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ASIS International Announces Three Board Certifications Recommended for College Credit by American Council on Education

Alexandria, Va. 2015-10-08

ASIS International (ASIS), today announced that the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for its three board certifications─Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Physical Security Professional (PSP). ACE, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

“This is an important milestone that effectively bridges the gap between non-traditional adult learning and a career path for those who have attained or are pursuing ASIS certifications,” said ASIS Professional Certification Board President Keith L. Kambic, CPP. “An evaluation and recommendation of ASIS exams for college credit provides a reliable and appropriate means for comparisons of competencies as they relate to respective degree programs.  In addition, certificants may shorten their path to degree completion and have more opportunities for workplace advancement.”

ACE CREDIT has recommended the following guidelines for ASIS board certificants:

The CPP exam is recommended for a total of 18 semester hours in the graduate degree category as follows: 3 semester hours in global security management; 3 in risk management; 3 in threat and risk management; 3 in security principles and security theory; 3 in information security and risk management; and 3 in organizational continuity.

The PCI exam is recommended for a total 6 semester hours in the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category as follows: 3 semester hours in crime investigation or social work; 3 in information gathering and case management.

The PSP exam is recommended for a total of 9 semester hours in the upper-division baccalaureate degree category as follows: 3 semester hours in physical security systems; 3 in internship or applied learning in safety, security, or law enforcement; and 3 in risk and threat vulnerability and assessment or safety, security, and crisis administration.

ACE CREDIT helps adults gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability of coursework and examination results to their courses and degree programs.

For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at

ASIS offers a total of three board certifications that have been recommended for college credit by ACE CREDIT. For a complete listing of these certifications, go online.

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About ASIS International
ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of security professionals at all levels.

Through hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS develops and delivers board certifications and industry standards, hosts networking opportunities, publishes the award-winning Security Management magazine, and offers educational programs, including the Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the security industry's most influential event. Whether providing thought leadership through the CSO Roundtable for the industry's most senior executives or advocating before business, government, or the media, ASIS is focused on advancing the profession, and ensuring that the security community has access to intelligence, resources, and technology needed within the business enterprise.  

About ACE
Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents and more than 200 related associations nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.