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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?
Stringent eligibility standards Education and/or work requirements Success on comprehensive examination Mandatory recertification Why Certification?
signifies that the individual is board certified presents immediate credibility / demonstration of competence provides objective measurement Why Certification? Certification:
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?
To Individuals Competence designation Career enhancement / Compensation Networking opportunities Skills development Certification Benefits
To Individuals (cont.) Increased value / Expertise Demonstrated commitment High professional and ethical standards Personal achievement Certification Benefits
To Employers Profile of a Certified Employee: Professionally competent High ethical standards Demonstrated expertise International networking Self-motivated and committed Certification Benefits
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
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
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
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
11,000+ professionals have earned the CPP designation; currently 5,000 CPPs globally CPP earned through: Experience Education Responsible charge Comprehensive testing CPP Description
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
“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
$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)
$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 International
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. 2% 3% 10-19 yrs. 35% 20+ yrs. 60% Tenure in the Security Profession
CPP Profile Associate’s Degree/ Some Post-secondary Work 2% High School or/ Less 20% 50% Advanced Degree* 28% Bachelor’s Degree * or some Graduate work Level of Education
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.
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
Application and Exam Fees: US/Canada $300 – members $450 – non-members International $200 – members $350 – non-members Retesting Fee: $200 – US/Canada $100 – International PCI Exam Fees
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
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.
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
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
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 Education Teaching and writing Volunteer service in professionally-related activities Recertification
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (703-519-6200) Frequently-Asked Questions
Q. Is CPP recertification credit given for activities in the safety, fire prevention or related fields? Yes: 3 credits per 3-year term allowed for education activities in: Safety Environmental safety Fire prevention Provided that: Topics are relevant to security Courses are for professional development Frequently-Asked Questions
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
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
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
Contact: Daphne Philos Certification Program Director Email: email@example.com Phone: (703) 518-1406 PCB members Chapter Certification Representatives Consult the website: http://www.asisonline.org/certification/index.xml Questions?