Committed to the support and professional development of protection officers, security supervisors and security managers in Europe.
IFPO Europe membership provides educational and networking opportunities. It is the key to professional development.
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Membership is not mandatory, and is not a prerequisite to enrollment into any of the IFPO programs. However there are numerous benefits to IFPO Membership including discounts and payment plan programs for all IFPO programs, services and supplies.
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Presently the CPO Program Final Examination consists of 216 true/false or multiple choise questions. There is a four hour time limit to this examination. The exam can be done on line as well by paper/pencil examination.
The examination proctor must meet a criteria set forth by IFPO Europe. The examination proctor can be someone within your own organization, that is in a supervisory or management position. The proctor could also include an individual that meets one of the following criteria: Human Resource Officer, Staff Development Officer, Member of a recognized Policing Organization, Member of a Professional Security Association, University/College Faculty Member, Certified Protection Professional, Certified Protection Officer, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Security Trainer, Member of the Clergy. IFPO Europe will assist an individual in locating a suitable proctor if necessary.
Because of the independent study format the completion time can variate. Generally speaking, on the average the CPO review course program can be completed quite comfortably within a 3-6 month period.
All IFPO Europe programs must be completed within a one year period.
If a candidate is not successful in the completion of the final examination, they may retake the examination after a period of 6 months. If the candidate is not successful in their second attempt, they may rewrite after a period of one year. In both cases a administration rewrite fee would be applied.
IFPO Europe always encourage students to enroll into our premier program (CPO) prior to the CSSM program. It is not required, but it is recommended because the CPO program is so widely recognized that we feel all can benefit.
No, you do not have to be a supervisor or manager to enroll into the Security Supervision and Management Program. However, six months security supervisory or management experience is mandatory to qualify to become Certified in Security Supervision and Management Program.
Yes, both programs are similar in that they can be completed by home study.
On the average this program takes between 4 - 6 months to complete. It must be completed within one year of enrollment.
Upon successful completion of the Security Supervision and Management Program the individual is awarded a certificate of completion, a letter confirming the completion of the Security Supervision and Management Program, a program critique questionnaire. The individual may then submit application for the CSSM Program. (Six months previous security supervisory or management experience is necessary). The candidate is expected to complete a written practical exercise, where they must reply in a supervisory/management capacity. A series of more than 45 scenarios are presented and a mandatory 10 are necessary for completion.
Yes, an individual may apply for their CSSM designation anytime following the successful completion of the Security Supervision and Management Program.
Members of IFPO Europe: By visiting events of IFPO Europe you receive automatically your recertification credits. (5 credits each event) Members can also direct request for credits by uploading receipts of visited events over our webpage in your personal member area. Here you also find all other info and status of your re-certification. Re-certification of members is free of charge.
For re-certification of non-members we charge €. 250,-