Certified Protection
Professional (CPP)


Why Apply for the CPP?

The Certified Protection Professional (CPPⓇ) is considered the “gold standard” certification for security management professionals and demonstrates your knowledge and competency in seven key domains of security. Globally recognized as the standard of excellence for security management professionals.

What's in the Exam?

The CPP exam consists of 200 scored multiple-choice questions and may contain 25 randomly distributed pre-test (unscored) questions for a total of up to 225 questions. The four hours allowed takes into consideration the review of pre-test items.

The exam covers tasks, knowledge, and skills in seven broad domains that have been identified by CPPs as the major areas involved in security management.



Seven (7) years of security experience*, at least three (3) years of which shall have been in responsible charge* of a security function


Five (5) to six (6) years of security management experience depending on education level achieved and three (3) years of responsible charge of a security function.


*Definitions for these terms can be found in the Certification Handbook.

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

We encourage candidates to refer to the below reference materials as you prepare for the CPP certification exam. Our item writers and reviewers use these same materials to reference the correct answers on our exams. 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 memorise these reference sets.

Protection of Assets (POA)

POA is a comprehensive reference covering a range of technical and managerial subjects providing the solutions necessary to meet the security demands of the 21st century.

ASIS Standards & Guidelines

ASIS Standards set forth industry-recommended best practices on specific concerns inherent to the security industry and provide tools and processes for implementation. Along with POA, these seven standards and guidelines make up the CPP reference set. Standards: CSO, ORM.1, WVPI.1; Guidelines: PAP, GSRA, IAP, PBS.

CPP Practice Exam

The CPP practice exam contains items that once appeared on the actual certification exams but are now retired. Use the practice exam to familiarize yourself with how exam items will appear on the current exam(s).

Study Resources

ASIS offers certification review courses to help you study for your exam:
The CPP Study Manual explores the seven domains of the CPP 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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