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Why Get Certified?

Realize Your Potential

Earning an ASIS board certification is a visible acknowledgment that you possess a mastery of core security principles and skills essential to the best practice of security management. It shows you are committed to excellence, professional growth, and a code of conduct.

Are you ready to achieve your personal and professional best?

Gain Every Advantage

More possibilities. More responsibilities. More trust.

An ASIS International certification offers limitless opportunities to advance in your career. Whether you’re new to the field or a security management veteran, you can find a credential that aligns with your objectives and raises your profile among our global community of security professionals. Our four certifications are widely recognized symbols of excellence that establish your mastery. This expertise gives you an unmatched advantage in your threat-prevention strategies—and in the marketplace.

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Associate Protection Professional (APP®)

The Associate Protection Professional (APP) designation provides the first "rung" on the security professional’s career ladder. It is for those with 1 or more years of compensated security experience and measures the professional’s knowledge of security fundamentals, business operations, risk management, and response management.

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Professional Certified Investigator (PCI®)

The Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) certification provides demonstrable proof of an individual's knowledge and experience in case management, evidence collection, and preparation of reports and testimony to substantiate findings. Requirements include 3-5 years of investigations experience, with at least two years in case management.

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Certified Protection Professional (CPP®)

The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) is considered the "gold standard" for security management professionals. This certification validates your knowledge in all areas of security management. Eligibility requirements include 5-7 years of security experience and 3 years in responsible charge of a security function.

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Physical Security Professional (PSP®)

The Physical Security Professional (PSP) demonstrates your knowledge in physical security assessments, application, design, and integration of physical security systems, and implementation of security measures. Eligibility requirements include 3-5 years of experience in the physical security field.

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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.

Real People. Real Results.

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Certification Profile: Francisco Hernandez, CPP

After retiring from the Armed Forces of Ecuador, Francisco Hernandez, CPP, entered the private security sector. With the help and encouragement of his colleagues and friends, Hernandez became and ASIS member and earned his CPP certification. Aware of how much his mentors helped him, he then went on to help others grow their careers through certification.

“I owe many of my achievements and successes in my career to ASIS,” Hernandez says.

Enjoy Personal Satisfaction and Professional Achievement

Enhance not only your career, but your confidence in your abilities by:
  • Validating your security management expertise
  • Elevating your stature in the profession
  • Gaining a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Enhancing your career and earnings potential. ASIS certificants earn an average of 20% higher salaries than those without an ASIS certification (per ASIS Certification Survey – April 2019)
  • Broadening your experience and training from law enforcement and military backgrounds

Your Employer Values Certification, Too

When you’re ASIS certified, your whole team benefits. Your current or future employer will be confident that you can:
  • Build a strong, dedicated team committed to high standards and continuing professional development
  • Promote ongoing enhancement of critical job knowledge and skills
  • Recruit the most qualified security professionals
  • Reinforce and elevate your organization’s reputation and credibility

Do you lead a security team or individual tasked with security responsibilities?
Explore the benefits of certifying your team.

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