You’re looking for an exciting new career keeping people safe. First of all, congratulations on coming to such a brave conclusion. Now, you need to know the steps needed in order to make this goal a reality.
The Steps Involved with Becoming a Security Officer
In Dallas and the rest of the great state of Texas, a person who is working security needs to be registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety. That’s your first step, right? Not quite. While you may think you should become certified to be a security officer first, before anything else, this is a common mistake. This registration cannot be done unless a person has been hired by a security company.
In reality, your first step is to be hired by a Dallas, TX company that offers security services. Once you are hired, you will go through a few necessary steps. This means:
#1 Being fingerprinted
#3 Apply for registration
Upon completing Level II or Level III training, you will receive a certificate of completion. This will be one of the items needed when applying for a registration card through the Texas Department of Public Safety. You will also need to provide a receipt showing that you have completed the fingerprinting and background check. For this background check, you will need to submit a photocopy of their driver’s license or state ID card.
The entire security guard training and licensing process can take between one and two months from the time you are hired to when you receive their registration card from the state. Also called a pocket card, this registration card is good for two years in Texas. At that time it will need to be renewed, which can be done either by mail or online.
Work for Statewide Patrol
The first step to becoming a security guard in Texas is applying for open security guard jobs with Texas security companies. Statewide Patrol is hiring! When you work for us, you can become either an armed or unarmed security officer. To become a commissioned (armed) security officer, you must complete the Level II and Level III Training, so it’s a bit more exhaustive and time consuming.
Working with us, you will do a variety of jobs, like mobile security and more. You could also be a bodyguard, sometimes known as a personal protection officer. If you are interested in becoming a personal protection officer (bodyguard), this requires you to complete the Level IV Training courses. Because we offer temporary services, you could work to protect important and wealthy people in Dallas for a limited time. There’s no telling what exciting assignments await you when you work for Statewide Patrol!