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Associate Protection Professional (APP®)

Make the Smart Move

Where do you want to go in your security career? The Associate Protection Professional (APP®) certification will help you get there. This globally recognized designation from ASIS International opens new pathways for professionals who have recently entered the security field. Get started today.


Ready to Launch?

Whether you’ve recently obtained your degree or made the switch from an entirely different sector, the APP certification is your first step in advancing your security career. This designation, which you can earn with only a year of applicable experience, shows hiring managers that you have an assured grasp of the fundamental security skills you need to level up your career. Build confidence in your security skills and knowledge—earn your APP credential now.

Watch this video to learn more about each certification and what you need to get started – and check out our step-by-step application guide.

Get Started on Your Application

APP Eligibility Requirements

The Associate Protection Professional certification is designed for entry-level security professionals with one or more years of related, compensated experience.

Additional requirements include:
  • Full-time employment in a security-related role
  • Have not been convicted of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the security profession, ASIS, or the certification program
  • Willingness to sign and agree to abide by the ASIS Certification Code of Conduct
  • Willingness to agree to abide by the policies of the ASIS Certification programs as outlined in the Certification Handbook

Why Earn the APP Designation?

Need a few more great reasons to start your application?
  • Validate your security expertise
  • Gain global recognition by your peers and the industry
  • Get a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Enhance your career and earnings potential
  • Enjoy personal satisfaction and professional achievement

Certification Handbook

Review the Certification Handbook (descargar en español) for more details on policies, procedures, eligibility requirements, testing options (test center or remotely proctored exams), and fees for the ASIS certification program. It also contains the domains, tasks, and knowledge statements for all four of our certifications.

Preparing for the APP Exam

What's on the Exam?

The APP exam consists of 100 scored and 25 unscored multiple-choice questions. The exam covers tasks, knowledge and skills across four broad domains: Security fundamentals, Risk management, Business operations, Response management. Explore the reference materials and study resources below designed specifically for the APP as you begin your preparation.

Reference Material

We encourage candidates to use these reference materials as you prepare for the APP certification exam. The publications listed below comprise the recommended APP reference materials, which include five Standards and three volumes from the ASIS Protection of Assets. Remember: the ASIS exams are experience-based; therefore, you will need to apply your own experience to help you answer the questions correctly. Please don’t attempt to memorize these reference sets.

ASIS offers the following individually or in bundles.

Five Standards
  • Physical Asset Protection Standard (ASIS PAP-2021) Softcover | eBook (eBooks free for members)
  • Security and Resilience in Organizations and their​ Supply Chains - Requirements with Guidance Softcover | eBook (eBooks free for members)
  • Investigations Softcover | eBook (eBooks free for members)
  • Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention Standard (ASIS WVPI AA-2020) Softcover | eBook (eBooks free for members)
  • Security Risk Assessment (ASIS SRA-2024) Softcover | eBook (eBooks free for members)
Protection of Assets Volumes
ASIS offers two pricing bundles for the APP:

Study Resources

ASIS offers certification review courses to help you study for your exam:

Find review courses

The APP Study Manual explores the four domains of the APP and their associated tasks, explains key concepts and terms, and presents information about studying for the exam.

Softcover | eBook

Flash Cards are a simple, yet comprehensive tool to help you identify key terms, understand critical concepts, and recall facts. Available in print or digital.

Print | Digital

Many ASIS Chapters also offer study groups. Contact the ASIS Chapter in your area for more information.

Additional Certification Resources