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New Notification for Unarmed Professional Private Security Instructors:
Unarmed Professional Curriculum Updated Version 1.5

On January 1, 2021, new moral fitness rules will be effective for the Private Security Program.

The unarmed professional basic and refresher curriculum is updated to include any changes related to the new moral fitness rules.  The updated manuals can be found on our website and are available to view or download:

How do I renew my instructor certification?

An application packet for renewing an instructor certification must be completed in its entirety and must include:

  1. A completed Form PS-21;
  2. A completed Form PS-8 w/ proof of continuing education;
  3. Nonrefundable renewal certification fee;
  4. A certificate of completion for the unarmed instructor online course; and
  5. Have successfully completed either of the following unarmed training requirements at least once within three years prior to submission of an application for unarmed instructor renewal
    • Participation in the instructor demonstration component of the unarmed private security instructor development course; or
    • the unarmed private security instructor development course in its entirety.

Unarmed Instructor Online Renewal Course

Updated Guidelines for Unarmed Certified Instructor Demonstrations

Workday Registration Instructions for Online Training

Instructions for Printing Certificate in Workday

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Private Security Program has introduced a new process to observe and audit the proficiency of DPSST Private Security certified instructors. This auditing process will allow Department staff to observe instructor understanding and use of instructional skills and methodology, assess training delivery, review instructor files and ensure compliance with relevant Oregon Administrative Rule.

Instructors are chosen at random for the new instructional audit process. Instructors will be asked to submit scheduled training dates for the next two months. With this information, staff will create a schedule that will allow for auditing of three to six instructors each month.

The process and scoring guide used by staff is provided below for review. If areas for instructor improvement are identified during the audit, staff will provide teaching tips, coaching and useful resources.

Instructors will be contacted by DPSST staff if they are chosen to participate in the instructional audit process. Until then, no action is required at this time.

Scoring Sheet

Scoring Guide 


Continuing education must focus on instructor development or the corresponding DPSST private security professional course topics you are certified to teach.  Continuing education sources including training, classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, conferences and webinars.

The continuing education must be documented and submitted on a Form PS-8, including proof of completion or attendance.  Proof can be in the form of a grade, certificate, transcript, minutes, attendance roster or training record.

The continuing education must be completed within the two year prior to application for renewal of the instructor certification.

Instructors with more than one DPSST private security instructor certification must complete the continuing education for each of their instructor certifications using separate continuing education hours.

Below is a list of professional organizations that may be useful in providing beneficial training to meet the continuing education requirements.

DPSST does not endorse any of these professional organizations nor guarantee acceptance of training for education hours unless it meets the requirements listed above.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Homeland Security
National Institute of Health
National Institute of Justice
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
National Highway Institute

​If a student requests accommodations or modifications to the DPSST written exam, then the instructor is responsible for documenting the accommodations or modifications provided, and for obtaining documentation, from a health care provider or educational institution, which demonstrates the student’s need for the specific accommodation or modification provided.