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New Private Security Certification or License

The Private Security Program offers several certification and licensure types to meet the needs of the security industry in Oregon. Each certification or license type offered is listed below and provides a brief overview of the minimum standards required for each type and the forms and fees required for each type. 
Prior to application, please review the minimum standards for the type of certification or license you would like to apply for; and the programs' Background Check Information List, which includes mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers related to moral fitness of each applicant. 
Certification and Licensure Fees
Links to Forms, Training, Provider Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the navigation menu on the left. 
The Program accepts Cashier's Checks, Money Orders, Business Checks and Credit Card Authorization Form (Visa or MasterCard only).  We do not accept cash or personal checks.  Payments can be addressed to DPSST.


Certification and Licensure Types:

What are the minimum standards for Private Security certification?

Private security providers must be:

  • At least 18 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:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.


What is the process for becoming an Alarm Monitor Private Security Professional?

All applicants for certification or licensure 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. The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results) completed as prescribed by OAR 259-060-0060​; documenting completion of the training required.

  4. If currently employed, an original, completed Form PS-20 (Private Security Services Provider Temporary Work Permit).

  5. PS-27 Code of Ethics form

  6. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees​

What are the minimum standards for an Armed Private Security professional?

Private security providers 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 of:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.

 

What forms do I need to submit for an Armed Private Security certification?

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. The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results) completed as prescribed by OAR 259-060-0060; documenting completion of the training required.

  4. PS-27 Code of Ethics form

  5. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees.

What are the minimum standards for Private Security certification?

Private security providers must be:

  • At least 18 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:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.


What training do I need to complete for Event and Entertainment Professional certification?

Event and Entertainment Online Training Information:

Introductory to Event and Entertainment Certification

Event and Entertainment Online Training (iLearn)

iLearn Log In Instructions


What forms do I need to submit for an Event and Entertainment Private Security certification?

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. Signed copies of Certificates of Completion of the Event and Entertainment course and exam.

  4. PS-27 Code of Ethics form

  5. If currently employed, a completed Form PS-20 (Private Security Services Provider Temporary Work Permit)

  6. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees​

What are the minimum standards for Private Security certification?

Private security providers must be:

  • At least 18 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:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.

What forms do I need to submit for an Unarmed Private Security certification?

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. The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results) documenting completion of the training is required.

  4. PS-27 Code of Ethics form

  5. If currently employed, a completed Form PS-20 (Private Security Services Provider Temporary Work Permit).

  6. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees​

What are the minimum standards for Private Security certification?

Private security providers must be:

  • At least 18 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:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.


How do I apply for a Supervisory Manager license?

Application packets must be completed in their entirety and must include:

  1. A completed Form PS-1;

  2. A completed fingerprint card. The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards.  Proof of completing Fieldprint electronic fingerprints is also acceptable.

  3. A completed Form PS-6 showing successful completion of the 14 hour unarmed course.

  4. Completion of the private security manager course provided by the Private Security Program (the Program will register you for this course and email course information to you once your application is processed)

  5. A completed Form PS-27;

  6. If currently employed, an original, completed Form PS-20 (you can sign it for yourself); and

  7. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees.

Once your application packet has been processed by DPSST you will need to attend a Manager's course, and pass the assessment and exam.​

Please note:  Taking a manager course will not fulfill the requirements for the unarmed professional certification.  If you are providing security services, you will need to attend an unarmed refresher class every two years.


 

What are the minimum standards for an Executive Manager License?

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:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.


How do I apply to become an Executive Manager?

Application packets for certification or licensure must be completed in its entirety and must include:

  1. A compl​eted Form PS-1;

  2. A completed fingerprint card. The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards.  Proof of completing Fieldprint electronic fingerprints is also acceptable.

  3. A completed Form PS-6 showing successful completion of the 14 hour unarmed course (Private Security Executive Managers) or 12 hour basic Alarm Monitor course (Alarm Monitor Executive Managers);

  4. Completion of the private security manager course provided by the Private Security Program (the Program will register you for this course and email course information to you once your application is processed)

  5. A completed Form PS-27;

  6. If currently employed, an original, completed Form PS-20;

  7. A completed PS-24 Executive Manager Information Form; and

  8. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees.

​Once your application packet has been processed by DPSST you will need to attend a Manager's course, and pass the assessment and exam.​

Please note:  Taking a manager course will not fulfill the requirements for the unarmed professional certification.  If you are providing security services, you will need to attend an unarmed refresher class every two years.​

What are the minimum standards for an Alarm Monitor 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​. Security professionals must demonstrate the Core Values of:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.


How do I apply for an Alarm Monitor Instructor Certification?

The application packet must be completed in its entirety and must include;

  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. The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results) documenting completion of the training is required.

  4. PS-27 Code of Ethics form

  5. Proof of Experience that equals a minimum of at least three years of full-time work experience providing private security services, law enforcement fields or military police within the last ten years prior to application.

  6. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees

Provide proof of experience that equals a minimum of three years of full-time work experience providing private security services within the 10 years prior to application. The Department will also accept experience as a military police officer or a police officer toward satisfying the three years of work experience
 
Once the application packet has been processed by DPSST, you will need to attend a scheduled Instructors class, pass the assessment and the exam.​


 

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​. Security professionals must demonstrate the Core Values of:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.


Complete application process, including training and fingerprinting

Provide proof of experience that equals a minimum of three years of full-time work experience providing private security services within the 10 years prior to application. The Department will also accept experience as a military police officer or a police officer toward satisfying the three years of work experience


How do I apply to attend the next Unarmed Instructor course?

The application packet must be completed in its entirety and must include;

  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. The original Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results) documenting completion of the training is required.

  4. PS-27 Code of Ethics form

  5. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees

Provide proof of experience that equals a minimum of three years of full-time work experience providing private security services within the 10 years prior to application. The Department will also accept experience as a military police officer or a police officer toward satisfying the three years of work experience
 
Once the application packet has been processed by DPSST, you will need to attend a scheduled Instructors class, pass the assessment and the exam.​​

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:
Honesty
Good Character
Public Trust
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation


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.

Please review the Background Check Information page to review mandatory and discretionary disqualifiers prior to applying for certification or licensure.


Proof of successful completion of a firearms instructor development course that consists of a minimum of 40 hours. The course must have been successfully completed within the five years prior to application. Proof of successful completion is required. Approved sources include:

  • The Handgun Instructor Development Course provided by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training;
  • The Washington Criminal Justice Training Center;
  • The National Rifle Association Law Enforcement Instructor Development School;
  • The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center;
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation; or
  • A qualified firearms instructor certification course as determined by the Department.

Certified private security firearms instructors must complete the firearms instructor marksmanship qualification annually. Instructors must qualify on a target authorized by the Department, within three attempts in one day.

How do I apply to attend the Firearms Instructor course?

Applicants must complete an application packet containing:

  1. PS-1 (Application for Licensure or Certification of Private Security Services Provider);

  2. Instructor applicants 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.

  3. A completed fingerprint card. The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards.  Proof of completing Fieldprint electronic fingerprints is also acceptable.

  4. PS-27 Code of Ethics form

  5. Nonrefundable certification or licensure fees​

Fingerprinting Options and Information:

Option 1 - Electronic fingerprinting via Fieldprint


Submit Electronic Fingerprints via Fieldprint, Inc.  Fieldprint provides all aspects of the fingerprinting process from electronic collection to sending the collected fingerprints to OSP/FBI for processing;eliminating the need for submission of a fingerprint card to DPSST.  Fieldprint offers nationwide fingerprinting services within a reasonable distance from any location.  Please visit: www.fieldprintoregon.com for more information and to schedule an appointment.

You will need to use the following Fieldprint code when scheduling your appointment:

FPPSCertificationDPSST

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE NOTE:

  • Be Sure to enter the Fieldprint code when scheduling your appointment; and
  • Once you have completed the process of scheduling an appointment with Fieldprint, Inc., you will be provided with a Confirmation Page.  You must include a copy of your Confirmation Page with your application packet upon submission to DPSST.

Option 2 - LiveScan fingerprinting


Submit a LiveScan printed fingerprint card.  LiveScan is an inkless electronic fingerprinting method where fingerprints are scanned and saved as a digital image.  When done properly, LiveScan can have a greater success rate than the traditional ink method.  However, LiveScan is not available in all areas.

Option 3 - Traditional ink fingerprinting Submit a completed ink fingerprint card


The Department will supply pre-printed FBI fingerprint cards at no charge. Please contact our office to request one.


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