Certified Protection Professional Progress Report
Certification--Present and Future The Professional Certification Board (PCB) would like to thank all the Certified Protection Professionals (CPPs) who submitted questions for the CPP examination question bank. This support helps maintain the PCB's goals of excellence, integrity, and validity. The quality and availability of questions are vital to preserving the high standards of certification examinations.
The PCB often receives questions from security professionals--CPPs and non-CPPs alike--about the advantages of certification. To discover how certification programs are viewed, senior human resources managers currently or formerly with four major Midwest corporations were polled. The corporations are among the top in the nation in assets or revenues. Their responses varied, and not all interviewees answered all questions.
The questions asked were:
* What effect does professional certification have on recruitment, selection, or promotion?
* From a personnel viewpoint, is the professional certification process considered a learning experience or is it a validation of the level of experience and knowledge at a given time?
* How does a shrinking work force affect the view of professional certifications?
* How does professional certification affect the remuneration package offered or position salaries?
* What is your view of the future for professional certification programs?
Kurt R. Kline, employment manager for Mutual of Omaha Companies, offered the following comments:
"Professional certification is viewed positively during recruitment, selection, and promotion. Certifications are viewed favorably since none are easily obtained, and they lend credibility to an applicant's stated experience and knowledge. A good certification program validates the knowledge gained from work experience as well as from schooling.
"The purpose of the initial certification accreditation process is not to be a learning experience--though it lends itself to that--but to validate a professional's level of experience and knowledge. Learning and development occur during recertification.
"With some exceptions, professional certification does not affect salaries or remuneration packages. It may, however, qualify an applicant for a higher level position or raise an applicant's starting salary.
"The importance of professional certification will continue. Certification may even carry more weight as viable professional applicant pools shrink. Some certification programs now offer both an initial and a senior-level certification accreditation. Senior-level certification uses much more stringent criteria, both in experience and knowledge."
Vern H. Krider, vice president of Human Resource Management Corporation in Omaha, NE, and former vice president of personnel for Union Pacific Railroad, gave the following advice:
"Professional certification ranges from a requirement in some technical disciplines, such as engineering, to a plus in professions such as human resources and security. It is a strong indicator of professional dedication. Professional certification is a definite plus even when it's not a position requirement.
"Half the advantage of certification is attaining it. The rest is maintaining it throughout a career. In cases where certification occurs in the beginning or middle of a career, a substantial portion of that career remains in the future, making continuing professional development important.
"Certification demonstrates an individual's commitment to professionalism as a continuing process, not an isolated event. Education for recertification enables organizations to remain up to date in a discipline through their employees. Continuing education thus is a long-term advantage for an employer.
"Emphasis on certification is slowly growing in many professions. …