The Texas PSB (Private Security Board) qualified manager’s exam is given three to five times a month
at the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Austin. Exams are scheduled for manager, supervisor,
and consultant applicants after the proper applications and required fees have been received and when
it is determined that the applicants meet the experience requirements for that particular position.
Experience will only be considered when it is submitted directly on the PSB-02 (PDF) form.
The manager’s exam is designed to ensure that every manager, supervisor, and consultant have a
working knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern the private security industry in Texas.
Every applicant for these three positions must pass the same exam which covers the statute and rules
(regardless of the category of company for which the managers/owners are applying).
The exam consists of 140 questions and the time allotment is two hours. Multiple versions of the exam.
Question format is true/false and multiple choice. A score of 105 or greater is required to pass the exam.
Exam results are sent to the company mailing addresses after the exam dates.
By statute, the Bureau has 30 days to notify test takers of their scores.
If the score is failing, a re-exam date will be included in the notice.
A re-exam requires a $100 fee, and applicants are allowed to re-test as
often as the exam schedule allows within their 90 day application window.
Scheduled applicants must bring a copy of their invitation letter as well as their driver’s license or state ID to the exam;
they must also know their application or company license number.
All correspondence from the Private Security Bureau will include this number.
The Managers exam was significantly modified. The current exam questions now focus on issues of general concern to
managers of licensed companies, such as the eligibility criteria for registrations, pre-employment obligations and procedures,
application requirements, record-keeping, and the procedures relating to disciplinary actions and administrative fines.
Texas Guard Company Manager Requirements:
(a) All applicants for registration as manager of a guard
company must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application.
(b) All such applicants must have at least three (3) years accumulated
employment experience in the field in which the applicant’s prospective
employer is licensed, including at least one (1) year of experience in
a managerial or supervisory position.
Texas Manager Exam Information:
The applicant applying as a manager/supervisor or consultant is required
to demonstrate qualifications in the person’s license classification,
including knowledge of applicable state laws and administrative
rules by taking and passing an examination.
The exam consists of 140 questions – multiple choice and true/false.
A score of 105 or greater is required to pass the exam.
Exams are only administered in the Austin Headquarters-Department of Public Safety
Complex by appointment only. Note: Please do not call Private Security Program (PSB) to
inquire as to the exam date. The PSB will notify applicants by mail of all test dates and times.
Scheduled applicants must bring in a copy of their invitation letter as well as their driver’s
license or state ID to the exam; they must also know their application file number or
company license number. Please refer to correspondence letter from the Private Security
Program to obtain your application or company license number.
Exam results are released not later than the 30th day after a person takes a licensing examination.
The “exam fee” is included in the original company license application fee. A person who
fails the examination must pay a reexamination fee to take a subsequent examination. The
cost for a reexamination is $100. Applicants are allowed to retest as often as the exam
schedule allows within their 90 day application window.