Oregon holds strict standards for the licensing of security officers.
This is from the state website:
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:
Fair Treatment of Others
Respect for the laws of this state and nation
Basic Classroom Instruction. Basic classroom consists of 14 hours of live classroom instruction which may include use of a subject matter expert, audio and visual instruction. Instructors must provide individuals with a manual of the basic curriculum. Applicants must complete a closed-book written examination. All private security courses and examinations are based upon a curriculum approved by the Board.
All required training and testing must be conducted by a certified private security instructor as defined in OAR 259-060-0010 or by a Department designee.
All required firearms courses must be administered by a certified private security firearms instructor.
The Department website provides names of certified instructors.
All training must be delivered in English and assessments and written exams must be completed in English, without assistance.
Only a certified private security instructor delivering the training may sign a Form PS-6 (Affidavit of Instructor and Private Security Provider Testing Results).
It is the responsibility of the applicant or private security provider to submit the original Form PS-6 to the Department upon completion of courses as specified in these rules.
To satisfy the training requirements for private security certification or licensure, training must be submitted to the Department within 180 days of the training being completed.