Michael S. D'Angelo makes a great case for the importance of attaining certifications in the security industry. We here at the IFPO couldn't agree more. -- IFPO.
BY Michael S. D'Angelo, CPP, CSC, CHPA
I read a post today by a “security consultant” who proclaimed: “that you don’t need professional certifications to prove you are qualified, there are many other ways to gain experience and show you are good at what you do.”
I am not entirely disagreeing with his perspective; however, I will add my thoughts. Having letters after your name doesn’t provide instant credibility. Nor does it mean you are better than other professionals in your industry.
Here is where certification hits its real mark. Any accredited security industry certification (I pictured the CPP from ASIS International as an excellent example, however, there are certainly others of credibility within our industry) has a requirement of continuing education in order to maintain and re-certify.
No other measure shows your true value to a client as a professional than continuing education. You attend seminars and conferences, you go to advanced training, and you write or present within your industry.
You are knowledgeable in current industry best practices and you stay atop your game. That’s what professional certifications demonstrate and that’s what shows clients why you are perhaps that better choice.
D'Angelo is the Principal and Lead Consultant for Secure Direction Consulting, LLC.
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.”