One requirement for becoming a private investigator in the state of Oregon is passing a Proficiency Exam issued by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). But how does one prepare and study for this test? On the DPSST Private Security/Investigator division’s website, an FAQ page explains the ins and outs of PI licensing. Under the PI exam section, it says:
“The proficiency exam is…an open book exam and all resource materials will be provided for you. You will be provided copies of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS 703.401-703.995) and Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR 259 Division 61) which are relevant to the exam. You are not allowed to use any of your own materials during the exam. You have up to three opportunities to pass this exam with a minimum of 86%.
The exam also covers statutes that PI’s need to be aware of while conducting investigations in Oregon. Feel free to research the following statutes prior to your exam date. (ORS Chapter 9, 40, 135 and 161-167)
Places for Finding a Woman’s Maiden Name: A Checklist of 90 Sources (from an Aug. 17 post at the Genealogy Blog, which has lots of other great posts)
How much and for what services should the state pay private investigators in capital cases?
The May 10th Willamette Week has a very interesting story about how the state is or is not paying for adequate legal defense services in capital cases, specifically in this case with defendant Ricardo Serrano. The WW blog posting’s comments have additional information.
May 11th postscript: If the information I received today is correct, the decision was made in this particular case to pay the private investigator standard rate.