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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?

Here is the link to the Training Calendar
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When is the next Unarmed Instructor course?

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); and
  4. Nonrefundable renewal certification or licensure fees.​ 

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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How do I access iLearn?

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

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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What if my certification has already expired?

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I received a Deficiency Notice - what do I do?

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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**Notice to DPSST Unarmed Instructors

-     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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**Why do we need a new curriculum?

-        45 industry professionals came together for a two-day Job Task Analysis symposium in February 2014 to discuss the following;
o   What skills and attributes should be added to the unarmed private security curriculum?
o   What skills and attributes should be removed from the unarmed private security curriculum?
o   What skills and attributes should be kept in the unarmed private security curriculum?
o   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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**How was the new curriculum created?

     -        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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**Why is the new course 14 hours or 2-days long?

    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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**When does the proposed new curriculum become effective?

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.
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**Will the 4-hour refresher class minimum time requirement change in the near future?

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

The list of instructor courses is on the website, the courses with the “new” material kick off in October and have been scheduled through to March 2015.

There is no cost for Instructors to attend the training, unless they are intending to renew your certification at the time.  Note that the renewal cost is associated with the certification, not the training​.

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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?​​

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

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