A Look at ASIS International’s Certification Offerings
For over 15 years, Emblez Longoria has served as a senior security consultant for Verizon Communications in New Jersey. Over the course of his career, Emblez Longoria has earned several security certifications, including the Physical Security Professional and Certified Protection Professional certifications from ASIS International. He also served on the group’s Professional Certification Board.
Dedicated to advancing security worldwide, ASIS International offers four certification programs for professionals working in the security industry. Earning an ASIS credential validates a professional’s security management expertise and can lead to career advancement and increased earnings.
The Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is recognized as the gold standard certification in the security industry. Earning a CPP requires that applicants demonstrate knowledge in all areas of security management. Applicants are also required to have several years of security experience, including a minimum of three years in a leadership role.
ASIS International’s other three designations are the Physical Security Professional (PSP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), and Associate Protection Professional (APP) certifications. PSP is for professionals with experience in physical security assessment and application, PCI is for investigators experienced with case management and evidence collection, and APP is designed for early-career security managers.
A Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP), Emblez Longoria claims more than two decades of experience in the security field. In 1988, Mr. Longoria enlisted with the New Jersey State Police, working his way up to Senior Trooper before retiring in 2003. In this role, Mr. Longoria served as an advanced crash investigator, a crime- and loss-prevention officer, and undercover agent, in addition to handling complex cases. He also was named a Squad Leader, supervising eight other officers.
From 2002 to 2008, Emblez Longoria acted as a Certification Board Member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Crime and Loss Prevention Council of ASIS International. While with the council, Mr. Longoria established a number of committees tasked with outlining security guidelines and best practices, among other contributions. In 2004, Mr. Longoria joined Verizon Communications Inc. as a Senior Security Consultant. He now assists with the protection of corporate assets and participates in a number of special security projects.
Emblez Longoria graduated summa cum laude from Rosemont College with a Bachelor's degree in Management in 2003 and expects to receive his Master’s degree in Management in December 2011.
An outdoorsman, Emblez Longoria enjoys backpacking, hiking, hunting, and fishing in his leisure time. He also frequently tests and reviews outdoor equipment. Mr. Longoria resides in Pennsylvania. Mr. Longoria has supported a number of nonprofit organizations, including The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., and The Hunger Project.
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