Why certify?

The importance of security certifications

The benefits of earning a certification can be both intrinsic and external. Certifications in the IT industry are often viewed as essential career builders and may lead to easier acceptance of the physical security practitioner within that discipline. Similarly, an IT professional may gain equal footing with their physical security peers by obtaining a certification such as the ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification. The end-result is that the employer gains by having individuals who are cross trained in several areas.

"As a hiring manager I look for those professionals who hold cross-discipline certifications - for example, information security, physical security, fraud, forensics and project management," Dixon says. "While these certifications don't necessarily mean an individual is right for the job, it is an indicator that the individual probably has a broad breath of knowledge around security related topics, and even more importantly has a willingness to learn new concepts."

Professional certification can profoundly shape and impact your career. While achieving certification requires a great degree time, effort, and personal commitment, it is a lifetime investment that yields many benefits and rewards. Ask yourself why not certify?

Darryl R. Branham CPP is the Regional Director, Security Systems for the Travelers Insurance Company. He is responsible for field office networked security system installations, Control Center operations and is the technical systems expert for the Corporate Security Department. Branham started his ASIS leadership career by serving as the Central Minnesota chapter certification coordinator. In 2009, he was President of the Professional Certification Board (PCB) and Chair of the Integrated Physical Security Systems Task Force. He joined the PCB in 2004 and has served as Vice President, Certification Committee Chair in 2005 and has chaired the Physical Security Professional Test Committee and Strategic Planning Committees during his five year tenure.