You are always more than welcome to contact us if you have any questions about our organization, membership, training courses.
Please read our FAQ before contacting us (last updated June 2013)
Question: Does taking an I.A.P.P.A (or I.A.P.P.A recognized) course guarantee close protection and/or other types of VIP security work?
Answer: No, I.A.P.P.A makes no promises about getting into the Close Protection Industry, we are not a job-placement agency. Anyone claiming to provide graduates from private sector security training centres with work after having completed one of their courses is most likely not telling the truth. We strongly recommend that you avoid such providers of specialized security training.
Question: Does becoming an I.A.P.P.A member help me get into the Close Protection industry?
Answer: Perhaps, becoming a member of an international organization that has been “on the map” since 1989 can help you boost your resume and at the same time show others that you are a dedicated and serious security professional.
Question: I feel that I have something important to offer I.A.P.P.A can I get involved?
Answer: YES, we are always interested in people that want to promote I.A.P.P.A and our concept(s). I.A.P.P.A is for the members and by the members.
Question: How much does it cost to start an I.A.P.P.A chapter?
Answer: NOTHING, we do not sell I.A.P.P.A as a franchise. We (The Board of Directors) select individuals that have been with us for some time and at the same time shown that they are dedicated to I.A.P.P.A the opportunity to become regional or local representatives. Some later become national or regional directors.
Question: I own and operate my own security agency and I would like to promote myself as a professional vendor of specialized security services. Can I sign up with I.A.P.P.A as corporate member/sponsor?
Answer: Perhaps, It depends if you live up to the I.A.P.P.A standards for corporate membership. We are not selling advertisement space/affiliation in the form of corporate membership (listing on our website) to anyone that is willing to throw money at us. This may sound unbelievable but this is the way that we run our association.
Question: You say on your website that I.A.P.P.A is a non-profit organization, but why do I have to pay to become a member?
Answer: We are always in need of funds. We use a large portion of our membership dues for payment of webspace (Internet Service Providers), international and long distance calls to and from our members and associates, upgrade of our websites and technology etc.
Question: I have written to I.A.P.P.A and I have not heard anything?
Answer: All members of I.A.P.P.A Management work pro-bono, this means that mail answering, and all I.A.P.P.A related work is done for free by our Board of Directors. Please give us a 4-5 days to get back in touch, normally we reply within 24-hours.
Question: Does I.A.P.P.A membership qualify me as a personal protection agent/security professional all over the world?
Answer: NO, having completed an I.A.P.P.A course or having membership in I.A.P.P.A or any other security organization for that matter, does not bypass regional, local or national security industry acts. In the UK you need your SIA license, in the USA you have to work in accordance with your local state laws that regulate personal protection operations. In the EU you have to respect each member nations national security industry acts. No such thing as an international security license for private sector security professionals does exist. Every year security professionals from all over the world end up in serious legal problems because they failed to respect local and national security industry acts.
Question: Does membership in I.A.P.P.A allow me to carry weapons?
Answer: NO, there is no such thing as a “international weapons permit”. The usage and possession of firearms and other weapons can have severe consequences. In some countries of the world, private security officers are legally permitted to use and carry weapons while on duty, but this rule does only apply to national private security officers. Other nations have a much stricter policy on this issue. We strongly recommend that these laws are respected and taken seriously prior to international transportation of weapons of any sort. Failing to do so, can and will most likely result in criminal prosecution. Some countries regard personal self defence items as weapons this can be items such as; handcuffs, ballistic vests, pepper sprays (OC) or batons. Others regard the usage of ordinary two-way radios as criminal and suspicious activity that can result in deportation or criminal investigation. Never assume anything when it comes to weapons.
Question: Why do you provide your members with a PDF rather than a physical certificate/proof of membership?
Answer: We do this for several reasons the most important being control and document security. By using PDF files we provide our members with a document that has a timestamp and a security code that can be verified on our website. PDF files are also easy to attach when our members are submitting resumes etc. to potential employers. Last but not least it would increase membership fees/dues drastically if we maintain paper certificates. If you need a paper certificate – print it yourself and frame it.
Question: Do you sell I.A.P.P.A badges and ID cards?
Answer: NO, we don’t sell or market badges or ID cards as they don’t have any legal value or recognized international status. Some organizations sell Law Enforcement style badges/shields we are against this policy.
Question: Is I.A.P.P.A Membership recognized by any country or organization?
Answer: Yes, some countries fore instance in the Middle East require that security consultants (Close Protection Agents) and security managers have proven membership in an international security or law enforcement organization. I.A.P.P.A is such an organization, and we have members in such countries. Thus I.A.P.P.A is recognized in some countries of the world as a respected and serious security association.
Question: Does anyone actually benefit form networking?
Answer: Yes, It depends on you and you alone. If you want to network, and get involved with I.A.P.P.A doors can open. But networking is also sharing, it is a process that takes time and trust. Some of our members are on linkedin.com, facebook etc. and they connect with each other.
Question: What does PPA, CPA, CPO or EPS stand for? and how do you decide what is what?
Answer: Good question, different organizations call their graduates different things. Very few organizations actually use the word bodyguard, instead most organizations call their members/graduates for agents, operators, specialist and so on. It is the organization it self that decides what terminology it uses, and we respect that some call themselves Close Protection Agents, Executive Protection Specialists, Close Protection Officers. I.A.P.P.A has many members with many different backgrounds. Fore instance some members have served with the armed forces in MP branches, they have perhaps undergone months and months of intensive training in Close Protection Operations, but they do not nessesarily have a diploma that clearly says Executive Protection Specialist, in these situations we look at the training and duration of actual close protection experience, types of assignments before granting them a title.
Question: What are the most common titles used by people in close protection operations?
Answer: Please see the list below (this is not a complete list)
PPA, Personal Protection Agent
PSA, Protective Service Agent
CPP, Certified Protection Professional (ASIS)
PSP, Physical Security Professional (ASIS)
CPA, Close Protection Agent
CPO, Close Protection Officer
CPO, Close Protection Operator
EPS, Executive Protection Specialist
EPA, Executive Protection Agent
ESA, Executive Security Agent
ESA, Executive Security Assistant
PPS, Personal Protection Specialist
PPO, Personal Protection Operator
PPO, Personal Protection Officer
CSA, Corporate Security Agent
The above mentioned titles are the most common used by our members, some associations use other titles and we continue to integrate these in IAPPA.
Question: I have been trained by another organization than yours and I want to become certified? Is this possible?
Answer: Yes we can and we do, however there are some associations that we do not accept or recognize, they are very few and limited.
If you have been trained by organization X, and your title is EPS – Executive Protection Specialist the certification board can certify you as Certified Close Protection Agent or Certified Personal Protection Agent. Please read more about certification.
Question: I have no formal hands-on training in the close protection field, but I have many years of experience, can I become certified?
Answer: Perhaps. Most people that apply without formal training, are denied certification. But some individuals have proven experience and “know-how” in close protection operations, they are granted the opportunity to become certified. But they mostly provide evidence to the certification board that clearly shows that they are worthy of the title “Certified Close Protection Agent”. You do not get the title just because you are willing to pay for it, you have to earn it.