ASIS board certifications can now be applied toward a bachelor's degree in Organizational Security and Management from University of Phoenix

Orlando, September 19, 2011 – Board-certified members of ASIS International (ASIS) will be able to continue to build on their professional development by applying their Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Physical Security Professional (PSP) certifications toward a University of Phoenix bachelor's degree specific to the security field.

As part of a new academic alliance, ASIS has joined with University of Phoenix and its College of Criminal Justice and Security to offer ASIS member certificants the ability to transfer earned CPP and PSP certifications into elective credits for use toward the University's Bachelor of Science in Organizational Security and Management degree.

"Having the proper training and education is critical for security professionals to be effective in today's global business environment," said Christina Duffey, CPP, president, ASIS Professional Certification Board (PCB). "We are pleased to join forces with University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security to help our members certificants advance in their professional development and achieve success."

Technological advances, terrorism and globalization all pose increasing challenges to the world's dramatically changing security environment. Security employers are demanding their organization's security leaders be highly educated and certified in order to meet these challenges, requiring both recognized certifications and bachelor's degrees. This new alliance provides ASIS member certificants with the quality education and knowledge they need to be effective leaders in the private and public security sectors.

"Our bachelor's program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of today's global security challenges, taught by instructors who are security professionals who average nearly 20 years of experience working in the field," said James Ness, Ph.D., dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Security for University of Phoenix. "Combining ASIS' globally recognized certifications with our program offers ASIS member certificants the opportunity to elevate their understanding of today's security needs and better equip them as leaders in their field."

The ASIS alliance with University of Phoenix applies to all ASIS CPP and PSP board-certified members. Visit University of Phoenix at the ASIS International 2011 Seminar and Exhibits, booth #3265, in Orlando, Fla., September 19 -22, for more information.

About ASIS International

ASIS International is the leading organization for security professionals, with more than 37,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests, such as the ASIS Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as specific security topics. ASIS also advocates the role and value of the security management profession to business, the media, government entities and the public. By providing members and the security community with access to a full range of programs and services, and by publishing the industry's No. 1 magazine—Security Management—ASIS leads the way for advanced and improved security performance.

About the College of Criminal Justice and Security

University of Phoenix has been at the forefront of serving professionals in the criminal justice and security field for over 30 years.  The College offers associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs with relevant and demanding management-focused curriculum to provide the skills required to be a leader within the field of criminal justice and security.  Additionally, associate and bachelor's students have access to Interactive Criminal Justice simulations, are supported by faculty members who are experts and leaders in the criminal justice and security field, and can connect with a student population with progressive online and campus networking opportunities.  The College of Criminal Justice and Security's Faculty Advisory Council members review market trends and help keep curriculum on pace with national and international market demands. For more information, visit


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Media Contacts

  • Christopher Fielder
    University of Phoenix

  • Leigh A. Mcguire
    ASIS International