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ASIS News March 2016


ASIS International’s three board certifi­cations—Certified Protection Professional® (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator®  (PCI), and Physical Security Professional® (PSP)—are recognized under The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 16 NDAA), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on November 25, 2015.

FY 16 NDAA stipulates that any credentialing program used by military activities of the Department of Defense, military construction, or the national security programs of the Department of Energy have third-party accreditation and be audited. For more than seven years, ASIS certification programs have been in compliance with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, a voluntary international standard for organizations responsible for the certification of persons. ASIS board certifications are the global standard for security practitioners worldwide.

“Since the introduction of the CPP certification in 1977, ASIS has upheld its credentials to the highest, most rigorous standards of professionalism. Our certifications provide objective proof of professional knowledge and experience and are acknowledged as the global standard for practitioners worldwide,” states Greg Hurd, CPP, president of the ASIS Professional Certification Board. “The passage of the FY 16 NDAA now recognizes the credibility and value of our certifications and further assures consistency in credentialing for U.S. military and security personnel. We’re proud of this important milestone.”

More information on ASIS’s certifications can be found at The full text of the bill is available online at​


The ASIS International Transitions Ad Hoc Council (TAHC) Scholarship provides an opportunity for ASIS members who actively serve in law enforcement to pursue ASIS board certification. Scholarships cover the expenses of application, preparation (online review), and testing for the CPP, PCI, or PSP credential.

Funding for professional certification is not provided by most law enforcement agencies or departments worldwide. As a result, many law enforcement members must personally cover the expenses of certification, including cost of the application, preparation, and exam expenses, which can be a financial burden.

Together, the ASIS Foundation and the Transitions Council seek to provide the means for men and women within law enforcement around the world to greatly enhance their professional development in the security profession. 

Eligibility. To be eligible for this schol­arship, applicants must be an active-duty law officer serving at the local, state, provincial, federal, or national level. Law enforcement personnel of any nation around the world are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be ASIS members in good standing. They must meet the professional and educational requirements of the ASIS board certification which they seek to achieve.

Application process. Those interested in applying for the scholarship may do so between March 1 and April 15. The application can be downloaded from the ASIS Foundation tab at  Completed applications may be e-mailed to ASIS Foundation Director Barbara Buzzell at [email protected], or mailed to her at ASIS International, 1625 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

The application packet should include the completed award application indicating the designation that the applicant wishes to earn, as well as a nomi­nation letter signed by a department or agency chief or director. The letter should high­light the applicant’s mission, duty accomplishments, self-improvement efforts, and community involvement or leadership. The letter should not exceed two pages in length and must be written in English.

The application packet should also include a written essay discussing the applicant’s motivation for pursuing ASIS board certification. The essay should not exceed one double-spaced typed page. It must be written in English using a 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font.