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Since 1977, ASIS security certifications have set the standard for professional excellence. Recognized worldwide, the CPP, PCI, and PSP credentials provide objective proof of professional knowledge and experience. 

ASIS security certifications

Download the ASIS Board Certifications handbook (PDF)

Benefits to Public Sector Security Professionals

For government, military, or law enforcement professionals, ASIS certifications provide a way to validate your security knowledge and experience, as well as better position yourself for a career in security management. Learn more about the benefits of certification.

Why choose an ASIS certification?

ASIS was the first organization to offer a credential specifically for security managers, and our program remains the global standard.

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, ASIS board certifications provide both a technical and financial edge. Learn why ASIS certifications are the top choice for security professionals.

 Benefits to practitioners
  • Demonstrable proof of experience and professional competence

  • Expanded professional network and opportunities to showcase your expertise at ASIS chapter events and global conferences

  • Increased salary potential – certified practitioners earn up to 24% more than noncertified professionals

Benefits to employers
  • Independent validation of an individual's knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Backing of the world's largest association for security management practitioners

  • Protection from lawsuits involving ASIS certification that arise out of an act of terrorism under the SAFETY Act Designation awarded to ASIS by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Continuing education requirements for recertification offer assurance that practitioners will remain current with best industry practices

Difference between certification and a certificate program
  • Certification has an experience and education component; certificates are for all skill levels.

  • Certification indicates mastery/competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by application or exam; a certificate indicates completion of a course or series of courses with specific focus.

  • Certification requires recertification, which ensures that the certified practitioner stays current in the field through continuing education; a certificate is the end result; may demonstrate knowledge of course content at the end of a set period of time.

  • Certification results in an earned designation to use after one's name (i.e. CPA, CPP, CAE); a certificate is usually listed on a resume detailing education; may result in a document to hang on the wall.

ASIS board certifications are ANSI accredited, which ensures a high threshold of qualifications and rigor have been met when a practitioner earns their CPP, PCI, and PSP credentials.

Statement of Impartiality
The ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB) and certification staff understand the importance of impartiality and conflicts in the management of certification activities.  When undertaking dealings with members and non-members, all involved in the certification process will maintain a high level of ethical conduct and avoid conflicts of interest in connection with the performance of their duties. 

There shall be an avoidance of any actions and or commitments that might create the appearance of:

  • Using positions for personal gain
  • Giving improper preferential treatment
  • Impeding efficiency
  • Losing independence or impartiality
  • Affecting adversely the confidence of ASIS constituents in the integrity of certification operations.

The PCB and certification staff will ensure that in its dealings with constituents that they are and will remain impartial. 


The American Council on Education (ACE) has reviewed ASIS International Certifications for college credit equivalency recommendations. Click the logo above to see credit recommendations for ASIS Certification.

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