Now serving in his twentieth year as a member of ASIS UK, the Chapter’s vice-chairman and security industry champion Mike Hurst has attained the highly prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation at the first attempt. The CPP certification for security management professionals demonstrates their knowledge and competency in seven key domains of security (more of which anon) and is globally recognised as a standard of excellence for such practitioners.
The CPP examination consists of 200 scored multiple-choice questions and may contain 25 randomly distributed pre-test (ie unscored) questions for a total of up to 225 questions. The four hours allowed for the examination takes into consideration the review of pre-test items.
As stated, the examination covers tasks, knowledge and skills in seven broad domains that have been identified by practising CPPs as the major areas involved in security management. These are Security Principles and Practices, Business Principles and Practices, Investigations, Personnel Security, Physical Security, Crisis Management and Information Security.
To be eligible for the CPP, a given individual needs to have nine years of security experience, at least three years of which shall have been spent “in responsible charge” of a security function or otherwise have earned a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education and boast seven years of security experience, at least three years of which shall have been spent “in responsible charge” of a security function.
Speaking about this tremendous achievement, Hurst informed Risk UK: “Given my leadership role in ASIS UK, and with so many colleagues and senior security professionals around the globe having achieved the CPP standard, I felt that it was about time I got my act together and sat the examination. It was a very tough and thorough test of my security knowledge, especially given the fact that I’m a non-practitioner. I must say that the whole process was well worth the effort.”
Hurst founded HJA Fire and Security back in 1992. The company recruits across a wide range of disciplines and industry sectors, specialising in executive mid and senior management levels. Alongside long-term industry colleague Graham Bassett MSyI FIRP FInstSMM, Hurst also co-founded www.AllSecurityEvents.com, the universal listings site for security events.
Hurst serves as vice-chairman of ASIS International’s UK Chapter in a pro bono capacity and with a specific focus on strategy, in turn promoting professional development, education and networking. He’s also a member of the ASIS European Advisory Council.
Hurst was a director of The Security Institute until last year, standing down after serving the maximum term of six years in office. He was a member of the Security Industry Authority’s Strategic Consultation Group, helping to plan the transition to a new regulatory regime, and has also been chairman of the Small Business Network.