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Steps to Certification

Follow the Path to Success

When you earn an ASIS board certification, you have a visible acknowledgment of 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.

Step 1: Choose a Certification

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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Associate Protection Professional (APP)
The Associate Protection Professional (APP) designation provides the first "rung" on the security manager's career ladder. It is for those with 1-3 years of security management experience and measures the professional’s knowledge of security management fundamentals, business operations, risk management, and response management.

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*The APP Certification was supported in part by a grant from the ASIS Foundation.

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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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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Step 2: Read the Handbook

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.

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Manual de Certificacion

Step 3: Apply for Certification

You've made the right decision to let ASIS help you reach your career goals and reach new heights in professional excellence. To make the application process quick and easy, have the following items handy prior to starting.

  1. Resume and an unofficial copy of your university transcript (if applicable)
  2. Names and contact information for three references who can verify your work experience
  3. Name of supervisor who can verify your employment
  4. Payment for the application and exam fees


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Step 4: The Exam


Your application was approved.

  • Schedule your Exam
    ASIS exams are offered year-round at Prometric test centers or on your own computer using Prometric’s ProProctor remote proctoring tool. You may schedule your exam online (preferred) or by phone. Once ASIS approves your application, you will receive an email with instructions to schedule your exam.

  • Prepare and Study
    We encourage candidates to refer to our recommended reading materials when studying for the exam. We also offer both classroom and online review courses. 

  • Take the Exam
    Learn what to expect on exam day and when you will receive your results.


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