Earning a security certification from the International Foundation for Protection Officers immediately sets an individual apart from those who have not achieved such a distinction.
Having those letters after your name -- whether it be CPO, CPOI or SSMP -- means you care about the security industry and how you fit into it. Furthermore, it means you are willing to make a contribution to the security industry to improve it, like solid bricks in a building's foundation.
The IFPO's certifications are for all backgrounds, or no background at all -- if you are fresh out of high school, a current college student, ex-military or law enforcement or even current law enforcement -- everyone is eligible.
The security industry is a wide umbrella, encompassing many specialties. An individual could seek employment in a large company providing corporate protection or a smaller company with armed professionals covering special events. Loss prevention, armored vehicle, executive protection and private investigations are but a few professions that can be found underneath the industry umbrella.
Here are a few more reasons to pursue a certification with the IFPO:
-- Increase your earning potential.
-- Long-term financial gain.
-- Acceptance in the Security industry.
-- Pathway to a career in Security.
-- Improve your career options.
-- Job security.
-- Career advancement.
-- Gives you a broader range of skills.
-- Job satisfaction.
-- Personal development.
-- An example to others.
-- Makes you more desirable to employers.
-- Enhances your communication skills.
-- Enhances your critical thinking skills.
-- Enhances your problem-solving skills.
-- Networking opportunities.
-- Makes you less likely to face unemployment.
-- More self confidence.
-- Greater economic stability.
-- Helps make you a contributor to the security industry.
-- Benefits for you and your family.
-- An investment in your future.
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.”