Certified Protection Officer (CPO) Program

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The CPO program is designed for security officers and students who wish to learn more about security/asset protection.  It is for the career-oriented individual.

Experience

Candidates must have six (6) months of full-time protection officer experience or the part-time equivalent (one year or more).

Students

Students may take the exam first and receive a certificate of completion, applying for certification when they have obtained the necessary experience. 

Program Alumni Findings

Successful CPOs find that the program significantly improves job performance and job enjoyment by providing a broad understanding of the roles, duties and responsibilities of the security officer. This professional growth also enhances career and earnings potential

Partial list of businesses and organizations where Certified Protection Officers are employed.

IFPO offers an on-line version of the Certified Protection Officer (CPO) 8th Edition course. The CPO 8th Edition program provides graduates internationally recognized protection officer certification. This self-paced course offers access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The CPO 8th Edition provides comprehensive, up-to-date information that improves protection officers’ skills and enhances their efficiency. Our delivery system tracks student achievements and maintains data necessary to provide seamless continuation of learning.

The security profession operates in a constantly changing environment and must provide a wide range of potential responses to evolving and increasingly complex threats. Globalization and technology increase the scope of these threats and accelerate the rate at which they change. Consequently, providing security has become more complicated and the knowledge required by a competent security operative, at any level, has grown. This course will improve any protection officer’s skills, knowledge, and abilities. This highly interactive course includes 12 units covering 45 chapters. Each chapter provides interactive activities, knowledge checks, and concludes with an end-of-chapter test.

The course will fully prepare candidates for the CPO Final Exam that is included in the price of the course. All course materials prior to the final exam remain available for student review at any time prior to starting the final exam. Candidates who successfully complete the CPO 8th Edition Final Exam are provided an IFPO Certification Certificate.

Units of study include such topics as:

  • Career Planning for Protection Professionals
  • Crisis Intervention
  • The Protection Officer as a Leader
  • Security Risk Management
  • Effective Communications
  • Antiterrorism and VIP Protection
  • Security Awareness
  • Crime and Incident Scene Procedures
  • Automation in Protection Operations
  • Interviewing and Statements
  • Patrol Principles
  • Legal Aspects of Security
  • Environmental Crime Control
  • Use of Force
  • Alarm System Fundamentals
  • Defensive Tactics and Officer Safety
  • Occupational Safety and Health and the Protection Officer
  • Apprehension and Detention Procedures
  • An All Hazards Approach to Hazardous Materials
  • Human Relations in a Global Environment
  • Information Security and Counterintelligence
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Workplace Crime and Deviance

And much more

Read the Certified Protection Officer (8th Edition) Course Syllabus (PDF format)

Delivery methods available to complete the Certified Protection Officer (CPO) program

ONLINE VERSION

In keeping with IFPO’s commitment to presenting quality instruction using the most current, proven delivery systems, IFPO offers an online version of this ever-popular program. Added to the traditional text-based approach, this version allows the student to select the training option that suits his or her personal needs and learning styles. The online version contains the same information in the textbook, so it does not require the purchase of a textbook. The online version has short quizzes throughout the material. The final examination requires a proctor be present

TRADITIONAL DISTANCE DELIVERY – HOME STUDY/CORRESPONDENCE COURSE

Candidates must study the “The Professional Protection Officer: Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends” and successfully complete an unsupervised midterm exam and the final exam with a proctor present. Materials included with this program include the 8th Edition textbook, end-of-chapter quiz answers, an interim exam that is taken unsupervised which IFPO grades, and a final exam that must have a proctor present. Final Examination for this particular delivery platform is a paper/pencil test only.

Which Version is Right for You?

The computer-based version works best for people who are comfortable using computers and prefer working on a computer to using pencil and paper.

The computer-based version allows students to train anywhere, anytime. All that is needed is a computer and Internet access. The computer-based version works very well for anyone trying to fit training into an already hectic schedule, especially with irregular hours that can make it difficult to attend classroom training. Students can log in, work on lessons as long as they want, then log back out. When they log in again, they resume right where they left off.

This program can be implemented into a classroom environment and be used to augment an existing training program.

Upon completion of the program, successful CPOs receive:

Upon successful completion of the Certified Protection Officer Program, including achieving a minimum of 70% on the CPO final exam, candidates will receive:

  • Certified Protection Officer Certificate
  • Certified Protection Officer Lapel Pin
  • Certified Protection Officer ID Card
  • Access for the current year to the IFPO.org “Members Only” Area (1 year)
  • Individual or Group Wall Plaque (optional at additional charge) [Order Here]

Additional Information

  • Online testing for the 8th edition is now available!
  • For a further discounted method of obtaining this certification, please see the Certified Protection Officer Final Challenge Option.
  • There is a two-year recertification requirement.
  • ASIS International awards recertification credits for successful completion of the CPO Program. The program is designed for protection professionals who are intent on improving their individual security skills.
  • The Certified Protection Officer Program is a mandatory element for the completion of the Certified Protection Officer Instructor (CPOI) designation.
  • The Foundation offers the Canadian General Standards Board (CSGB)-CPO Program that has been approved by the CGSB. The Foundation is a listed provider of the mandatory CGSB required training.
  • A growing number of academic programs incorporate the Certified Protection Officer (CPO) Program. This provides their students with greater returns on their learning investment. It gives the institution an assessment tool and an enhanced image.
  • Academic Programs who wish to use the CPO as an outcome assessment measure may do so. A certificate of completion may be awarded for the academic portion of the program only. This certificate is available to accredited educational institutions.
  • The Professional Protection Officer: Practical Security Strategies and Emerging Trends” sample reading (PDF)
  • Certified Protection Officer (8th Edition) Course Syllabus Read More
  • Paper/Pencil examination is an additional $20.00 if requested.
  • A 10% discount is available for group registrations of five or more and IFPO Individual Members. IFPO Corporate Members are entitled to a 15% discount.

Veteran Appreciation Discount

Active duty servicemembers, and veterans, are eligible for our Veterans Appreciation discount.

Certified Protection Officer

Eighth Edition Traditional Distance Delivery (Home Study /Correspondence): Includes Exams and textbook.

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Eighth Edition Online Delivery: Includes online course and online final exam only.

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Eighth Edition Online Delivery with Textbook: Includes online course, online final exam, and textbook.

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Eighth Edition Paper Exam (per Candidate) as an option for $20. Requires proof of enrollment in CPO or CPO Final Challenge.

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Eighth Edition Online Exam Only (This optional Exam is from our Final Challenge Option).

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