Certified Protection Officer
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The CPO program is designed for security officers and students who wish to learn more about security/asset protection. It is for the career-oriented individual.
Candidates must have six (6) months of full time protection officer experience (or equivalent) or one year of part time protection officer experience (or equivalent). Students enrolled into a recognized classroom training program may also qualify for this program.
This certification assessment is approved by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs State Approving Agency
Course and Certification Prerequisites
This certification is for supervisors and has the following requirements:
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Understanding of FEMA Incident Command Systems
- Currently holding or has held the rank of sergeant or above, or
- 3 years of service in a criminal justice, security, or similar capacity combined with 16 hours of college credits or courses, or certificates pertaining to management, leadership, and supervision from other sources
- Completion of courses 2 in Homeland Security that holds certifications recognized by industry
A waiver of the above requirements can be granted with a letter outlining the circumstance for your request. The letter shall be from a first line supervisor or higher.
NOTE: ISP does not require individuals to complete any course in order to sit for the certification exam. Any individual who feels he or she has the experience or knowledge and meets the prerequisites may challenge the exam. After applying to take the final assessment, you will be asked to provide proof that you meet the prerequisites for the challenge.
Candidates may request and apply for certification reciprocity through an evaluation process.
Candidates who successfully pass the certification assessment will hold a valid credential for two years from the date of issue.
Job Task Analysis (JTA)
A Job Task Analysis is a systematic definition of the components of work and essential knowledge, skill, and other abilities at the level required for competent performance in a profession, occupation, or role. Job Task Analysis is a process by which to discover, understand, and describe the work that people in a profession, occupation, or role do. A Job Task Analysis identifies and describes in detail particular duties and requirements as well as the relative importance of these duties. JTA refers to a general family of methods that includes role delineation, function analysis, practice analysis, and task analysis, along with variations that depend on the purpose of the study and nature of the work to be investigated. Subject matter experts were used for development of the JTA. A Subject Matter Expert is a person with documented expertise in a profession, occupation, or role whose input into the development and validation of assessment instruments helps to ensure validity.
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The ISP blueprint addresses all the critical characteristics needed to construct and administer the examination which allows candidates to show knowledge and cognitive skills required to perform the tasks typically required of an entry-level professional. An ISP blueprint is used to produce high-quality forms of the examination that are equivalent across time. Blueprint are designed and evaluated by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
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