Study Groups

Each year ASIS Chapter 156 looks at holding the CPP Study Group, starting in the first couple weeks of January, please take a look at the information on each certification below if you are interested in the study group. If you are wanting to be a part of the PSP Study Group, an online group is available through ASIS International.

Please send an email to indicating your interest in the CPP. Please include your contact information if you would like more information. 

One of the key benefits to completing your certification study through a local ASIS Chapter is building a network of colleagues who can support you throughout your career!

Study Group Information

How does it work?

The Study group is group of individuals interested in achieving their CPP or APP and meet once a week to go over the outlined reading material as a reinforcement of what was covered each week. The CPP Study group is available in Edmonton and will be available in a large classroom style facility. Full COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Virtual participation is possible for students that are at a distance to connect in real time via a ZOOM call.  The PSP Study group is available on-line through another arrangement.  If we have enough students to form an APP Study group we will consider adding an APP class.

What do you need?

Prior to the start of the sessions you will need to order the reference material for any group you wish to participate in, these are available through the ASIS Online Store and you have a few options when ordering - Print or Electronic

Where does the Study Group meet?

One night each week the group(s) meets at the Commissionaires building (10633 – 124 Street Edmonton), each group will have a separate night and is agreed to by the attendees.

When is the first meeting?

In the first week of January there is usually an initial meeting night to introduce everyone and review the format, however the regular weekly night is agreed to by the group as much as possible.

How long do the sessions last each night?

The sessions start at 5:30pm – until finished or 8:00pm at the latest. Usually the session lasts 1-1.5 hrs.

How much does ASIS Chapter 156 charge each participant to take part in the Study Group?

The Chapter charges $100 for the CPP and this is based on the amount of material to cover and number of weeks the sessions run. The PSP may have a cost through ASIS International.  The APP will also cost $100 if we are able to run the class.

How can I pay?

Payment is requested in one of the first 3 sessions and can be submitted  Online via Eventbrite through the Chapter website. The Eventbrite link will be provided no later than the last week of December 2021.

Do I have to read every single page or the study material?

(See the Reference Set for CPP or PSP)

No. Some people have lots of experience in certain areas, and may not need to read parts that they are familiar with. Also, life events may get in the way of your reading and studies. Do as much as you feel is necessary, hopefully enough to pass the test.  We will support study group members with additional materials and practice exams in order to help you prepare for the exam.

What is a guest facilitator?

On most nights there will be a guest facilitator with an ASIS Certification, who can answer questions about the benefits of certification, the test, the process of studying.  Guest facilitators have a wealth of knowledge as practitioners in the area of security management and are great people to get to know.

If you are an ASIS certification holder and are interested in being a guest facilitator for one or more of the sessions please contact and indicate your interest.  Guest facilitators can earn CPE credits for participating.

ASIS Certifications

Certified Protection Professional

​​​​​​​​​​​The Certified Protection Professional (CPP®) credential provides demonstrable proof of knowledge and management skills in seven key domains of security. Those who earn the CPP are ASIS board-certified in security management.

Eligibility Requirements

Seven years of security work experience, with at least three of those years in responsible charge*

of a security function


A bachelor's degree or higher and six years of security work experience, with at least three of those years in responsible charge* of a security function.

For additional information on certifications see the ASIS International  Certification Handbook

Associate Protection Professional

The Associate Protection Professional (APP®) designation is intended for those with 1-3 years of security management experience.  Holders of this designation have demonstrated knowledge of security management fundamentals, business operations, risk management, and response management.

Earning the APP certification reduces the experience requirements when upgrading to the CPP, PCI, and PSP designations.

For additional information on certifications see the ASIS International Certification Handbook


Physical Security Professional

The Physical Security Professional (PSP)® credential provides demonstrable knowledge and experience in threat assessment and risk analysis; integrated physical security systems; and the appropriate identification, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of security measures. Those who earn the PSP are ASIS board certified in physical security.

Eligibility Requirements

Experience as a security professional in the protection of assets, in the public or private sector, criminal justice system, government intelligence, or investigative agencies


Experience with companies, associations, government, or other organizations providing services or products, including consulting firms, provided the duties and responsibilities substantively relate to the design, evaluation, and application of systems, programs, or equipment, or development and operation of services, for the protection of assets in the private or public sectors


Experience as a full-time educator on the faculty of an accredited educational institution, provide the responsibilities for courses and other duties relate primarily to knowledge areas pertinent to the management and operation of assets programs in the public or private sectors.

For additional information on certifications see the ASIS International  Certification Handbook


General Info Regarding Credential Testing

ASIS is now offering the option to take certification exams on your own computer at home.  Previously all testing was completed exclusively through Prometric testing facilities.  There are technical requirements that must be met in order to test remotely and information about this is available on the ASIS web site.  Testing at Prometric sites is still available.