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Associate Protection Professional (APP) Course Outline

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


Retaking the Examination

During your two-year eligibility year, you may take the test up to three times. Each attempt must be separated by 90 days. Retaking the test costs $225 for CPP, PCI, and PSP. The APP retake cost is $150. If you fail the test three times in a two-year period, you must reapply and pay the entire cost.


Implement and coordinate the organization’s security program(s) to guard the organization’s assetsImplement methods to enhance the safety program on a continuous basis through the use of auditing, review, and assessmentDevelop and coordinate external relations programs with public sector law enforcement or other external organizations to fulfill security objectivesDevelop, implement, and coordinate employee security awareness programs Implement and/or coordinate an investigative programProvide coordination, assistance, and evidence such as documentation and testimony to support legal proceedingsConduct 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 programDevelop and/or maintain a physical security program for an organizational assetRecommend, implement, and coordinate physical security controls to mitigate security risksEvaluate and integrate technology into security program to satisfy organizational goalsCoordinate and implement securitypolicies that contribute to an information security program


Propose budgets and implement financial controls to ensure fiscal responsibilityImplement security policies, procedures, plans, and directives to achieve organizational objectivesDevelop procedures/techniques to measure and improve departmental productivityDevelop, implement, and coordinate security staffing processes and personnel development programs in order to achieve organizational objectivesMonitor and ensure a sound ethical culture in accordance with regulatory requirements and organizational objectivesProvide advice and assistance in developing key performance indicators and negotiate contractual terms for security vendors/suppliers


Conduct initial and ongoing risk assessment processesAssess and prioritize threats to address potential consequences of incidentsPrepare, plan and communicate how the organization will identify, classify, and address risksImplement and/or coordinate recommended countermeasures for new risk treatment strategiesImplement and/or coordinate recommended countermeasures for new riskEnsure pre-incident resource planning (e.g., mutual aid agreements, table-top exercises)


Respond to and manage an incident using best practicesCoordinate the recovery and resumption of operations following an incidentConduct a post-incident reviewImplement 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 incidentAssess and prioritize threats to mitigate consequences of incidentsCoordinate and assist with evidence collection for post-incident review (e.g., documentation, testimony)Coordinate with emergency services during incident responseMonitor the response effectiveness to the incident(s)Communicate regular status updates to leadership and other key stakeholders throughout the incidentMonitor and audit the plan of how the organization will respond to incidents


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