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Firearms Private Security Instructor

​​What are the minimum standards for a Firearms Instructor?

Be at least 21 years of age; and
  • Must have earned one of the following:
  • A high school diploma; a General Education Development (GED) certificate; or a four-year, post-secondary degree issued by an accredited degree-granting college or university.
Be of good moral fitness as determined by a criminal background check, department investigation or other reliable sources. A lack of good moral fitness includes, but is not limited to, mandatory and discretionary disqualifying misconduct as described in OAR 259-060-0300. Security professionals must demonstrate the Core Values of:
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation
Here is the link to the Criminal Disqualifiers.
Additionally, an app​licant for certification as an armed private security professional or firearms instructor must not:
Have been committed to the Mental Health and Development Disability Services Division under ORS 426.130, or similar order in another jurisdiction;
  • Have been found to be mentally ill and subject to an order under ORS 426.130 prohibiting the person from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness;
  • Be prohibited under US Code Title 18, Section 922(g)(8) (relating to civil restraining orders including stalking or harassment) from possessing a firearm in interstate commerce; or
  • Be prohibited under any law of this state or any federal law from purchasing, owning or possessing a firearm.





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What are the pre-qualification requirements for a Firearms Instructor?

Successful completion of:



  • Basic unarmed classroom instruction and exam;
  • Basic firearms course;
  • Department-administered firearms private security instructor course and Department-approved marksmanship qualification; and
  • Proof of successful completion of training from one or more of the following sources no more than five years prior to the time of application:
    • The National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Development School;
    • A firearms instructor through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center;
    • A Department-certified law enforcement or criminal justice firearms instructor course;
    • A firearms instructor through the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
    • A private security firearms instructor through the Washington Criminal Justice Training Center; or
    • A qualified instructor certification course as determined by the Department.
  • ​Additionally firearms private security instructors must successfully complete annual firearms instructor marksmanship qualifications. Instructors must qualify on a target authorized by the Department, within three attempts in one day.


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When is the next Armed Instructor course?

Link to the Training calendar​.
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How do I apply to attend the Armed Instructor course?

Applicants must complete an application packet containing:



  1. PS-1 (Application for Licensure or Certification of Private Security Services Provider);
  2. A completed fingerprint card. The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards.  Proof of completing Fieldprint electronic fingerprints is also acceptable.
  3. PS-27 Code of Ethics form
  4. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees


Link to forms​​ and fees​

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How do I renew my Armed Instructor certification?

Annual Firearms Instructor Marksmanship Qualification includes an annual firearms marksmanship requalification.

Applicants must achieve a score of 100 percent on all examinations and assessments with remediation in accordance with OAR 259-060-0135(9).

All applicants must complete and submit a renewal application packet containing: 


  1. A completed Form PS-21
  2. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fee as prescribed by OAR 259-060-500.
  3. Proof of a minimum of eight hours of coursework relating to any of the specific subjects being taught or a minimum of eight hours of coursework relating to improving instructor skills.

​... then register for and and successfully complete the firearms private security instructor course, written exam, and marksmanship qualifications.

Link to forms​​ and fees​​

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What happens if I do not renew before the expiration date?

You will be assessed a $25 late fee.
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I received a Deficiency Notice - What does it mean?


Click here for information on Deficiency Notices.

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