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Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ)

New Online Certification Portal

ASIS has launched our new certification portal, which provides a more user-friendly experience for both exam applicants and those recertifying.

ASIS members and those who have applied for or taken an ASIS certification exam, already have a login to the new portal. Those new to ASIS should follow the prompts to set up your account.

IMPORTANT: Please click the Calculate Hours button before adding new CPE credits in order to ensure your CPE total hours are correct. 

Becoming a Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ)

Why Apply for the PSP?

The Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ) credential demonstrates your knowledge in physical security assessments, application, design, and integration of physical security systems, and implementation of security measures.

What's on the Exam?

The PSP exam consists of 125 scored multiple-choice questions and may also contain 15 randomly distributed pre-test (unscored) questions for a total of up to 140 questions. The 2.5 hours allowed takes into consideration review of pre-test items.

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

Price

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

Eligibility

Four years of progressive experience in the physical security* field.

AND

Bachelor degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education

OR

Six years of progressive experience in the physical security* field

AND

A high school diploma, GED equivalent, or associate degree

AND

  • 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 PSP Exam

Reference Material

We encourage candidates to refer to the below reference materials as you prepare for the PSP 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. 

Physical Security Principles
Implementing Physical Protection Systems: A Practical Guide, 2nd Ed
2-Book Bundle (Physical Security Principles & Implementing Physical Protection Systems)
ASIS Business Continuity Guideline: A Practical Approach
ASIS Facilities Physical Security Measures Guideline

Practice Exam

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).​

Meet a PSP

"That certification turned my career around. I have the credibility and skills that go beyond 'that security guy.' I am able to speak with clients, present at conferences, and perform my functions with a high level of confidence." – Jay (Chuck) McCormick, PSP

Jay (Chuck) McCormick, PSP, has pursued many facets of security integration and assumed many roles in security management. He says continuous learning, certification, and a great mentor were important factors in his upward career trajectory.

Taking the exam

Ready for exam day?

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

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