to taking this class.

“I highly recommended this academy if you’re looking for a job in security. Glenn is an awesome and very informative instructor. It’s an amazing course to receive your level two and three certification. He also does LTC, and is highly recommend for that too. Taught an excellent class and very professional at the gun range.”– Chris Mekler

($50.00 for returning TCTA students)

Austin Texas security license In accordance with the rules set forth in Chapter 1702 of the Texas Occupations Code, DPS-RSD requires that you attend and submit your renewal to them no later than 30 days prior to your license expiration date. As a requalification student, you are only required by the state to attend a six (6) hour block of instruction including a written exam and live fire range qualification. A portion of your training includes the Continuing Education requirement on “Ethics.” 2024- DPS Now Requires Weaponless Defense on requals (yes true), with a new certificate for instructors requiring them to sign that it has been done.  Schools and instructors not doing this will have their certificates kicked back by DPS. 


DPS-RSD does not “require” that you take a shotgun course as part of the Level-3 commission class. DPS-RSD will add a shotgun to your license if you received shotgun instruction with your Level-3. Many armored car carrier services and other assignments are equipping security members with Shotguns; this addition to your permit is highly recommended. We automatically include instruction and shotgun qualification with every Level-3 class at no additional charge as our way to help better train and prepare the security professionals of today. Our shotgun rental is also free of charge.


  • Laws & Regulations
  • Notes & Report Writing
  • Crime Scene Protection
  • Officer Safety/Survival
  • Use of Force/ DRM, Criminal/Civil
  • Conflict Resolution
  • OODA Loop
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Intro to Handcuffing, Baton, and OC
  • Live Fire: Handgun & Shotgun
  • State’s Written Exam (given in person)


  • Official State Exam
  • Additional Classroom Handouts (Additional 50 Pages of Information)
  • Training Videos (outstanding videos and scenarios)
  • Handgun Qualification Course Included
  • Shotgun Qualification Course (FREE)
  • Weapon Rental (Handgun and Shotgun) (FREE)
  • Equipment Rental (FREE)
  • Range Fees (paid by the student)
  • Hearing & Eye Protection Included
  • Use of many Training Aids
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Certificate of Completion Lv3 (TX State Approved)
  • Baton, Handcuffing and Pepper Spray instruction included

Austin Security License


Impersonating a non-commissioned or commissioned security officer is a Class A misdemeanor; for detailed information, read the Occupations Code here.

TCTA Note: This offense is arrestable; you will not be given a ticket; you will go to jail. Enroll today and 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-RSD.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.

Per Federal law, ex-felons are prohibited from buying or possessing a firearm; as such, you will not be licensed as a Commissioned Officer or allowed to possess a weapon to qualify as part of the course.

 DPS-RSD statement: 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 (follow 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

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