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CPP Certification

What does "Board Certified in Security Management Mean?
Why should you become a CPP?
Why Should you hire a CPP?
How to Promote your CPP.


Professional Development

For years the world has recognized a need for competent professionals who can effectively manage complex security issues that threaten people and the assets of corporations, governments, and public and private institutions. As the emphasis on protecting people, property, and information increases, it has strengthened the demand for professional managers. To meet these needs, the ASIS International administers the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) program. 

More than 8,000 professionals have earned the designation of CPP. This group of professionals has demonstrated its competency in the areas of security solutions and best-business practices through an intensive qualification and testing program. As a result, these men and women have been awarded the coveted designation of CPP, and are recognized as proven leaders in their profession. 

The CPP designation identifies professionals as dedicated to the security profession and recognizes their ability to perform to exemplary standards. Ask a Certified Protection Professional "why?" and they'll tell you that the certification process is one of the single most important steps you can make in career development. What does certification mean to you? 

A.  The CPP demonstrates your commitment to the profession. 
B. The CPP establishes professional credentials. 
C. The CPP prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities. 
D. The CPP improves skills and knowledge. 
E. The CPP improves career opportunities and advancement. 
F. The CPP provides for greater earnings potential.
G. The CPP offers greater professional recognition from peers. 
H. The CPP enhances the profession's image.
I. The CPP reflects achievement 

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CPP Benefits

What Does "Board Certified in Security Management" Mean?


Throughout the world, the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is acknowledged as the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners. It is awarded based on experience and passage of an examination that provides an objective measure of an individual's broad-based knowledge and competency in security management.

Low awareness, particularly among non-security professionals, has been a challenge since the certification program was established in 1977. Past marketing efforts, which had limited success, focused on explaining the significance of the designation to chief operating officers and human resource managers.

What Inspired the Change to "Board Certified in Security Management"?

Other groups with professional certifications establish instant credibility by referring to themselves as "board certified." For example, most people do not know what the initials mean after a doctor's name, but they are comfortable once they understand the physician is board certified in a particular specialty. This clear communication subsequently translates into confidence in the individual's abilities. Other certification programs outside the medical profession also use the "board certified" terminology.


The objectives of including the "Board Certified in Security Management" language are two-fold:

• Establish a clear and consistent brand identification for the CPP credential by including the tagline, "Board Certified in Security Management." "Board Certified" is readily understood by most individuals, given familiarity already established by other professions; "in Security Management" indicates a higher level of business acumen than does "Certified Protection Professional," as those three words alone do not express the level of competence that a CPP has achieved.

• Ensure that "Board Certified" and "Board Certified in Security Management" do not replace CPP or Certified Protection Professional when mentioning the designation, but rather, they are used to support and explain the designation.

What is Being Done to Promote the Enhanced CPP Designation?

Various materials have been developed and will be made available to CPPs to help them promote the credential at the grassroots level. They will be available both in hard copy format and online in the CPP segment of www.asisonline.org. In addition, the brand recognition of the CPP designation should be increased simply by virtue of the fact that the logo itself now provides an explanation of the meaning of "Certified Protection Professional."


Why should you become a CPP?

ASIS surveyed all current CPPs as of August 2001 to determine why they made the decision to earn the CPP designation. Of the 850 respondents, the following reasons were cited:

      1.      Personal satisfaction/motivation......................................48%

      2.      Greater job opportunities/flexibility...................................17%

      3.      Opens doors professionally.............................................17%

      4.      Peer acceptance/recognition...........................................13%

      5.      Military/law enforcement background-needed transition........2%

      6.      To pursue ASIS leadership opportunities.............................1%


Why Should you hire a CPP?

ASIS surveyed all current CPPs as of August 2001 to determine why they would hire an employee with a CPP designation. Of the 850 respondents, the following are the top five reasons that were cited:

      1.      Certification demonstrates evidence of professional competence.......29%

      2.      Certification demonstrates commitment to the security.....................20%
               management profession

      3.      Certification demonstrates self-motivation........................................19%

      4.      Certification demonstrates comprehension of the security.................15%
               management body of knowledge

      5.       Certification demonstrates high professional standards....................11%


How to Promote your CPP.

The list below cites examples of situations in which you should use the CPP credential. If you have suggestions of your own that are not included here, please send them to the CPP program office at ASIS so we can broaden this list.

•Signature on all official business correspondence, i.e., John Doe, CPP.

• Business card (including explanation of the CPP designation on the back).

•Corporate photo ID.

• Resume (see sample resume language).

• Articles and/or photographs of you in company and/or professional publications, articles bylined by you, lists of speakers at professional conferences and other speaking engagements.

• Depositions.

• Proposals for projects (A brief synopsis of what the CPP means and what is required to get the certification sets you apart from others as being an expert in the profession).

• Include "CPP required" or "CPP preferred" when submitting requirements for security positions in your company and/or writing job descriptions.

Get the credential out there, so that others will realize its value. Also be sure to include the 'Board Certified in Security Management" tagline, thereby easing the explanation process.