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Board Certification by. 2/27/04. Recognition by the private sector of voluntarily achieved standards; different from licensure “ Credential” Latin word “ credere ” – to believe…to put trust in “Certify” Latin “ certus ” (certain) and “ facere ” (to make). Why Certification?.

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why certification
Recognition by the private sector of voluntarily achieved standards; different from licensure


Latin word “credere” – to believe…to put trust in


Latin “certus” (certain) and “facere” (to make)

Why Certification?
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Stringent eligibility standards

Education and/or work requirements

Success on comprehensive examination

Mandatory recertification

Why Certification?
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signifies that the individual is board certified

presents immediate credibility / demonstration of competence

provides objective measurement

Why Certification?


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If you want to…

demonstrate your in-depth knowledge and technical skills

gain instant professional credibility

advance your career

start head and shoulders above the competition

… you need to be certified

Why Certification?
certification benefits
To Individuals

Competence designation

Career enhancement / Compensation

Networking opportunities

Skills development

Certification Benefits
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To Individuals (cont.)

Increased value / Expertise

Demonstrated commitment

High professional and ethical standards

Personal achievement

Certification Benefits
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To Employers

Profile of a Certified Employee:

Professionally competent

High ethical standards

Demonstrated expertise

International networking

Self-motivated and committed

Certification Benefits
our future
The next 10-20 years:

Changing structure of the workplace

Increasing importance of certification

Employers seeking evidence of competence

Globalization of many industries

Growing need for transportable skill sets

Our Future
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The next 10-20 years:

Increased attention by federal / state governments to importance of certifying professionals

Need for government intervention diminishes if industry sets competency benchmarks

Our Future
certified protection professional
The CPP designation is for security professionals with:

Advanced knowledge of security management (both Security and Business Principles and Practices)

Proficiencies in:

Certified Protection Professional
  • Security Principles & Practices
  • Business Principles & Practices
  • Personnel Security
  • Physical Security
  • Information Security
  • Emergency Practices
  • Investigations
  • Legal Aspects

CPP Examination Content

200 Questions

International & Domestic

cpp examination content
Based on Role Delineation Study

Surveys statistical sample of CPPs approximately every four-five years

Presents major areas of responsibility (domains) of security manager; specific work-related tasks associated with each domain; knowledge and skills necessary to perform tasks

Tasks evaluated on importance level, frequency scale, and potential for harm (if not performed)

Results define work-related activities of a CPP used to determine exam specifications (e.g., percentages of test questions) and influence eligibility requirements

CPP Examination Content
cpp description
11,000+ professionals have earned the CPP designation; currently 5,000 CPPs globally

CPP earned through:



Responsible charge

Comprehensive testing

CPP Description
cpp eligibility
Three (3) years in a responsible charge security position plus one of the following:

Nine (9) years security experience

Bachelor’s Degree plus seven (7) years security experience

CPP Eligibility
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“Responsible Charge” Defined

Individual exercises charge in a supervisory position that is responsible for independent decisions and actions

Makes decisions for successful completion of objectives

Incorporates effective use of appropriate methods and techniques without directions from superiors

CPP Eligibility
cpp exam delivery systems
$300 Application & Exam Fee – ASIS members

$450 Application & Exam Fee – non-members

Available to candidates seeking the CPP designation in the United States and Canada

Advantages of CBT

User friendly

Testing sites in almost 200 locations

Immediate score report upon completion of exam

Candidate decides when and where to take exam

CPP Exam Delivery Systems

Computer-Based Testing (CBT)

pencil paper testing
$200 Application & Exam Fee – ASIS members

$350 Application & Exam Fee – non-members

International CPP exam is available in pencil & paper form ONLY

Available to international CPP candidates in English or Spanish

Pencil & Paper Testing



Pencil & Paper Testing

The application processing portion of the CPP fee ($100 for members, $250 for non-members) is non-refundable. If candidates are found to be ineligible for the examination, only the remainder will be refunded.


CPP Profile

3-5 yrs.

6-9 yrs.



10-19 yrs.


20+ yrs.


Tenure in the Security Profession


CPP Profile

Associate’s Degree/

Some Post-secondary



High School or/ Less



Advanced Degree*


Bachelor’s Degree

* or some Graduate work

Level of Education

professional certified investigator
The PCI designation is for investigators with:

Advanced skills in conducting investigations

Proficiencies in:

Case management

Evidence collection

Case presentation

Professional Certified Investigator

PCI Exam Content

The PCI examination consists of 125 multiple-choice questions covering tasks, knowledge and skills in subjects identified, by professional investigators, as the major areas involved in this field.

eligibility requirements
Two (2) years in a case management investigations position plus one of the following:

Five (5) years investigations experience

A high school diploma or GED equivalent

Eligibility Requirements
pci exam fees
Application and Exam Fees:


$300 – members

$450 – non-members


$200 – members

$350 – non-members

Retesting Fee:

$200 – US/Canada

$100 – International

PCI Exam Fees
pci testing
The PCI exam is currently only available to U.S. and Canadian applicants, and only as a pencil & paper-based test. It will become computer-based in late fall of 2005.PCI Testing
physical security professional
The PSP designation is for professionals with:

Advanced skills in conducting physical security surveys

Proficiencies in:

The selection and implementation of integrated physical security measures

The installation, testing, and maintenance of security systems

Physical Security Professional

PSP Exam Content

The PSP examination consists of 125 multiple-choice questions covering tasks, knowledge and skills in subjects identified, by physical security professionals, as the major areas involved in this field.

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Candidates wishing to take the PSP examination must first satisfy the following requirements:

High school diploma or GED equivalent

Five (5) years of experience in physical security

Eligibility Requirements
psp exam fees
Application* and Exam Fee:

$300 – members

$450 – non-members

Retesting Fee:

$200 – members

$350 – non-members

*The application processing portion of the fee ($100) is non-refundable. If candidates are found to be ineligible for the examination, only the remainder will be refunded.

PSP Exam Fees
psp testing
The PSP examination is available in the U.S., Canada, and international locations

The exam is available as a computer-based test in the U.S. and Canada. Paper and pencil based test is used for international candidates

PSP Testing
The CPP and PCI designations require recertification every three years; the PSP every two years

Recertification demonstrates commitment to:

Professional development

Maintaining proficiency and credibility

Eligible activities include


Teaching and writing

Volunteer service in professionally-related activities

frequently asked questions
Q. Does the difficulty of the examination change from year to year?

No. Neither increases nor decreases in difficulty

Statistical procedure – “equating” – is used between test forms

Converts scores psychometrically to achieve comparable difficulty level

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. How is the passing point determined?

Passing point set on scale of 200 – 800

Represents same raw scores previously required; not percentage

Candidates’ scaled scores derived from the raw scores

Example: SAT scores are reported on a scale

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. Why doesn’t the CPP exam test on emerging issues or trends in our profession, and why doesn’t it test on other functions performed by security professionals (such as safety, fire prevention, emergency medical response)?

CPP exam covers subjects identified by current CPPs as most common and important to security management

Exam intended to measure general understanding of seven areas; these areas can incorporate relevant topics

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. Is the value of the ASIS certifications diminished as more people acquire them?

Not as long as the knowledge measured / scoring parameters are consistent

Most likely effect:

Greater public awareness of the designations and recognition of their value

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. Why are there questions on the examinations that were not covered in the review courses or study guides?

Exam questions drawn from reference sources specified by PCB, not from review courses or study guides

Review courses and study guides developed by experienced security professionals, but

No relationship between the course and/or guide, and the exam

PCB does not oversee the ASIS review courses

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. I plan to attend the ASIS Seminar and Certified-Only sessions; will these show on my records?

Beginning in 2001, credit is automatically entered for all ASIS activities

If the activity preceded 2001, you should manually submit credit earned from ASIS activities

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. How do I find out how many credits to claim for activities that I report?

Refer to Recertification Credit Report schedule

Available on the ASIS Certification Website

Request hard copy from ASIS customer service


Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. Is CPP recertification credit given for activities in the safety, fire prevention or related fields?


3 credits per 3-year term allowed for education activities in:


Environmental safety

Fire prevention

Provided that:

Topics are relevant to security

Courses are for professional development

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. How many credits do I need to recertify?

CPPs must accumulate 16 credits during three-year period

PCIs must accumulate 15 credits over three years

PSPs need to earn 10 credits over two years

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. How much do I pay to recertify?

Cost of CPP and PCI recertification is $60 for ASIS members; $80 for non-members and covers a three-year term

PSP recertification is $40 for ASIS members; $60 for non-members and covers a two-year term

Frequently-Asked Questions
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Q. How often do I have to report my recertification activities?

Recommend quarterly, at the very least annually; with website available 24/7

Required by December 31 of the 2nd (PSP) or 3rd (CPP & PCI) year

Frequently-Asked Questions

Daphne Philos

Certification Program Director


Phone: (703) 518-1406

PCB members

Chapter Certification Representatives

Consult the website: