Welcome to the IAPPA!


The International Association of Personal Protection Agents was founded in 1989 in the United States of America. The purpose of the IAPPA at that time was the connection of bodyguards worldwide. In this network, they could exchange ideas, train together, seek further education, and develop uniform standards for personal protection around the World.

Today, more than 30 years later, IAPPA has more than 700 members in over 30 countries around the world. Among them are escort and close protection officers, event security managers, security experts for corporate security, military units, royal personal protection commandos, police units, security academies, and internationally operating security consultants.

Furthermore, IAPPA has developed a unique process of certification for close protection agents and several other security professions.

„Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.“ 


Henry Ford

With more than three decades of expertise and a team of security experts worldwide, IAPPA continues to design and push for consistent and high-quality standards as well as training in many areas of security. The organization accredits private and official security and police academies around the globe and certifies training and further education for those who already have professional experience and want to break new ground.

IAPPA strengthens, promotes and establishes the profession of „security“ every day.

Since 2018, IAPPA headquarters has been located in Germany. All activities of the association worldwide are coordinated and organized by a specialized and professional team operating from there. An addition to the newly created Training & Education Division, with its own online academy, IAPPA also has its own close protection team and a highly-specialized department for crisis and emergency management in organizations. Since 2021, the IAPPA has been a founding member of the United International Security Associations.  


The IAPPA - competence in security!

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