Move forward and get the seal of approval

The Certified Close Protection Agent® (CCPA) is a professional accreditation program designed for those protection agents who are dedicated to improving their professional development. Everyone knows that MD following an individual’s name means he or she is a medical doctor. And CPA signifies the individual has met standards and fulfilled requirements to be a certified public accountant. The stringent criteria for the CCPA® certification will benefit you by showing employers and your colleagues your proven competence in the personal protection field.

As in all Certifications conducted by IAPPA, it is not enough to have attended a close protection course to receive be eligible for CCPA. As a global organization for uniform, high standards in the security industry, we only certify experienced personal protection agents and/or others that are involved in close protection operations


The IAPPA-Certified Close Protection Agent® (CCPA) is a “seal of approval” that shows that you are a skilled close protection operator and this assessment starts at the moment you apply for membership. This is why we decided to keep CCPA Certification exclusive for IAPPA members.


Why should I become certified?


Security professionals from all over the world have to prove their skills when applying for a close protection job. The certification is a formal recognition provided by an internationally known organization. That endorses your proficiency in close protection operations and that your experience and training have been reviewed by the IAPPA Certification Board. The board consists of security experts and law enforcement professionals with countless years of experience from high-level close protection details.

People seek a Certified Personal Protection Agent® certification for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Personal satisfaction

  • Recognition from colleagues

  • Advancement Opportunities

Being a distinguished organization, we regularly receive inquiries from high-profile clients that need recommendations from the CCPA database for their region. 

How do I become certified?


In order to become an IAPPA Certified Close Protection Agent®, the applicant must have documented experience in close protection operations (executive protection and/or vip security) and provide the certification board with references and information about past and present clients, training and experience.


Candidates wishing to take the IAPPA Certification as Certified Close Protection Agent® must satisfy the following minimum requirements:


Minimum of Four (4) years proven full-time employment experience or Six (6) years part-time from the Close Protection Operations field. This can be in a local, national or private security organization that provides close protection, corporate security (executive protection), entertainment and vip security services.


Have completed specialized security and/or law enforcement/armed forces training in close protection. Please contact us if you are uncertain about your formal training background.


The applicant must not have been convicted of any criminal offense that would reflect negatively on the Personal Protection Agent profession, the IAPPA, or the certification program.


* The CCPA program is available only to IAPPA members. If you want to know more about a membership with the International Association of Personal Protection Agents, follow this link.



Price for the CCPA® Certificate

  • US$99 

If you are interested in getting the CCPA® Certification, please fill out the form below or contact our Headquarters directly.

CCPA® Certification Request
I want to get my credentials verified and certified by IAPPA

Important: This is a binding commitment. If your application is approved, you will be invoiced and will have 5 days to complete payment. Failing to do so will result in an automatic rejection of your application and a 3-year ban in the association. We are serious professionals and only work with serious professionals.

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