Since 1977, ASIS certifications have set the standard for professional excellence in the security industry. Recognized worldwide, the CPP, PCI, and PSP credentials provide objective proof of an individual's professional knowledge and experience.

ASIS certifications

  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP)® : Board Certification in Security Management
  • Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)® : Board Certification in Investigations
  • Physical Security Professional (PSP)® : Board Certification in Physical Security

Why choose an ASIS certification?

ASIS was the first organization to offer a credential specifically for security managers, and our program remains the global standard. Developed by practitioners for practitioners, ASIS board certifications provide both a technical and financial edge.

Benefits to practitioners

  • Demonstrable proof of experience and professional competence
  • Expanded professional network and opportunities to showcase your expertise at ASIS chapter events and global conferences
  • Increased salary potential – certified practitioners earn up to 24% more than noncertified professionals

Benefits to employers

  • Independent validation of an individual's knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Backing of the world's largest association for security management practitioners
  • Protection from lawsuits involving ASIS certification that arise out of an act of terrorism under the SAFETY Act Designation awarded to ASIS by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Continuing education requirements for recertification offer assurance that practitioners will remain current with best industry practices

Difference between certification and a certificate program

  • Certification has an experience and education component; certificates are for newcomers and experienced professionals alike.
  • Certification indicates mastery/competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by application or exam; a certificate indicates completion of a course or series of courses with specific focus.
  • Certification requires recertification, which ensures that the certified practitioner stays current in the field through continuing education; a certificate is the end result; may demonstrate knowledge of course content at the end of a set period of time.
  • Certification results in an earned designation to use after one's name (i.e. CPA, CPP, CAE); a certificate is usually listed on a resume detailing education; may result in a document to hang on the wall.


ASIS board certifications are ANSI accredited, which ensures a high threshold of qualifications and rigor have been met when a practitioner earns their CPP, PCI, and PSP credentials.