Homeland Protection Certification
The lines separating the responsibilities of emergency response disciplines were blurred after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. To address these newly melded responsibilities, the profession of Homeland Security was created. Ten years later, there is a recognized need for responders from all disciplines, to include both public sector responders and private sector security professionals to have the knowledge, skills and abilities that allow them to participate in Homeland Protection related activities.
Homeland Protection activities are common to both the public and private sector and include prevention, preparedness, protection, mitigation, response and recovery from, “all hazards” including terrorism.
"Employers must know that their employees and prospective employees have demonstrated competency in the area of Homeland Protection."
The Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) and Certified Homeland Protection Associate (CHPA) certification programs were established by the National Sheriffs’ Association in partnership with the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition, through the Global Center for Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability. The designations certify that individuals have demonstrated competency, knowledge, skills and abilities in the blended discipline of Homeland Protection, through a rigorous qualification and testing program.
The Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) designation was established to ensure that an individual who possesses the designation has the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to be considered a professional in the area of homeland protection.
Those who hold the Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) designation are prepared to help their organizations prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from all hazards. They have demonstrated competency, knowledge, skills and abilities in the blended discipline area of Homeland Protection and have completed a rigorous qualification and testing program. Homeland Protection Professionals must have a predetermined blend of experience and education, show completed course work in the knowledge areas required by the Certification Board.
Those who hold the Certified Homeland Protection Associate (CHPA) designation have demonstrated that through course work and testing, they are prepared to begin a career in the area of Homeland Security. CHPA candidates must be current students or have graduated from an accredited college or university. They must have completed course work in predetermined areas relating to Homeland Protection which are determined by the Certification Board, and take an online course and pass the Homeland Protection Associate test.
The CHPP and CHPA are backed by a certification board that consists of recognized leaders in the Homeland Protection Arena. Board members include law enforcement leaders, private industry security professionals, homeland security leadership, fire service leadership, emergency management leadership, and health and medical professionals. The certification board reviews all Certified Homeland Security Professional requirements and ensures that they meet the highest standard. The Board Certification provides an objective means of distinguishing highly competent homeland protection professionals from their less experienced peers.