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Unarmed Private Security Instructor **Instructor Essentials (new) Curriculum Information

What are the minimum standards for an Unarmed Private Security Instructor certification?

Private Security Instructors must be:
  • Private Security Instructors must 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:
    Good Character
    Public Trust
    Fair Treatment of Others
    Respect for the laws of this state and nation
    Complete application process, including training and fingerprinting.
    • Individuals must submit a resume demonstrating they meet the instructor prerequisites of a minimum of three years of work experience in private security services, military police, or law enforcement fields.
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​What can I expect from the Instructor course?

The Unarmed Private Security Instructor course is two-days in length. Attendees will learn successful instructor techniques; an in-depth curriculum and forms review is included.
Successful completion is based upon passing the course subject-matter exam, an ORS/OAR exam and a teach-back presentation.
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How do I apply to attend the next Unarmed Instructor course?

The application packet must be completed in its entirety and must include;
​​ Applicants must complete an application packet containing:
·        PS-1 (Application for Licensure or Certification of Private Security Services Provider);
·         A completed fingerprint card. The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards.  Proof of completing Fieldprint electronic fingerprints is also acceptable.
·        The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results) documenting completion of the training is required. 
·        PS-27 Code of Ethics form
·        Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees
·        Instructor applicants must submit a resume demonstrating they meet the instructor prerequisitesof a minimum of three years of work experience in private security services, military police, or law enforcement fields.
     Link to forms and fees​
Once the application packet has been processed by DPSST, you will need to attend a scheduled Instructors class, pass the assessment and the exam.​
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When is the next Unarmed Instructor course?

Here is the link to the Training Calendar

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How do I access iLearn?

To access iLearn, please click here.
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How do I renew my Instructor certification?

An application packet for renewing certification or licensure as a private security Instructor must be completed in its entirety and must include:
  1. A completed Form PS-21;
  2. A completed Form PS-27;
  3. A Form PS-8 (Continuing Education Form);
  4. Nonrefundable renewal certification or licensure fees; and
  5. Complete the required two-day Unarmed Instructor Essentials course, put on by DPSST.
Certified private security instructors who simultaneously hold certification as a private security professional are exempt from the required private security professional renewal training if they deliver the basic curriculum of the discipline for which they are certified at least one time per year.
Renewal application documents may be received by the Department up to 180 days prior to the expiration date of the certification or licensure. This allows time for processing of the forms and background check.
A late submission penalty of $25 will be assessed if reapplying after the expiration date of the certification or licensure.

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What if my certification has already expired?

A late submission penalty will be assessed if reapplying after the expiration date of the certification or licensure.
Applicants renewing their certification or licensure more than four years after the expiration date of the certification or licensure must submit a new application packet, see 'How to Apply for Private Security'.
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I received a Deficiency Notice - what do I do?

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**Notice to DPSST Unarmed Instructors

To all DPSST Unarmed Instructors;
The Private Security Investigator Policy Committee (PSIPC) met on November 18, 2014, and reviewed all public comments received in regards to the proposed private security professional unarmed classroom and renewal hours and subsequent significant fiscal impact to private security constituents. After much discussion, the PSIPC determined that increasing the private security professional basic course from 8 hours of instruction and four hours of assessments to 14 hours of instruction including assessments was appropriate.
The PSIPC also decided that increasing the refresher course from four hours to 14 hours was not appropriate, due to the significant fiscal impact to private security constituents. The PSIPC recommended that the current four-hour refresher course continue until a refresher course based on the new curriculum is developed, to be delivered within the four-hour minimum time-frame.
New applicant:
Current Basic classroom – 8 hours, assessment – 4 hours (12 hours total)
Proposed Basic training – 14 hours, includes assessments (14 hours total)
Renewal applicant:
Current Refresher training – 4 hours
Proposed Refresher training – 4 hours
This amended proposed rule change will be presented to the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (Board) on January 22, 2015. If approved by the Board, DPSST will begin the rulemaking process by filing the proposed amendments to OAR 259-060-0010, 259-060-0060, 259-060-0120, and 259-060-0135 with the Secretary of State on or before February 15, 2015.
There will be another public comment period on this amended proposed rule change from March 1 to March 23, 2015. DPSST will send out advanced notice to all interested parties with information on how to make public comment. All public comments received will be reviewed by the PSIPC and the Board prior to any permanent rule filing.
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**Why do we need a new curriculum?

The current unarmed Private Security curriculum has not had a significant update since its creation in 1995 and therefore improvements in industry standards have not been adequately reflected.
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**How was the new curriculum created?


      45 industry professionals came together for a two-day Job Task Analysis symposium in February 2014 to discuss the following;
      - What skills and attributes should be added to the unarmed private security       curriculum?
      - What skills and attributes should be removed from the unarmed private security curriculum?
      - What skills and attributes should be kept in the unarmed private security curriculum?
      - What skills and attributes should be in the renewal course?
      - The Private Security program’s Training and Development Specialist then created the Essentials curriculum based on submissions from the subject matter experts in the private security industry, the Police and other States private security programs.
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**Why is the new course 14 hours or 2-days long?

     After many reviews by subject matter experts in the industry, the Essentials curriculum was delivered to a select few pilot Instructors who then delivered the program and provided feedback. One aspect of this feedback was the length of time it took to deliver the material effectively. The content drove the new minimum hour requirement of 14 hours.
     - While the Private Security Program does not require that the training be delivered in two days; delivering 14 hours of training in one day is not recommended as a sound education model.
* The Oregon Administrative Rule increasing the minimum training hours to 14 has been approved by the Board and is currently in the rulemaking process. The rule will open for public comment in March, 2015.
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**When does the proposed new curriculum become effective?

     Instructors will be required to attend an Instructor Essentials Course in order to become familiar with the new course materials and instruction methods, before delivering the course. The Instructor Essentials Courses begin in October 2014.
      During the period between October - January 31st 2015, either curriculum may be delivered, but after January 31st 2015 only the Essentials material may be delivered.
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**Will the 4-hour refresher class minimum time requirement change in the near future?

At this stage, the Policy Committee has determined that a refresher class of longer than four-hours is not appropriate, due to the significant fiscal impact to private security constituents.

Please continue using the existing 4 hour renewal material until the unarmed subcommittee can review new renewal material options.



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**What is included in the Essentials (new) curriculum?

Here is an overview of the items covered in the Essentials material;
Chapter 1: Working in the Private Security Industry
DPSST Mission Statement
Core Values for Private Security Professionals
Professional skills
Chapter 2: Laws relevant to Private Security
Civil Law Affecting Private Security
Sources of Legal Authority/Duties
Introduction to Criminal Law
Common Crimes encountered by the Security Professional
Citizen’s arrest
Use of Force
Search and Seizure
Evidence Law
Courtroom Testimony
Chapter 3: The Report Writing Process
Value of Good Report Writing
The Report Writing Process
Chapter 4: Working as a Private Security Professional
Post Orders
Patrol Procedures
Identity Checks
Situational awareness
Emergency services
Medical emergencies
Fire detection, reporting and safety
Chapter 5: Certification Requirements
Certification requirements
Professional standards
Physical well-being
Continued Education
Demonstrate three citizen arrest scenarios
Demonstrate three emergency services calls
Complete and submit three reports.
Essentials exam
​​50 questions
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**When will Instructors have the opportunity to attend a "training" course to learn and therefore implement the new material?

     -    All Unarmed Private Security Instructors will need to attend one of the Essentials Instructor Development courses in order to be successfully transitioned to the Essentials curriculum material.

    -   The Instructor Essentials Courses have been posted on the Private Security website and Instructors are welcome to register for the course date that suits them best.

    -   The Essentials Instructor Development class is held over two days.  Course attendees are required to deliver a 15 minute Peer Instruction presentation on an assigned portion of the Essentials student manual, pass the open book DPSST policy and process exam with a score of 85% or above and pass an exam based on the Instructor and Student manual with a score of 85% or above.

    -   Classes will be conducted in the following regional areas; Medford, La Grande, Eugene, Bend Portland and at DPSST in Salem.  Should you wish for a further regional area be added to the list, please let us know.

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**When are the Instructor upgrade courses? Will they be conducted regionally too?​​

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**What is the cost of the Instructor Essentials course?

There is no cost for the Instructor Essentials Course. The training is included in the certification fee.
  • An instructor whose certification is scheduled to expire within six months may pay the renewal fee at the time of training and use the Instructor Essentials Course as refresher training.
  • As with all courses, pre-registration for the class is required
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