Security consultants and system designers are confronted with a wide array of certification options in both the physical and the IT worlds. While the certifications listed on this page do not from an exhaustive list, they represent a grouping of recognized credentials, the attainment of any of which speak to an individual's commitment to personal growth and knowledge. These certifications are not manufacturer specific.
Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
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 program.
ASIS CPP Information
Physical Security Professional (PSP)
The physical security examination is targeted to security professionals whose primary responsibility is to conduct threat surveys; design integrated security systems that include equipment, procedures, and people; or install, operate, and maintain those systems. The test consists of multiple-choice questions covering tasks, knowledge, and skills in (a)Physical Security Assessment; (b) Application, Design and Integration of Physical Security Systems, and (c) Implementation of Physical Security Measures.
ASIS PSP Information
Electronic Safety and Security (ESS)
The convergence of security systems like access control and surveillance onto the network places much of the responsibility for future security designs into the hands of information technology systems (ITS) professionals. ESS Designer candidates are tested on their ability to understand and apply a vast collection of ESS technology and design information. Those awarded the ESS designation will demonstrate knowledge in principles of security; ESS design process; access control; surveillance systems; intrusion detection systems; fire detection and alarm systems; notification, communication and display devices; special systems; network security; ESS system integration; project management, and; systems operation and commissioning
BICSI ESS Information
Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)
A Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD® ) is an individual who has demonstrated knowledge in the design, integration and implementation of telecommunications and data communications transport systems and related infrastructure. These individuals are uniquely positioned to create the detailed design of a new system and/or integrate design into an existing structure. The RCDD is one of the highest design credentials in the information technology systems (ITS) industry, recognized worldwide.
BICSI RCDD Information
Construction Documents Technologist (CDT)
CSI’s CDT program has provided foundation training in construction documentation for architects, contractors, contract administrators, specifiers, and manufacturers’ representatives for decades. As the cornerstone of CSI's certification program, it's also prerequisite to CSI’s advanced certification exams: Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), or Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) certification.
CSI CDT Information
Certified Construction Contract Administration (CCCA)
CSI’s Certified Construction Contract Administration (CCCA) certification teaches you to develop, administer and enforce construction documentation. People who pass the CCCA exam have proven their skill in: (a) Quality assurance and quality control; (b) Bidding and negotiating procedures; (c) Construction observation and inspection; (d) Division 01, General and Supplemental Conditions, agreements, and: (e) all other documents related to the project v. Enforcement and liability
CSI CCPA Information
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)
A CSI Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) is a skilled product researcher who knows how to investigate and identify cost-effective, efficient solutions, and then communicate those solutions through the specifications. A CCS:
- Understands, in depth, agreements, conditions of the contract, Division 01, and their relationships to specifications
- Possesses advanced skills in specification development and is enabled to use specwriting software more effectively
- Understands how to research and source products
CSI CCS Information
Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR)
A Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) is a valued resource called upon by the design team again and again. A CCPR understands how to:
- Make sales calls,presentations,construction meetings,and product shows more effective
- Key parts of product binders and other marketing collateral
- Roles and responsibilities of everyone involved in the project, and How and when to communicate with them
- All phases of the construction documentation and their role in each phase
- How to speak the same language as the design and contractor teams
CSI CCPR Information
Electronic Security Networking Technician (ESNT)
Training for the Electronic Security Networking Technician (ESNT) certification is a 2-day ~123~nuts and bolts~123~ program teaching the basics of IP network fundamentals applied to physical security. This course provides lecture, demonstration, and hands-on training in all aspects of IP physical security devices. Students learn how to program, connect, install, and troubleshoot IP cameras, access control, intercoms, and other devices. While many IT certifications deal with in-depth elements of networking, the ESNT is a first-level program specifically for physical security technicians and sales personnel. The program emphasizes hands-on, practical security-related applications. Students will receive all training necessary to successfully complete the ESNT certification written test, which is administered at the end of the training class.
ETA ESNT Information
Certified Security Consultant (CSC)
The International Association of Professional Security Consultants has created the Certified Security Consultant℠ designation for professional, independent security consultants. The CSC℠ demonstrates depth of knowledge, professional objectivity, skills as a security consultant, and level of integrity. In keeping with the professionalism of the IAPSC, the CSC℠ qualifications are designed to screen out product-affiliated salesman who call themselves security consultants. The CSC℠ requires a combination of experience and education, as well as independence (professional objectivity) and adherence to a Professional Code of Ethics.
IAPSC CSC Information
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
A CISSP is an information assurance professional who defines the architecture, design, management and/or controls that assure the security of business environments. The vast breadth of knowledge and the experience it takes to pass the exam is what sets the CISSP apart. The credential demonstrates a globally recognized standard of competence provided by the (ISC)²® CBK which covers critical topics in security today, including cloud computing, mobile security, application development security, risk management and more. The CISSP was the first credential in the field of information security to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024. CISSP certification is not only an objective measure of excellence, but a also globally recognized standard of achievement.
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Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM)
The Certified Security Project Manager course meets the ~123~practical~123~ aspects of designing and managing security projects. It requires prospective candidates to demonstrate their ability and skills in implementing the concepts and tools of professional project management. This intensive program consists of several steps, examinations and demonstration of practical experience. The training course includes a 4-day instructor-led program.