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Certification Definitions

​​Below is a list of terms and definitions commonly used in the certification process. 

​Certified Protection Professional

logo-cpp.pngA Certified Protection Professional is an individual having been personally engaged in security or loss prevention on a full-time basis, or as a primary duty.

Experience is defined as having:

  • 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.

Responsible charge is defined as the 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. 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 the equivalent.

Professional Certified Investigator logo-pci.png

Case management is defined as the coordination and direction of an investigation utilizing various disciplines and resources, the findings of which would be assessed to establish the facts/findings of the investigation as a whole; the management process of investigation 

Investigation is defined as the logical collection of information through inquiry and examination for the purpose of developing evidence leading to problem resolution.

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Physical security is defined as the various physical measures designed to safeguard personnel, property, and information.