Associate Protection
Professional (APP)


Why Apply for the APP?

ASIS developed this certification program to provide the first “rung” on the security manager’s career ladder. It is intended for those with one to four years of security management experience. Earning the APP will show your colleagues and supervisor that you have mastered the four domains of this APP:
  1. Security Fundamentals
  2. Business Operations
  3. Risk Management
  4. Response Management

What's in the Exam?

The APP examination consists of 100 scored multiple-choice questions and may also contain 25 randomly distributed pre-test (unscored) questions for a total of up to 125 questions. The exam is 2 hours long and takes into consideration the review of pre-test items.

The exam covers tasks, knowledge, and skills in four primary domains that have been identified by experienced security professionals as required areas of competency in this field.



Security Management Experience* Education
One year Master’s degree (or international equivalent)
Two years Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent)
Three years No higher education degree
*Security Management experience is defined as the individual having been personally engaged in security or loss prevention on a full-time basis, or as a primary duty. Included is:
The chart below shows how the eligibility requirements would be altered for those holding the new APP designation.
CPP With Masters With Bachelors No Degree
Current Experience Requirements 5 years 6 years 7 years
With an APP 4 years 5 years 6 years
PCI With Masters vWith Bachelors No Degree
Current Experience Requirements 3 years 4 years 5 years
With an APP 3 years 3 years 4 years
PSP With Masters vWith Bachelors No Degree
Current Experience Requirements 3 years 4 years 5 years
With an APP 3 years 3 years 4 years

Getting Started

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.

Self-Assessment Guide

Assess your readiness for each of the certification programs. Use this tool to help you decide which exam is right for you and to set your study plans.


Reference Material

The publications listed below comprise the recommended APP reference materials, which include five Standards and three volumes from the ASIS Protection of Assets. Remember: the ASIS exams are experienced-based; therefore, you will need to apply your own experience to help you answer the questions correctly. Please don’t attempt to memorize these reference sets.
ASIS offers the following individually or in bundles.

Five Standards

Protection of Assets Volumes

ASIS offers three pricing bundles for the APP:

Study Resources

ASIS offers certification review courses to help you study for your exam:
The APP Study Manual explores the four domains of the APP and their associated tasks, explains key concepts and terms, and presents information about studying for the exam.
Flash Cards are a simple, yet comprehensive tool to help you identify key terms, understand critical concepts, and recall facts. Available in print or digital.
Many ASIS Chapters also offer study groups. Contact the ASIS Chapter in your area for more information.


Reaching Your Career Potential: Why ASIS Certifications Are a Vital Professional Investment
Listen to this free, on-demand webinar to learn more about ASIS certifications. We’ll explain each of these programs—including which program is right for you—how to apply for the exams, study tips, and why employers hire those with these designations. Plus, we’ll give you the answers to our most frequently asked questions to set you up for success!

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