Share ASIS International / Certification / Board Certifications / FAQ FAQ Page Content How do I know which exam is right for me? The Certified Protection Professional (CPP®) program is designed for those who have demonstrated competency in all areas of security management. The Physical Security Professional (PSP®) program is designed for those whose primary responsibility is to conduct threat surveys, design integrated security systems that include equipment, procedures and people, or install, operate and maintain those systems. The Professional Certified Investigator (PCI®) program is designed for those whose responsibilities include case management, evidence collections, and preparation of reports and testimony to substantiate findings. What will I be tested on? Each certification exam is based on a body of knowledge created by and for professionals in the security field. Click on the appropriate exam below for details about the exam content and the percentages of questions you’ll have for each domain. CPP Exam Domains PSP Exam Domains PCI Exam Domains What are the eligibility requirements for each exam? Certified Protection Professional (CPP) – Candidates for the CPP examination must first satisfy the following requirements: Nine (9) years of security experience, at least three (3) years of which shall have been in responsible charge of a security function; OR Earned Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and have seven (7) years of security experience, at least three (3) years of which shall have been in responsible charge of a security function. Physical Security Professional (PSP) – Candidates for the PSP examination must first satisfy the following requirements: Six (6) years of progressive physical security experience, and earned High School Diploma, GED equivalent or Associate's degree; OR Four (4) years of physical security experience with an earned Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education. The Professional Certified Investigator (PCI®) – Candidates for the PSP examination must first satisfy the following requirements: Five (5) years of investigations experience, including at least two (2) years in case management AND a high school diploma or GED equivalent. For all ASIS certification programs, only full-time employment will qualify as eligibility experience. The years of experience are mandatory and will not be waived for any reason. The applicant must not have been convicted of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the security profession, ASIS, or the certification program. What are the application fees? The costs for submitting a CPP, PCI, or PSP certification application are: $300 for ASIS members $450 for nonmembers If your application is denied for any reason, you will receive a refund of your application fee minus a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. Where are exams offered? ASIS exams are offered at Prometric computer-based test (CBT) centers throughout the world. Go to https://www.prometric.com/asis to locate the nearest testing facility. Our CBT exams are offered year-round. Please remember that you cannot schedule your exam until you have been approved to take the exam and have received the Authorization to Test letter. ASIS also offers paper-and-pencil exams at the following locations. (Paper-and-pencil exams are only offered on the first Saturday of May and November.) Australia (Queensland) Costa Rica Ecuador Jamaica Nigeria (Lagos & Port Harcourt) Panama The applications fees are $200 for ASIS members and $350 for nonmembers. What is the process for applying for certification? The certification application may be filled out online or downloaded here: Certification Application. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an Authorization to Test letter with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Please allow approximately two weeks for your application to be reviewed. The results of your application review will be emailed to you. Is ASIS membership required to obtain a certification? No. Although we highly recommend that all security professionals join ASIS, membership is not required for certification. There are discounted fees for applying for the exam and to purchase ASIS study materials. Can I apply for all three certifications at once? Yes, but you must submit a separate application for each exam and pay the applicable application fees. Once I’m approved to take the exam, how long do I have to take the exam? You have up to two years from the date you receive your Authorization to Test letter to take the exam. Once your two years have expired, you must reapply and pay all applicable fees. How should I study for the exam? All examination questions are sourced from the list of Reference Materials and relate to one of the exam’s content domains. Candidates are encouraged to use the reference materials as part of their exam preparation. How much do the Reference Materials cost? Please go to the Reference Sets (Materials) on our website for fees. ASIS members are offered a discount for these purchases. Are the study materials offered online? Yes, the ASIS’s Reference Sets (Materials) are offered both in print and online. We also offer a discount for buying both versions together (POA Bundle). How much time should I allow to study for the exam? Most candidates allow approximately three to six months for CPP preparation, approximately six weeks for PCI, and three months for PSP to review and study the suggested reading materials. When will I find out the results of my exam? Those taking the exam at a computer-based testing center will get preliminary results at the test center. You will receive your official results from ASIS approximately three weeks after you take the exam. If you take a paper-and-pencil exam, please allow approximately six weeks to receive your results. When will I receive my certification certificate? ASIS receives exam results from Prometric twice a month. Your certification status will remain pending until the results are imported into our database. Once the results are received by ASIS, we will update your status in your online records and you will be listed in the Certificants Directory. Your official notification and certificate will be mailed approximately two weeks after receipt of results. Unfortunately, ASIS staff will not be able to verify your recent achievement until the results are received. Once I’m certified, how can I use my designation? Once you have earned the CPP, PCI, or PSP designation, wear it proudly! Add it to the end of your email signature, update your listings on your social media accounts, download your digital credential, and put on your business cards. For more tips, go to Promoting Your Certification to access certification logos and for ideas to help promote your certification achievements. What are Digital Credentials? Digital credentials are portable, verifiable, and hinder unauthorized reproductions of the CPP®, PCI®, and PSP® designations by those who illegitimately try to display and/or claim that they have earned the credentials. It is a more reliable means of verifying that an individual has earned an ASIS International certification. Please review the for more information. How can I verify if someone is certified? Under resources on the certification page of our website you can do a Certificant Search. You will need their first and last names to use this tool. If I fail the exam, what is the waiting period before I can retake it? The first time an applicant fails the exam, he or she must wait three months before retaking it. The second time an applicant fails the exam, he or she must wait six months before retaking it. After the third attempt, candidates must wait three years and start the application process over. What is the re-exam fee and process? You can access the Certification Re-Exam Application online. The re-exam fee for computer-based testing is $200 and $100 for our paper-and-pencil exams. To allow ample time for test scheduling and availability, it is best that candidates apply for re-examination approximately six weeks prior to the date that you are wishing to test. What is my eligibility number? The eligibility number is the same as your ASIS ID number. If you need certification program assistance, please send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly assist you.