Physical Security

Physical Security

Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignment Description

Physical Security personnel are active duty Service members that perform embassy, base, and theater security during contingencies, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, civil disturbances, exercises and special events that require heightened levels of security.

Physical Security team members participate in maritime interdiction, boarding actions, and tactics that are designed to capture enemy vessels, combat terrorism, piracy and smuggling, and to conduct customs and safety checks, and other inspections.

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Click here to go to Certified Protection Professional (CPP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The ASIS International, Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification is for security management professionals who demonstrate knowledge and competency in all areas of security management. CPP candidates must have been employed full-time in a security-related role and meet education and/or experience requirements, which include at least three years of experience in responsible charge of a security function. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Physical Security Professional (PSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The ASIS International, Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification is designed for individuals whose primary responsibilities are to conduct physical security surveys, design integrated security systems that include equipment, procedures, and people; or install, operate or maintain those systems and who have demonstrated in-depth operational knowledge and competence in this area. Candidates must meet academic and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Correctional Association (ACA), Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) is a mid-management level credential recommended for professionals who work with both staff and offenders in a correctional setting. A CCS is responsible for implementing agency procedures and supervising/evaluating personnel which may include Central/Regional Office staff, Business Office personnel, Correctional Supervisors, Training Officers, Food/Health Service Staff, Maintenance staff, Recreation personnel, Industries personnel, Caseworkers/Correctional Counselors, Chaplains, Teachers, Staff Psychologists, Lieutenants, and Sergeants. Candidates must meet the minimum academic and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Corrections Officer/Provisional (CCO/P) COOL Snapshot page.

Certified Corrections Officer/Provisional (CCO/P) certification is recommended for graduating students who have studied for a career in a correctional setting and/or Department of Corrections Training Academy graduating cadets. Candidates will work directly with offenders. For certification status to become permanent, those who pass the CCO/P exam must secure a full-time position in a corrections-related agency (within two-years from their exam date) and receive a satisfactory performance rating from their immediate supervisor after one-year on-the-job.
Click here to go to Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Security Program Integration Professional Certification (SPIPC) provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding of and ability to apply risk management and security program management concepts, principles, and practices. Candidates must be conferred the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC).
Click here to go to Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC) provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's understanding of foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully perform functions, implement programs, and pursue missions to protect DoD assets. The SFPC is a prerequisite for the Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC).
Click here to go to Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Security Asset Protection Professional Certification (SAPPC) provides a recognized and reliable indication of a security practitioner's ability to apply foundational concepts, principles, and practices needed to successfully perform functions, implement programs, and pursue missions to protect DoD assets. The SAPPC is ideal for personnel who will be or are already performing security functions as an additional and/or embedded duty on behalf of (and as specified by) a DoD Component. The certification is also ideal for personnel who are working toward or already occupy full-time security positions for which attainment of this certification has been deemed a requirement or a professional development milestone. The SAPPC is the second of four certifications within the SPeD Certification Program. To obtain the SAPPC, candidates must already be a recipient of the Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC).
Click here to go to Physical Security Certification (PSC) web page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), Physical Security Certification (PSC) is a part of Department of Defense's (DoD) Security Professional Education Development (SPeD) Certification Program. PSC is ideal for DoD, Industry, and federal members performing physical security functions. PSC assesses foundational knowledge in the following areas of expertise: physical security concepts; physical security standards; standards, countermeasures, and planning; and physical security planning and implementation. Candidates must be a DoD personnel or a federal employee or contractor assigned to a security position to be eligible for the exam. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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