ASIS International established the Associate Protection Professional (APP) certification online training course program in 2019. It is part of ASIS International’s continued effort to provide professional development and academic opportunities for professionals at all levels of security management. APP Certification test is designed for applicants with 1-3 years of expertise in security management. Furthermore, the test assesses professionals’ understanding of security management basics, risk management, company operations, and reaction management.

Who should sit for the APP exam?

The Associate Protection Professional (APP) Practice Exam is designed for persons with one to four years of expertise in security management.

EXAM Specifics

Before you begin studying, you should be familiar with all of the exam requirements. This aids in the retention of updates and offers a lot better concept of how to proceed with the preparation in accordance with the type of questions given and the time duration. As a result, we have prepared the following key data about the Associate Protection Professional (APP) exam:

Exam Name 

Associate Protection Professional 

Exam Duration 

120 minutes

Exam Type 


Exam Code 



As defined*

Exam Format 

Multiple Choice and Multi-Response Questions

Number of Questions 


Exam Fee 

$200 USD for members and $350 USD for non-members



Pass Score 

Pass / Fail

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Associate Protection Professional (APP) Course Outline

A domain is a large subject that you must grasp in order to pass the CISSP certification test. The following are the most significant CISSP Domains:

  • Implement and coordinate the organization’s security program(s) to guard the organization’s assets
  • Implement methods to enhance the safety program on a continuous basis through the use of auditing, review, and assessment
  • Develop and coordinate external relations programs with public sector law enforcement or other external organizations to fulfill security objectives
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate employee security awareness programs 
  • Implement and/or coordinate an investigative program
  • Provide coordination, assistance, and evidence such as documentation and testimony to support legal proceedings
  • Conduct background investigations for hiring, promotion, and/or retention of individuals 
  • Develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate policies, procedures, programs, and methods to protect individuals in the workplace against human threats (e.g., harassment, violence)
  • Conduct and/or coordinate an executive/personnel protection program
  • Develop and/or maintain a physical security program for an organizational asset
  • Recommend, implement, and coordinate physical security controls to mitigate security risks
  • Evaluate and integrate technology into security program to satisfy organizational goals
  • Coordinate and implement security policies that contribute to an information security program
  • Propose budgets and implement financial controls to ensure fiscal responsibility
  • Implement security policies, procedures, plans, and directives to achieve organizational objectives
  • Develop procedures/techniques to measure and improve departmental productivity
  • Develop, implement, and coordinate security staffing processes and personnel development programs in order to achieve organizational objectives
  • Monitor and ensure a sound ethical culture in accordance with regulatory requirements and organizational objectives
  • Provide advice and assistance in developing key performance indicators and negotiate contractual terms for security vendors/suppliers
  • Conduct initial and ongoing risk assessment processes
  • Assess and prioritize threats to address potential consequences of incidents
  • Prepare, plan and communicate how the organization will identify, classify, and address risks
  • Implement and/or coordinate recommended countermeasures for new risk treatment strategies
  • Implement and/or coordinate recommended countermeasures for new risk
  • Ensure pre-incident resource planning (e.g., mutual aid agreements, table-top exercises)
  • Respond to and manage an incident using best practices
  • Coordinate the recovery and resumption of operations following an incident
  • Conduct a post-incident review
  • Implement contingency plans for common types of incidents (e.g., bomb threat, active shooter, natural disasters)
  • Identity vulnerabilities and coordinate additional countermeasures for an asset in a degraded state following an incident
  • Assess and prioritize threats to mitigate consequences of incidents
  • Coordinate and assist with evidence collection for post-incident review (e.g., documentation, testimony)
  • Coordinate with emergency services during incident response
  • Monitor the response effectiveness to the incident(s)
  • Communicate regular status updates to leadership and other key stakeholders throughout the incident
  • Monitor and audit the plan of how the organization will respond to incidents


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Associate Protection Professional (APP) exam examines the following areas:

    • Security Fundamentals
    • Business Operations
    • Risk Management
    • Response Management

    The Associate Protection Professional (APP) Practice Exam is designed for persons with one to four years of expertise in security management.

    Experience in security management* Education

    • Master’s degree – one year (or international equivalent)
    • Bachelor’s degree in two years (or international equivalent)
    • Three years – No postsecondary education