National Credential
Credential: Certified Protection Professional (CPP)  GI Bill resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: ASIS International

The Certified Protection Professional program (CPP) is designed for security professionals whose primary responsibilities are in security management and who have demonstrated advanced knowledge in security solutions and best business practices. It 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. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements to be accepted as a CPP candidate: Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education and have work experience of seven years of security experience, including at least three years in responsible charge of a security function. OR Complete nine years of security experience, including at least three (3) years in responsible charge of a security function. Eligibility requirements also include no prior conviction of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the security profession or on ASIS International and its certification programs. An examination is required for all applicants who meet the experience and/or education and responsible charge criteria. Candidates must pass the examination to achieve the CPP designation.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 11B Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 18B Special Forces Weapons Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 18E Special Forces Communications Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant MOS most   II      
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 31B Military Police MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 31D CID Special Agent MOS some          
Enlisted 31E Corrections and Detention Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 31K Military Working Dog Handler MOS some          
Enlisted 31Z Senior Military Police Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS other          
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 56M Religious Affairs Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted D7 Protective Services Specialist ASI most          
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI other          
Enlisted H3 Physical Security Operations ASI some          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Enlisted P7 Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) ASI most          
Enlisted R6 Special Reaction Team (SRT) Member ASI most          
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI some          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted V5 Military Police Investigation ASI some          
Warrant Officer 131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 180A Special Forces Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 311A CID Special Agent WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 350F All Source Intelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351L Counterintelligence Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 351Y Area Intelligence Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 352S Signals Collection Technician WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 9 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

ASIS International
1625 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA  22314-2882
Phone: (703) 519-6200
Fax: (703) 519-6299
Email: asis@asisonline.org

Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

Option 1: A Bachelors degree or higher and seven years of security experience, at least three years of which must include responsible charge of a security function. See the ASIS Eligibility Requirements Web page for more information.

Option 2: No degree and nine years of security experience, at least three years of which must include responsible charge of a security function. See the ASIS Eligibility Requirements Web page for more information.

The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

  • Security Principles and Practices (19%)
  • Business Principles & Practices (11%)
  • Legal Aspects (7%)
  • Personnel Security (12%)
  • Physical Security (25%)
  • Information Security (8%)
  • Crisis Management (8%)
  • Investigations (10%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Prometric. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the Prometric website:

For more information on the ASIS International testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Protection Professional (CPP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Candidates must complete 60 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits for recertification.