This Texas Department of Public Safety Certification course is designed to educate and train citizens on the fundamentals of active shooter response. Although it was designed to educate school employees on the responsibilities related to school safety at a school district or open-enrollment charter school who hold a license to carry, the course content is applicable to anyone defending any facility (church, office, school or home) against an active shooter threat. Students will learn how to think under stress and be placed in real life scenarios during course of instruction.

This course is designed for a minimum of fifteen (15) hours, maximum twenty (20) hours of classroom instruction, written examinations, practical exercises and live fire proficiency demonstration.  Skills covered go beyond License to Carry therefore you must already have a license to carry to take this course. In order to obtain certification, students must pass the Texas License to Carry shooting test with a score of 90% or higher (225 points) and complete a 120 round Shooting Under Duress shooting exercise developed by DPS. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Texas Department of Public Safety Proof of Training Certificate filed with the agency as part of your license to carry.

Course Objectives

  • Protection of students
  • Interaction of license holders with first responders
  • Tactics for denying an intruder entry into a classroom or school facility
  • Methods for increasing a license holders’ accuracy with a handgun while under duress
  • Role playing exercises

Students must bring the following

  • A semi-automatic handgun or a revolver.38 cal or larger (2 magazines for semi auto or speed loader for revolver)
  • 250 rounds of ammunition
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Closed toe shoes. No sandals or flip flops.
  • No low cut V neck shirts or tank tops.
  • Students are welcome to bring snacks and drinks


  • Texas License to Carry (LTC/CHL)

Note: ANY school teacher or school district employee CAN take this course on their own and receive this certification regardless if your school allows you to carry in school or not.

Note: Although any school employee can receive this certification, you must still have permission from your ISD to carry in school and on the job.