For years the world has recognized a need for competent professionals who can effectively manage complex security issues that threaten people and the assets of corporations, governments, and public and private institutions. As the emphasis on protecting people, property, and information increases, it has strengthened the demand for professional managers. To meet these needs, the ASIS International administers the Certified Protection Professional program.
Nearly 10,000 professionals have earned the designation of CPP™. This group of professionals has demonstrated its competency in the areas of security solutions and best-business practices through an intensive qualification and testing program. As a result, these men and women have been awarded the coveted designation of CPP™, and are recognized as proven leaders in their profession.
Applicants must meet one of the following requirements to be accepted as a CPP™ candidate:
Education: An earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and work Experience: Seven (7) years of security experience, including at least three (3) years in responsible charge of a security function
Work Experience: Nine (9) years of security experience, including at least three (3) years in responsible charge of a security function.
Eligibility requirements also include no prior conviction of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the security profession or on ASIS International and its certification programs.
Definition of Terms
- “Experience” is defined as the individual having been personally engaged in security or loss prevention on a full-time basis, or as a primary duty. Included is:
- Experience as a security professional in the protection of assets, in the public or private sector, criminal justice system, government intelligence, or investigative agencies.
- Experience with companies, associations, government, or other organizations providing services or products, including consulting firms, provided the duties and responsibilities substantively relate to the design, evaluation, and application of systems, programs, or equipment, or development and operation of services, for protection of assets in the private or public sectors.
- Experience as a full-time educator on the faculty of an accredited educational institution, provided the responsibilities for courses and other duties relate primarily to knowledge areas pertinent to the management and operation of protection of assets programs in the public or private sectors.
- “Practitioner” includes educators and individuals who are primarily responsible for the professional application of security principles and practices in the private or public sector.
- “Responsible Charge” means that charge exercised by an individual in a management position who makes decisions for the successful completion of objectives without reliance upon directions from a superior as to specific methods or techniques. However, an applicant need not have held a supervisory position, as long as the positions on which the application relies have specifically included responsibility for independent decisions or actions. If responsible charge is not based on supervisory responsibilities, then security program management responsibilities and duties must be clearly shown. Generally, this excludes such positions as patrol officer or equivalent.
- “Security Function” shall mean the protection of assets; those security principles and practices employed to achieve freedom from physical and intellectual loss, unauthorized use, and danger or harm, in the private or public sector.
The applicant must not have been convicted of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the security profession, ASIS, and the CPP™ program.
Successful Completion of Exam
An examination is required for all applicants who meet the experience and/or education and responsible charge criteria. Candidates must pass the examination to achieve the CPP™ designation.