Certification Profile: ASM Fasi Uddin, CPP, PCI, PSP
When A.S.M. Fasi Uddin was pursuing his bachelor's degree in political science and criminology at Mawlana Bhashani Science Technology University in Bangladesh, he had the opportunity to take some coursework related to crime prevention and security management, including preventive criminology and security tactics and technologies. For him, these topics opened a whole new scope of possibilities.
After completing his degree, Uddin decided to enter the security field full time, starting as a security control room officer at VFS Global. Uddin’s interest in the security industry continued to grow, and he felt the best way to progress his security career was to advance his education. Despite his aspirations, Uddin was unable to find an institution offering a professional degree in security management. Uddin shared his aspirations for further education in security with his supervisor, who introduced him to ASIS International and the opportunity for professional certification.
Uddin has found a true passion in the security industry, and he partially credits ASIS and the community he found and built there in helping him find that.
“I consider myself fortunate to have turned my passion into a profession and to be associated with a mature professional organization like ASIS,” Uddin says. “Security, for me, goes beyond being just a job; it has become an integral part of my identity and values.”
When Uddin was first introduced to ASIS International, he was not yet eligible to apply for the Certified Protection Professional (CPP Ⓡ) certification, but he knew that was the thing he wanted to work towards. While he continued to build up his security experience, Uddin also completed two master’s degrees—one in criminology and criminal justice and one in governance studies.
In 2018, Uddin had completed the seven years of experience needed to qualify for the CPP. He decided to study for and eventually earned the CPP certification.
Following his CPP certification, Uddin decided to go for the triple crown. In May 2021, Uddin earned the Professional Certified Investigator (PCIⓇ) certification, and just a year and a half later, he earned the Physical Security Professional (PSPⓇ) certification in November 2022.
“Achieving the CPP, PCI, and PSP designations provided me with in-depth knowledge and recognition in the field, making me a more competitive candidate,” Uddin says. “This credential not only boosted my confidence but also enabled me to take on roles with greater responsibilities, and they've opened doors to higher-profile opportunities and increased my earning significantly.”
Over the course of his security career and his study for his CPP certification, Uddin learned that there had been an ASIS chapter in Bangladesh, but it had become inactive due to a small membership. Uddin and some of his peers and colleagues in the security industry took the initiative to reactivate the ASIS chapter in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and successfully re-established it in 2019.
In the newly re-established Dhaka chapter, Uddin has served as the treasurer for two terms, and for one term as the ASIS Foundation liaison. Additionally, Uddin has worked to help get other security professionals certified through personal mentorship, participating in a PSP standard-setting exercise, and contributing to the PCI practice test project.
“What I've enjoyed most about these volunteer roles is the opportunity to develop a vast network within the security industry, get to know fellow professionals, and actively promote the growth and development of the security field,” Uddin says. “It's been incredibly rewarding to be part of a community dedicated to advancing best practices and standards in security.”
Currently, Uddin works as a security specialist at Chemonics International, Inc. In addition to his standard security responsibilities, Uddin is also responsible for overseeing occupational health and safety, as well as IT security management.
Uddin highlights the value of ASIS International’s learning materials, networking, and community in his security journey. Not only has ASIS helped advance his career, but his membership and community have helped add fulfillment to his professional life.
“My favorite and most valuable part of ASIS membership is the sense of community and shared dedication to advancing security,” Uddin says. “It's immensely rewarding to be part of an organization that fosters knowledge exchange and continuous improvement in the security profession.”
Emily Callahan is a communications specialist for ASIS International. Connect with her on LinkedIn here.