Industry champion Mike Hurst achieves Certified Protection Professional designation

Mike Hurst

Mike Hurst

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, 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.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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