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Physical Security Professional (PSP®)

Achieve Your Professional Best

Physical security assessments, designs, applications, implementations, and integrations—the Physical Security Professional (PSP®) certification shows your mastery of them all. By earning the PSP, you’ll have the knowledge to stay ahead of physical security threats and safeguard your organization. Start your certification journey today.

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Confirm Your Expertise

Your organization knows you’re the expert on physical security—earn the credential that lets the world know it, too. The PSP certification elevates your status, and your competitive advantage, in this all-important field. You are seen and acknowledged for exceptional skill in protecting your organization’s assets—its people, property, and information. Earning this credential isn’t just a significant professional accomplishment—it’s an international symbol of excellence that reinforces your credibility.

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.

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PSP Eligibility Requirements

The Physical Security Professional certification is designed for individuals with three to five years of relevant physical security 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 PSP Designation?

Need a few more great reasons to start your application?
  • Validate your physical 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 PSP Exam

What's on the Exam?

The PSP exam consists of 125 scored and 15 unscored multiple-choice questions. The exam covers tasks, knowledge and skills across three broad domains: Physical security assessment, Application, design, and integration of physical security systems, Implementation of physical security measures. Explore the reference materials and study resources below designed specifically for the PSP as you begin your preparation.

Reference Material

We encourage candidates to use these reference materials as you prepare for the PSP 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): Physical Security is the essential sourcebook for the physical security professional.

Softcover | eBook

The PSP Reference set contains the POA - Physical Security, Implementing Physical Protection Systems – A Practical Field, 3rd Edition, the Physical Asset Protection Standard, and the Business Continuity Management Guideline.

Softcovers | eBooks

Implementing Physical Protection Systems: A Practical Guide, 3rd Ed

Softcover | eBook
Spanish softcover

Business Continuity Guideline: A Practical Approach

Softcover | eBook (eBook free for members)

Physical Asset Protection Standard

Softcover | eBook (eBook free for members)

The PSP 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 PSP Study Guide provides an overview of physical security, plus an outline of the recommended reference material.

Softcover | eBook

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

Print | Digital

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

PSP Practice Test

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

Additional Certification Resources