Maintaining CSPM Certification
After becoming certified, to maintain the certification a CSPM must pay annual certification maintenance fees and recertify every three years. In addition, CSPMs are required to abide by the Code of Professional Ethics (see below). Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including revocation of the credential.
Keeping your contact information current is a condition of certification. Email is the primary mode of communication between SIA and CSPM credential holders (contact email@example.com to obtain CSPM information). Name and contact information changes must be done within your candidate record. Failure to update contact information may result in delays in receiving critical certification-related information.
Certification Maintenance Fees
The annual certification maintenance fee is $40.00 US due in each of the three years of the certification cycle. If these fees are not paid in a timely manner, recertification will not be permitted. Contact SIA’s education department at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about your dues or certification status.
Annual certification maintenance fees provide the certification program with the financial resources necessary to ensure that certification continues to meet the needs and requirements of the market and that the program can continue to function on the behalf of credential holders.
In order to promote continuing competence, in the third year of the certification cycle, CSPMs must recertify in order to maintain their certification. As the security industry continues to evolve it is vital that CSPMs stay informed of best practices and new technology in order to promote competency and consistent provision of the duties of a CSPM.
CSPMs may elect to recertify by retaking the certification exam (application and testing fees apply) or through Continuing Professional Education (CPE).
To recertify through CPE credits, CSPMs must earn a minimum of 60 credits over the course of the three-year certification cycle as follows:
- 30 Type A Credits - Direct Security Project Management Activities.
Type A credits are earned by completing activities that relate directly to the security project management profession. These activities must be directly focused on the areas covered by the six domains of the CSPM examination specifications.
- 30 Type B Credits - Professional Skills Activities.
Type B credits are earned by completing activities which enhance the credential holder's overall competency. These activities include professional speaking engagements or completion of management or self-improvement courses, seminars, etc. While these may not apply directly to the field of security project management, SIA recognizes these skills are important for the growth of all professional project managers.
Credits can be submitted via the CPE Submission form.
All certification maintenance fees and any accrued late fees are due prior to consideration for recertification.
CSPM Code of Professional Ethics
The following Code of Professional Ethics is intended to guide the conduct of CSPM credential holders. CSPMs must abide by the Code of Professional Ethics; failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including revocation of the credential.
CSPM certification holders shall:
- Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
- Refrain from engaging in activities for inappropriate personal gain at the expense of customers, employers, or the profession as a whole.
- Serve all members of the public impartially, providing no special privilege or substandard service based upon age, race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Perform duties with objectivity, due diligence, and professional care in accordance with professional standards.
- Maintain the highest standard of personal and professional conduct.
- Act for each employer or customer as a faithful agent or trustee.
- Serve in the interest of stakeholders in a lawful manner, while maintaining high standards of conduct and character, and not discrediting the profession, the
- CSPM credential, or the Security Industry Association.
- Support the implementation of and encourage compliance with appropriate standards and procedures for the effective management of security projects and technology, including the installation, implementation, control, monitoring and risk management of each project.
- Maintain the privacy and confidentiality of information obtained in the course of their activities unless disclosure is required by legal authority. Such information shall not be used for personal benefit or released to inappropriate parties.
- Provide accurate and truthful representations concerning qualifications, experience, and performance of work.
- Be accurate and truthful in all dealings with customers and be careful not to misrepresent the quality, availability, or ability of his/her services.
- Inform appropriate parties of the results of work performed, without the omission of significant facts that, if not disclosed, would distort the reporting of the results.
- Cooperate with SIA concerning ethics violations and the collection of related information.
- Maintain competency in the field of security project management and agree to undertake only those activities he/she can reasonably expect to complete with the necessary skills, knowledge, and competence.
- Support the professional education of stakeholders in enhancing their understanding of the management of security projects.
Failure to comply with the Code of Professional Ethics can result in an investigation into a certification holder's conduct and ultimately in disciplinary measures.