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I have extensive experience in security management, investigations, and/or physical security. Why do I have to take an examination to prove my competence?


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​The ASIS Professional Certification Board feels strongly that examination is an essential component of our certifications. The CPP, PCI, and PSP exams were designed by qualified test development professionals and according to internationally accepted procedures. Just as important, security management, investigations, and physical security professionals determined the questions and contents of the exams, so that the tests accurately reflect the knowledge and skills valued in the security industry.

Every individual's experience is different and there is no way of quantifying it except through examination. Furthermore, the practice of awarding certifications through experience alone is not accepted by accrediting organizations in the certification field, and ASIS is committed to maintaining the highest possible credibility for its certification programs.