Are you ready? Launch your career in security with a CPO certification

Are You Ready?

The Certified Protection Officer program is designed for security officers and students who wish to learn more about security/asset protection. It is for the career-oriented individual. The difference between a guard and a Professional Security Officer? Guard vs. Professional Protection Officer.

"The IFPO certifications is a must for any security business or for the security professional. I have been a certified protection officer for over 17 years and I highly recommend the IFPO programs."   -- Christopher Innace, Owner, CEO & Founder at Pro Protection Security Inc.


Candidates must have six (6) months of full time protection officer experience (or equivalent) or one year of part time protection officer experience (or equivalent). Students enrolled into a recognized classroom training program may also qualify for this program.


Students may take the exam first and receive a certificate of completion, applying for certification when they have obtained the necessary experience. Students participating in a security related classroom program at an educational institute may take the CPO Program if they are not 18, however they will receive a certificate of completion. When they become 18, they can contact the IFPO to recevie their CPO certification certificate.

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.


IFPO offers an online 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.

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

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 Topics Such 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)

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