Reference Sets

​​​​​​​​​Candidates are encouraged to refer to the appropriate reference materials​ as they prepare for their certification exam.

CPP Reference

The Protection of Assets (POA) and ​​​ASIS Standards and Guidelines comprise the CPP Reference set. The POA is also available on Amazon's Kindle Store by individual volume or as two Kindle books (set one and set two), each containing four POA volumes.

PCI Reference​

Two publications now comprise the PCI reference materials. The Professional Investigator's Manual is available in hardcover or softcover, and in Spanish.​ The Investigations Standard also is a recommended reference.

E-book versions of the Professional Investigator's Manual is available in English and Spanish. ASIS members may download one free copy of the standard; nonmembers may purchase a Download | Softcover | En Espanol

PSP Reference​

Four publications comprise the Reference Set. These can be purchased as a set or individually.

Studying for the PCI and PSP Exams

In 2016, the exam contents for the PCI and PSP were updated through a job analysis study. ASIS conducts these studies every five years with the aid of subject matter experts to ensure that our certification exams always reflect the current knowledge needed to be a successful security professional. The results of the 2016 analysis are now being incorporated into the PCI and PSP exams.

Which Recommended Reference Materials Should Be Used for Studying?

ASIS produces reference materials that we use to validate the correct answers on the exam. These reference materials are also recommended—but not required—to study for the exams. These materials have been updated to reflect the changes to the exam content, however, ASIS has not yet changed the exam questions. If you’ve already purc​hased the older versions of the reference materials, they are still relevant. See explanation.

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Practice Exams

The Practice Exams contain items that once appeared on the actual certification exams but are now retired. Use these practice exams to familiarize yourself with how exam items will appear on the current exam(s).​


Assess Your Readiness to Take the CPP, PCI, and PSP Exam

Download this free publication to learn more about ASIS board certifications, ​assess your eligibility to sit for the exam, identify knowledge strength and weaknesses, plus gain helpful tips to develop a study plan or chapter study group.


​¡Información Importante! Candidatos preparándose para el examen de certificación deben utilizar los materiales de referencia. Para su conveniencia, la mayoría de los materiales de referencia están disponibles en el idioma español. Se recomienda estudiar de los siguientes recursos, Protección de los activos , Manual del investigador , y los Estándares y Guías. Socios de ASIS reciben una descarga gratis de cada estándar y guía.