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About the CPP Exam

Prospective CPP candidates must complete and submit an application form (available online at http://www.asisonline.org/store/certApp1.xml). Candidates may take the exam only three times in any given two-year eligibility period; three months must elapse between the first and second attempts, and six months must elapse between the second and third attempts. For ASIS members in the U.S. and Canada, the initial examination costs $300, with a $200 re-examination fee for each subsequent attempt (maximum of two re-examinations allowed); for non-ASIS members, those fees are $350 and $250, respectively. For international candidates, all examination fees are $100 less than the U.S. and Canada fees.

Submit your payment and a completed application form to the following address:

CPP Program Office
American Society for Industrial Security
P.O. Box 79073
Baltimore, MD 21279-0073

Please note that for candidates who fail to meet the eligibility requirements for experience, those who can qualify in two years or less can elect to have their fees held, to be applied when the eligibility requirements are satisfied. Otherwise, candidates will receive a partial refund of their fees, minus $100.

The CPP exam is administered by Prometric throughout the U.S. and Canada. After candidates have received an authorization letter from ASIS, they can call 1-800-699-4975 toll-free to arrange for a test date and location. Hours of operation for the sign-up line are 8 A.M. to 8 P.M. EST, Monday through Friday, and 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. EST Saturday.

To sign up successfully, you'll need a valid credit card; otherwise, you must contact the company to obtain mailing instructions for sending a check (inside the U.S.) or money order (outside the U.S.). You obtain a test date only when payment is verified or a check or money order has cleared; because credit cards can be processed immediately, using one is strongly recommended.

To schedule an exam, call Prometric at least a day in advance. To cancel or reschedule any exam, you must call no less than 36 hours before the scheduled test time or before close of business on the preceding working day; otherwise, you might be charged for the exam even if you don't show up to take it. Because the CPP exam costs $200 or more each time you take it, we suggest that you avoid wasting your money whenever possible!

When you are ready to schedule a test, prepare the following information:

  • The authorization letter from ASIS indicating that you may take the CPP exam.
  • Your name, organization, and mailing address.
  • A unique identifier that only you may use. (In the U.S., this is your Social Security number. If you live outside the U.S., call Prometric to ask what kind of identification you need when you take a CPP exam.)
  • The name of the exam that you want to take (CPP) and your confirmation number (which appears on the ASIS authorization letter).
  • Some acceptable method of payment.

After you sign up for a test, you'll find out when and where that test will be given. Try to arrive at the designated testing center at least 30 minutes early; we recommend that you call the day before to make sure you're on the schedule. You must also provide two forms of identification, one of which must be a photo ID, such as a passport or a driver's license.

As soon as you complete the CPP exam, the testing software reports whether you've passed or failed. It also provides detailed information to indicate which areas you should study. If you fail the CPP exam, we urge you to obtain whatever test results the test administrator can print. This tells you where improvement will be needed. If you do fail, you'll have reschedule (and pay for) another test.

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