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Unarmed Private Security Instructor

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

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.
  • 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 class?

The Unarmed Private Security Instructor course is held over two-days and covers successful instructor techniques, an indepth curriculum and forms review.

Passing the course is based upon successful completion of a 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;

  1. ​​A completed Form PS-1; 
  2. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees 
  3. 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.
Once the application packet has been processed by DPSST, you will need to attend a scheduled Instructors class, pass the assessment and the exam.

Link to forms and fees 

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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 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 Form PS-8 (Continuing Education Form); and
  3. 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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What if my licence 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?

Click here to learn about Deficiency and Termination Notifications
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**When does the new curriculum become effective?

Instructors will be required to attend an Instructor Essentials Course in order to become familiar with the new course materials 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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**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" class to learn and therefore implement the new material?

The list of instructor classes is on the website, the classes 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 are the Instructor upgrade courses?  Will they be conducted regionally too?​​

The dates of Instructor Essentials courses have been posted and Instructors are welcome to register for the course of their choice.

Classes will be conducted in the following regional areas; Medford, La Grande, Eugene, Bend Portland and at DPSST in Salem​.
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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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