Getting Started

Demand is high for qualified sports safety and security professionals. The ANSI accredited CSSP certification validates and endorses your sport and event security management expertise. Earning the CSSP is a professional achievement that ensures you remain current and knowledgeable in the industry, and provides you with credibility among your peers and within your organization. Becoming CSSP certified provides a way to build off previous security experience, demonstrate a commitment to professional development, strengthen relationships with peers, and expand your career opportunities. To get started, click on the dropdown menus below!



To apply for the CSSP, click on the APPLY NOW button and start your online application.  Consult the CSSP Candidate Handbook for eligibility criteria.

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Application Fee: $495

If your application is denied for any reason, you will receive a refund of your application fee minus a $100 nonrefundable processing fee.

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Computer-Based Exam

Test Center Fee: $90 (paid directly to PSI at time of registration)

Paper and Pencil-Based Exams

NCS⁴ offers a paper and pencil-based exam administration for eligible candidates during the annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition at no cost. Spots are limited. Must pre-register to guarantee a seat in the exam room.

If your application is approved and you fail to schedule and take the exam within the two-year eligibility period, you will forfeit both the application and testing fee. You may file for an extension of your candidacy for consideration by the Certification Commission.

The CSSP exam is offered year-round through our partners at PSI Talent Measurement (formally PAN).

Once NCS⁴ approves your application, you will receive an email with instructions to schedule an examination appointment at a test center nearest to you. PSI has hundreds of test centers available throughout the United States and Canada.

If you have a disability or need special accommodations, please check the PSI website at www.psionline.com or contact the NCS⁴ Certification Department at CertificationSupport@usm.edu for assistance, prior to your test appointment.

We provide a list of recommended training courses and study materials to help you prepare for your exam. The authoritative references are used by our item writing committee to reference each correct answer on the examination. This list is intended for use as a study aid only and does not guarantee success on the exam. You will need to apply your own knowledge and expertise to answer correctly.

The NCS⁴ offers an in-person certification review course to help you prepare for you study for your exam. The Review Course is a one-day intensive session that covers the six knowledge domains of the CSSP exam. Each module provides participants with a renewed understanding of the terms, rules, principles, concepts and procedures applicable to the work performed by sport safety and security professionals. Practice test questions with immediate feedback help you identify areas for further study and assess your readiness to take the actual exam.

If you are unable to attend one of our upcoming courses, you can now purchase the CSSP Review Course Guidebook to assist in self-study.

Review Course Costs

Course Enrollment: $349 (Guidebook included)

Guidebook Only: $295

COURSE SCHEDULE PURCHASE GUIDEBOOK

Test Admission Procedures

You need to arrive at the test room fifteen (15) minutes prior to the beginning of your test appointment to allow time for the check-in process. If you are more than fifteen (15) minutes late, you will not be permitted to test. Please be sure to take care of any personal needs before appointment check-in.

Testing Center Rules

The following are the rules enforced at all test administrations:

  • Upon arrival, you will be required to present one official, valid piece of identification that meets the following requirements:
    • The ID must be issued by Federal or State Government and must be a Driver's License, U.S. State Issued ID Card, U.S. Passport, U.S. Military ID, U.S. Resident Card/Green Card, U.S. Employment Authorization/Document, U.S. Government issued Visa, U.S. Territory ID (Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.)
    • The ID must bear a PHOTO.
    • The ID must be original. No photocopies or faxes will be accepted.
    • The ID must also be current and legible. Current ID is only valid through the expiration date printed on it.
    • The ID must contain an identical name when compared with the name listed on this scheduling site. If you need to make a change, please do so now by accessing your Profile and editing your personal information. If you arrive at the test center without and ID that meets the above requirements, you will not be permitted to test.

If you fail to bring the proper identification, you will not be allowed to take the exam and will forfeit the exam fee. Please download and review full list of Test Center Rules.

You will receive your official exam score from NCS⁴ with 7-10 business days (those taking the paper and pencil-based exam will receive results two to three weeks after the exam). You will receive a preliminary pass/fail email from PSI after submitting your exam and the NCS⁴ Certification Department will email your official exam results.

Consult the Candidate Handbook for information on the exam cut score and score reports.

The Certified Sport Security Professional must pursue continuing education and professional development in order to maintain their credentials.

All candidates are required to fulfill 90 credits per certification term and submit proper forms to verify their credits. All activities must relate to sport and event security management as defined by the content specifications of the relevant examination, including: Business & Facility Management; Emergency Planning; Emergency Management; Legal & Regulatory; Crowd Management; and Security Principles & Practices.

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Statement of Non-Discrimination

NCS⁴ endorses the principles of equal opportunity. Eligibility criteria for examination and certification are applied equally to all individuals regardless of age, race, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, or disability.

Fairness and Impartiality

The NCS⁴ constructs policies and guidelines that monitor actual and/or perceived threats to impartiality on an ongoing basis. These policies cover the applicants, candidates and certified persons as well as certification ownership, governance, management systems, personnel, finances, contractual agreements and other activities that may potentially influence the certification scheme.