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Certified Protection Professional (CPP)Ⓡ

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Why Apply for the CPP?

The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) is considered the “gold standard” certification for security management professionals and demonstrates your knowledge and competency in seven key domains of security. Globally recognized as the standard of excellence for security management professionals.

What's on the Exam?

The CPP exam consists of 200 scored multiple-choice questions and may contain 25 randomly distributed pre-test (unscored) questions for a total of up to 225 questions. The four hours allowed takes into consideration the review of pre-test items.

The exam covers tasks, knowledge, and skills in seven broad domains that have been identified by CPPs as the major areas involved in security management. 


  • $300 ASIS members
  • $450 nonmembers
  • Retake fee: $200


Nine (9) years of security experience*, at least three (3) years of which shall have been in responsible charge* of a security function


Earned a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and have seven (7) years of security experience*, at least three (3) years of which shall have been in responsible charge* of a security function.


  • Be employed full-time in a security-related organization
  • Not have been convicted of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the security profession, ASIS, or the certification program
  • Sign and agree to abide by the ASIS Certification Code of Conduct
  • Agree to abide by the policies of the ASIS Certification programs as outlined in the Certification Handbook.

*Definitions for these terms can be found in the Certification Handbook.

Getting Started

Certification Handbook

Review all the policies and procedures you’ll need to follow to apply, study, and sit for each exam, including familiarizing yourself with the exam contents for each program. 

Self-Assessment Guide

Assess your readiness for each of the certification programs. Use this tool to help you decide which exam is right for you and to set your study plans.

Preparing for the CPP Exam

Reference Material

We encourage candidates to refer to the below reference materials as you prepare for the CPP certification exam. Our item writers and reviewers use these same materials to reference the correct answers on our exams. Remember: the ASIS exams are experienced-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. 

Protection of Assets (POA)
POA is a comprehensive reference covering a range of technical and managerial subjects providing the solutions necessary to meet the security demands of the 21st century.
ASIS Standards & Guidelines
ASIS Standards set forth industry-recommended best practices on specific concerns inherent to the security industry and provide tools and processes for implementation. Along with POA, these seven standards and guidelines make up the CPP reference set. Standards: CSO, ORM.1, WVPI.1; Guidelines: FPSM, GSRA, IAP, PBS.

Practice Exam

The CPP practice exam contains items that once appeared on the actual certification exams but are now retired.

Use the practice exam to familiarize yourself with how exam items will appear on the current exam(s).​

Meet a CPP

"I have found security to be the coolest and greatest industry on the planet." - Darin Dillon, CPP

He admits that he got into the security field by mistake. Thirty-five years ago, Darin Dillon, CPP, replied to a classified ad in his local newspaper and landed a job as an installation and service specialist with Rollins Protective Services. That position became the basis of his employment master plan.

Taking the exam

Ready for exam day?

Get details on taking the exam, including check-in procedures, weather emergencies, and getting your results.