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Submission For The Record of ASIS International , Alexandria, VA

ASIS International, with more than 35,000 members, is the largest organization worldwide for security professionals. For over 50 years ASIS, a not for profit entity, has been dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of individuals working in the security field, with a consistent focus on education, professional development and certification.  ASIS strongly believes that security industry credentialing through ASIS certifications can help transition members of the Armed Forces into high demand and well-paying civilian jobs.

ASIS offers three professional security certifications; Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) and Physical Security Professional (PSP). The CPP Certification was established in 1977 and clearly it is not an opportunistic “9/12” security certification program.  It is the security industry’s highest recognition of practitioners, and all ASIS certifications are SAFETY Act Designated. In 2004, the U.S. Air Force Security Forces Directorate integrated CPP Certification into the   professional development of its security forces.  Earning ASIS certification increases both short-term and long-term job prospects and for veterans can use their in service experience to satisfy ASIS certification eligibility requirements. For government, military, or law enforcement professionals planning to leave the public sector, ASIS certification provides a way to build on previous experience and transition to a successful second career in the private sector.

In 2007, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) commissioned a study on behalf of all military branches to assess the value of ASIS security certifications to military security professionals.   The study undertook “side-by-side” comparisons of ASIS certifications with other security professional development offerings and concluded that “(t)he professional development and certification opportunities available through ASIS would provide significant, unique value to the USMC/DoD.”  It recommended that the Marines Corps and DoD “should investigate courses of action, to include ASIS professional development and certifications, to build and sustain an all-inclusive career development program for its Military and Civil Service security professionals.”

ASIS International is ready, willing and able to work with the DOL, DoD and the VA and Congress to create opportunities and provide assistance for transitioning veterans to become ASIS certified.   Specifically,  ASIS seeks to be included in the DOL Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) "Demonstration Project on Credentialing and Licensure of Veterans" currently being set up pursuant to the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006.  The legislation states the program is to facilitate the transition of members of the Armed Forces to civilian employment by reducing barriers to certification in industries with high growth and high worker demand.  Given this worthy goal, the Subcommittee should encourage DOL VETS to work with ASIS International to make ASIS security certifications more accessible and obtainable for veterans, and thus increase their ability and likelihood to gain successful and stable employment in the increasingly important and burgeoning security field.  

For more information on ASIS International please go to www.asisonline.org