In the ever-evolving security industry, practitioners must change as well -- simply donning a badge and uniform and being told to "patrol" doesn't cut it anymore -- even more so if an individual wants to lead others. Here are a few reasons from the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) why pursuing a Certified in Security Supervision and Management (CSSM) is the right thing to do for your security career.
Reason # 1
CSSM Certification will accelerate your career as a security professional.
Reason # 2
You will better understand the art of service and how to best serve your clients and community.
Reason # 3
You will better understand your scope of responsibility.
Reason # 4
You will gain detailed knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Supervisor, including legal obligations, personal liabilities and expected duties.
Reason # 5
You will build crucial skills to enhance your operational career and prepare you for greater positions of leadership.
Reason # 6
You will improve your confidence and effectiveness in an entry-level management position.
Reason # 7
You will learn how to make informed decisions and view challenges more objectively and ultimately deliver better results for the client.
Reason # 8
You will gain the ability to lead and plan more strategically, identifying threats and exploring new opportunities to reduce crime and losses.
Reason # 9
CSSM Certification is a form of Professional Development, which is one of the roles of the Protection Officer.
Reason # 10
It delivers Credibility, Knowledge and Professionalism.
Reason # 11
Certification will help increase your earning potential and long-term financial gain.
Reason # 12
Certification will expand your career options, provide job security and career advancement.
Certification delivers a broader range of skills, job satisfaction and self-satisfaction.
Reason # 14
Certification is not just career development, it’s also personal development.
Reason # 15
Completing certification sets an example of professionalism and dedication for others.
Reason # 16
Certifications make you more desirable to employers.
Reason # 17
Certification enhances your critical thinking skills and enhances your problem-solving abilities.
Reason # 18
Associating with other CSSMs affords the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, share information, and gain ongoing knowledge.
Reason # 19
Certification provides networking opportunities, makes you less likely to face unemployment and provides you with more self-confidence.
Reason # 20
Certifications are an investment in your future.
Reason # 21
An educated security professional helps their organization reduce and mitigate vulnerabilities.
Reason # 22
The CSSM Certification increases your value to current and future organizations.
Reason # 23
Certification demonstrates your commitment to the security protection officer profession.
Reason # 24
Investing in professional development shows you are interested in continuous improvement - something all employers value in an employee.
Reason # 25
Certification offers trainers and trainees information about current trends in the security profession, supporting and reinforcing professional development.
By Marianna Perry, CPP, CPO, Jennifer Hesterman PhD, and Lawrence J. Fennelly, CSSM, CPOI
Elevate your career in security, become a Certified Protection Officer!
The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.
We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”