Certificate Programs

ASIS certificate programs focus on career development and also meet the learning needs of young professionals and those new to security management. Students must complete requirements outlined for a particular certificate and demonstrate proficiency through an assessment process. The certificate programs may require students to complete several learning modules such as selected reading, participation in the classroom, or online learning activities. ASIS assesses proficiency through online testing and will track official records of certificate holders.

The following certificate programs are currently offered

  • Executive Protection
  • ASIS Assets Protection Course (TM): Principles of Security

Under development

Physical Security
  • Risk, Threat, and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Insider Threat

Corporate Investigations

  • The Investigative Interviewing Method
  • Corporate Investigations: How to Conduct Proper and Effective Internal Investigations
Assets Protection
  • ASIS Assets Protection Course (TM): Practical Applications


What is the difference between ASIS “certification” and “certificates”?

  • The CPP, PCI, and PSP board certifications—recognized worldwide as the standards for professional competency—denote mastery of a body of knowledge, as well as a minimum number of years of experience. Maintaining certification requires ongoing learning.
  • Certificates are similar to passing a specific course at a college or university. A certificate shows an individual has successfully met a series of requirements around a subject.

Why does the industry need certificates?

  • A certificate can be ideal for young professionals who want to demonstrate knowledge in a particular subject. 
  • Earning a certificate demonstrates a certain level of seriousness, dedication, and commitment to the security profession.
  • Certificates can form the foundation for a relevant ASIS board certification.
  • The expanding role of security professionals requires talents from many professional areas outside of security. Certificates are evidence of knowledge around a given topic area. As an example, an engineer may use a physical security certificate to show knowledge of designing technology for security situations.
  • Professionals new to the security field may require evidence of knowledge in order to apply for a security position. Certificates provide this evidence of knowledge.

What is the value of an ASIS certificate?

  • The ASIS certificate program is in line with certificates you would receive from a college or university.  The rigors of the certificates vary depending on subject area.  

What will I need to do to get a certificate?

  • Each certificate has its own attendance criteria. All certificates require successful completion of a test. 
  • Classroom courses are a common way to meet the requirements for most of the certificates. Additional reading or other requirements may be mandated before being eligible for testing.
  • In some cases, work experience or previous course work is required.

Can I take the test without the course work?

  • No.  Certificates require participation in relevant programs. Evidence of learning is through participation in coursework; testing is the measure of knowledge. 

When will the certificates be available?

  • In December 2013 ASIS launched the first certificate program: Executive Protection.
  • In 2014, ASIS will launch ASIS Assets Protection Course (TM): Principles of Security

Will there be a charge for the certificates?

  • There will be the traditional classroom and course material fees. Individuals who wish to pursue a certificate pay $75 for the testing and evaluation service. 

Can I earn CPEs for the courses I take for a certificate?

  • Yes.