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Certified Protection Professional (CPP®)

Exemplify Excellence

Earning the Certified Protection Professional (CPP®) credential isn’t the end of your achievement—it’s only the beginning. The internationally recognized and respected “gold standard” in security management expands your career potential like nothing else. Translate your expertise into a competitive advantage today.


Rise to the Top

The CPP certification confirms the all-around expertise you’ve acquired after at least five years’ experience in the security management field and three years of responsible charge. With a CPP, you gain added credibility in your decision-making because you are fluent in security best practices. You show consummate leadership that draws on your well-rounded expertise. And you possess confidence in conversations with senior leadership, clients, and team members. No matter your role or goal, the CPP helps you fulfill your aspirations and moves you ahead in security management.

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

CPP Eligibility Requirements

The Certified Protection Professional certification is designed for senior-level security managers with five to seven years of related experience, with at least three years in responsible charge of a security function.

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 CPP 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 CPP Exam

What's on the Exam?

The CPP exam consists of 200 scored and 25 unscored multiple-choice questions. The exam covers tasks, knowledge and skills across seven broad domains: Security principles and practices, Business principles and practices, Investigations, Personnel security, Physical security, Information security, Crisis management. Explore the reference materials and study resources below designed specifically for the CPP as you begin your preparation.

Reference Material

We encourage candidates to use these reference materials as you prepare for the CPP certification exam. Our item writers and reviewers use these materials to determine the correct answers on our exams. Note: the ASIS exams are experience-based; therefore, you will need to apply your own experience to answer the questions correctly. Please don’t attempt to memorize these reference sets.

Protection of Assets (POA) is a comprehensive reference covering a range of technical and managerial subjects providing the solutions necessary to meet current security demands.

Softcover | eBook

ASIS Standards & Guidelines 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, SRA-2024, WVPI.1; Guidelines: PAP, IAP, PBS.

Softcovers | eBooks | eBook Bundle (eBooks free for members)

CPP Standards and Guidelines softcover bundle | eBook

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).​

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Study Resources

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

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The CPP Study Manual explores the seven domains of the CPP 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

The CPP Practice Test is intended to provide individuals with a sample of the type of questions that will be asked in the CPP certification exam.

CPP Practice Test

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

Additional Certification Resources