Friday, January 17, 2014

Questions from a Corporate Security Professional Regarding Certifications



What are your thoughts about obtaining a ASIS CPP board certification?


Do you think the certification makes you more marketable?


I am in a 100% neutral position when it comes to questions about certification.  I think the quality of your resume communication overall is more important than whether or not you have certifications. 

Over the years, I've worked with CSOs who are proponents of the CPP certification and I've worked with CSOs who see little to no value in the certification.  The ones who don't believe in the certification won't pay for their staff to get the certification.

From a pure personal marketing standpoint, I think it is a good idea to have one or maybe two or three certifications that closely align with your professional strengths.  Remember, that I am referring to your personal marketing package here and not to your competency. 

Certifications don't make a security professional competent.  However, from a personal marketing standpoint, certifications can give the next person the perception that one has expertise in a certain area.

Finally, certifications are frequently used as what I call "check box" items in the resume screening process.  In this case, someone who doesn't have a fraction of your skill or ability may get an interview because they have a CPP and you do not.  For this reason, it might be a good idea to have a certification or two so you are not wrongfully screened out at the "check box" level.'s Security Recruiter Blog