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Oregon DPSST Armed Security Certification near Eugene & Springfield

The Oregon DPSST Armed Security Certification course is intended for those looking to become an armed private security provider as well as those who are new hires and need to receive their basic armed certification.

CLASS/COURSE: Oregon DPSST Armed Security Certification near Eugene & Springfield

MAP/LOCATION: Oregon DPSST Armed Security Certification near Eugene & Springfield


The Oregon DPSST Armed Security Certification course includes all requirements to become certified in the state of Oregon as an Armed Security Professional. The class is taught by an Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) certified Private Security Firearms Instructor and consists of 24-hours of comprehensive training spread out over three (3) days consisting of 8 hours of training each day. The first two (2) days include in-depth classroom-based lectures, and the third day includes a range component.

You must first complete the Oregon DPSST Unarmed Security Certification course or be currently DPSST certified as an Unarmed Security Professional. Individuals certified as a Private Security Professional can renew their certification 180 days prior to their certification expiring through the Oregon DPSST Unarmed Security Certification Refresher course.

Certification is good for 2 years upon application acceptance, however an annual refresher and qualification is required every year.

(Day 1 & 2)

The first two (2) days consist of in-depth classroom-based lectures. At the end of the second day, students will take a 30 question closed book test. Students must successfully complete the two days of lecture and written test before they will be permitted to attend the range portion of the training.

Course Topics Include

  • Firearm safety
  • Handgun nomenclature
  • Ammunition types and selection
  • Weapons maintenance
  • Gear considerations
  • Officer responsibilities
  • Legal definitions
  • Proper decision making
  • Use of force
  • Interacting with Law Enforcement
  • Post shooting procedures
  • Decision-making scenarios


(Day 3)

The third day begins with a safety brief as well as going over the mindset and philosophies regarding the defensive use of handguns. The next segment of the course is focused on dry fire manipulations, followed by live fire manipulations:

Dry Fire Manipulations Include

  • Proper placement of gear
  • Loading/unloading and press checking
  • Drawing and holstering
  • After action response
  • Ready positions
  • Moving with a firearm in ready positions
  • Emergency reloads
  • Tactical reloads
  • Clearing malfunctions
  • Fundamentals of marksmanship
  • DPSST safe gun handling assessment

Live Fire Manipulations Include

  • 2 handed sighted slow fire (accuracy analysis)
  • single-handed firing dominant hand
  • single-handed firing non-dominant hand
  • shooting from kneeling positions
  • controlled pairs
  • close quarters un-sighted fire drills.
  • focused accuracy drills
  • shooting from behind cover

The culmination of the course is the Oregon DPSST PQC-1 Handgun Qualification Course. Each shooter has three (3) attempts to successfully pass the PQC-1 Handgun Qualification course. If for whatever reason, a shooter is unable to successfully pass the PQC-1 within acceptable scoring guidelines, they will need to reschedule a time to return for three (3) more attempts.

Important Course Information 

Upon completion of the Oregon DPSST Armed Security Certification course, each student will be provided all required paperwork to be submitted to DPSST’s Private Security Division. Each student must submit their application packet within 180 days of the completion of the course.

If an applicant is submitting both the Unarmed Security and Armed Security application to DPSST at the same time, they would submit the following paperwork:


If an applicant is already currently certified as an Unarmed Private Security Professional through DPSST and is adding the Armed Certification, they would submit the following paperwork:


All students are required to sign up online in advance to reserve a seat in the class. For assistance signing up for any Defensive Firearms Instruction class, please contact us directly.

Payment for the course is required either in advance upon signing up online, or due by the first day of class. Defensive Firearms Instruction has the ability to accept the following methods of payment:

  • Credit Card/Debit card
  • Cash
  • Personal/Business check
  • Money Order

Invoicing for companies can, with prior authorization, be done by contacting us.

Defensive Firearms Instruction is currently working with multiple organizations that can assist individuals with class and State Fee tuition costs. To inquire about eligibility, please visit your local county WorkSource office or Vocational Rehabilitation office.

Private courses are available with advance notice and are subject to increased class fees or minimum student enrollment. Contact us directly for availability and scheduling.


Required Gear*

– Valid form of government issued Photo ID
– Notepad
– Pen
– Semi-automatic duty sized handgun chambered in .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 Auto  (no revolvers)
– At least 2 magazines (if your magazine capacity is less than 6 rounds, bring 3 magazines)
– Holster and magazine pouch
– 250 rounds of handgun ammunition
– Belt and suitable clothing (range is outdoors, dress for the weather)
– Knee pads (optional)
– Sunscreen (weather dependent)
– Hat with visor
– Eye and ear protection

– Lunch, snacks, and drinks (refrigeration is unavailable. There is a market nearby for purchasing lunch)

*Rental equipment (firearm/ammunition/eye & ear protection) is available for an additional fee and with advanced notice.

Note: Do not bring any firearms or ammunition to the class/classroom until range day (Day 3).

On range day (Day 3), all firearms must be unloaded and in a case or holster upon arrival. All firearms will remain in their case or holster until specifically directed to be taken out under the guidance of a DFI instructor. 

Gear Rentals (optional)

12 reviews for Oregon DPSST Armed Security Certification near Eugene & Springfield

  1. Andrew

    Instructor was great, very informative. Had real world examples which helps illustrate actual possible situations. DPSST Armed Security course instructor was willing to answer all questions and was able to do so in terms everyone could understand.

  2. Anthony

    Instructor was very knowledgeable and professional. Overall and excellent and enjoyable DPSST course. I learned a lot. Looking forward to more courses.

  3. Dalton

    The instructor’s professionalism was top tier. It was a very safe environment and we had adequate breaks. The DPSST information that I learned is excellent and vital to my job. I would recommend DFI to all my family and friends.

  4. David

    Instructor was squared away and professional. Information was useful and solid. Safety was first and foremost before every evolution. Classroom environment was excellent, breaks were plentiful, highly recommend class and instructor.

  5. August

    Very professional instructor obviously very experienced and knowledgeable. Class environment is comfortable, clean and organized. Safety is clearly of the utmost importance at all times.

  6. Tyler

    I have taken a few courses with Defensive Firearms Instruction. DPSST Armed Security course was probably my favorite course so far. Lots of practical information and opportunities to apply knowledge.

  7. Scott

    The instructor was very knowledgeable and has a good attitude. We got plenty of breaks and he was very good answering questions. I would definitely recommend this DPSST Armed Security course and company.

  8. Michael

    I thought this class was very informative and conducted in a professional manner. I enjoyed the discussions and the material being taught was very straight forward. Breaks were plentiful and overall just a great class. I would recommend.

  9. Brian

    The whole experience was great! Instructor was very professional and a great communicator. He knew the material being taught and explained it very well. Plenty of breaks and nice facility. I would recommend this class and company.

  10. Christopher

    I thought that the class was very informative and well thought out by the instructor and the business. Instructor was extremely knowledgeable. The course/class was very professional and safety was a top priority. The classroom environment was great. It was neither too warm nor too cold, laid back and a comfortable setting. Breaks were perfect at 5 mins every hour. I will recommend to others.

  11. Jennifer

    Wanted to take this class to better understand the shotgun and how to use it for home defense. I walk away with more knowledge and information than I expected. I am thoroughly satisfied with this class. The level of prudentialism was top notch and I felt safe throughout the entire course.

  12. Scott

    The instructor was very knowledgeable and has a good attitude. We got plenty of breaks and he was very good at answering questions. I would definitely recommend this shotgun course and Defensive Firearms Instruction.

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