Certified Security Professional (CSP) Program
program shall be administered by the Board of Directors of the
California Association of Licensed Investigators. The Board of
Directors, in accordance with the Bylaws of the Association, may
designate an individual or committee to administer the program.
Use of Designation
designations Certified Security Professional, or the abbreviations CSP,
may be used only by a designee who is certified under the provisions of
this program. Upon termination of the certification, use of the
designations or their abbreviations shall be discontinued.
certification is not to be considered permanent and will continue only
as long as the certified member continues and sustains the designation
as set forth by the Association.
The applicant must be a licensed Private Patrol Operator or the
equivalent designation in her or his jurisdiction to qualify for the
Certified Security Profesional designation.
● If the applicant is a
licensed Private Patrol Operator in the State of California, she or he
must have been licensed for a minimum of three consecutive years
immediately preceding application for certification.
● If the
applicant resides outside the State of California, and is not licensed
in California, she or he must have been qualified under the respective
laws or regulations in her or his jurisdiction to operate as a Private
Patrol Operator, for a minimum of three consecutive years immediately
preceding application for certification.
● Proof of licensure, or
its equivalent in non-licensing jurisdictions, must be submitted with
the original application for certification.
● The applicant must accumulate ten (10) CPI/CSP credits to qualify.
Classifications of Certification
will be no distinction or classes of certification except that those
who, upon reaching their seventieth birthday, and are currently
certified, shall be entitled to "Life" certification. Such
classification will be exempt from the re-certification requirements and
all fees shall be waived.
completed application shall indicate compliance with the licensing
qualifications as set forth in this program, and shall include proof of
licensure, or its equivalent if outside the State of California; shall
provide proof of the required CSP credits; and all applicable fees.
the application is incomplete, the application, along with
documentation and fees, will be returned for revision and resubmission.
examination shall be prepared by the Board of Directors or its
designees. There shall be a separate examination for the Certified
Security Professional designation. The examination shall be administered
a minimum of once a year.
Each examination shall consist
of a minimum of 150 questions relative to the security profession. The
examination may focus on the laws and regulations of California and the
United States and may also include questions of general security
knowledge and professional conduct. In preparing the examination, the
source of the question and the answer shall be noted. The test questions
will be multiple choice. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the
The examination shall be reviewed every two years, commencing January 2012, by the Board of Directors or its designee(s).
may be scheduled for the applicant's failure to successfully pass the
test or failure to take a scheduled test. There is no limit to the
number of times an applicant can take the exam. A re-examination fee
shall be charged for each re-examination. If the applicant fails the
test, re-examination will be automatically scheduled for the next
The re-examination fee shall not be
charged if the applicant provides notice to the Association within at
least ten (10) business days of the scheduled examination that she or he
will not be taking the scheduled examination.
appeal may be made based on a contention that the test or scoring is
inaccurate. The appeal must be made in writing within 30 days of
receiving the test results, and must be made to the President of the
Association. The Association President will have the authority to make a
determination of the validity of the appeal, and shall advise the
appellant in writing within 30 days of the filing of the appeal of her
or his decision.
If the appeal is denied, the appellant may
then request the Board of Directors to review the matter. Such request
must be made in writing within 30 days of receiving the decision of the
President, and shall be scheduled for review of the Board of Directors
at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
CSP Designees, except Life designees, shall renew their designation
biennially. Renewal must be completed within thirty days of the
notification of renewal, on the designated form, accompanied by proof of
earned CSP credits, and must meet all licensing, credit, and fee
Non-compliance shall result in the revocation
of the certification designation. Restoration may be made by the
Association upon written request and upon proof of satisfying all of the
A CSP designee must achieve five (5)
credits - for each designation during the biennial renewal period.
Credits may not be carried forward from previous renewal periods.
qualify for the CSP certification one must accumulate ten (10) credits.
To renew, one must accumulate five (5) credits every two years. Credits
will not be carried forward from previous renewal periods.
Determination of qualifying credit(s) will be made by the CSP chair
and/or President of the Association.
Continuing education credits may be earned in the following ways:
One (1) Credit
Two (2) Credits
Three (3) Credits
● Attend two District Meetings
● Attend two Board Meetings
● Governor Term
● Committee Member Term
● MCLE Credits
● Related CE Credits
● Leg Day Attendance
● Conference Speaker
● CPI Seminar Attendance
● NLITE Trainer
● Related Certification
● Board Member Term
● Bachelors Degree
● Instructor at any accredited University or College. Instruction must be related to the security or investigations field.
● Publication of article on CALI website, CALI Newsletter, CALI Journal
● Article in recognized national publication related to investigations or security.
● Attend a Conference
● CALI President Term
● JD, Masters, or PhD
● Publication of bound book related to investigations or security field.
Certification program fees shall be established by the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors has established the following fees for CALI members:
the original application fee for each certification is $170 $85; the biennial renewal fee is $50 for each designation; the re-examination fee is $40; and the reinstatement fee is $40 for each designation.
Board of Directors has established the following fees for non-CALI
members: the original application fee for each certification is $350;
the biennial renewal fee is $100 for each designation; the
re-examination fee is $40; and the reinstatement fee is $40 for each
contained in the application for certification and related documents, as
well as test questions and answers and test scores, will not be
disclosed or divulged. In the event of an appeal, the records will not
be destroyed until the appeal is resolved.
written test will consist of a minimum of 150 questions dealing with
professional ethics, licensing guidelines, state and federal laws,
surveillance, investigation techniques, laws relating to privacy,
managing an office, tax concerns and obligations, client relations,
sources of information, state codes pertaining to PI's, legal
terminology and court testimony. The test covers both civil and criminal
investigations, plaintiff and defense sides.
Certification Test for Certified Professional Investigator (CPI) and
Certified Security Professional (CSP) will be administered in
conjunction with CALI’s Annual Conference.
Additional testing times may be scheduled in districts throughout the coming year
Study Guide - CSP
● Private Investigator's Act [Business & Professions Code Sections 7512-7573]
● Business & Professions Code [Sections 660, 148.9]
● Legal Terms [Black's Law Dictionary]
● California Workers' Compensation Handbook (Herlick) [Chapters 6-8, 12-14)
● EDD Employer Tax Guide
● Bill of Rights [U.S. Constitution]
● Penal Code [Sections 490.5, 939, 976, 12050, 1466, 602, 626.8]
● Civil Code of Regulations [Title 16, Chapter 7, Section 607]
Protection of Assets Manual [Chapter 4, pages 4-28; Chapter 8, pages
8-19; Chapter 9, pages 9-4; Chapter 10, Part II, pages 10-29; Chapter
11, Theft & Fraud; Chapter 33, Part I, pages 33-39.]
will be questions dealing with professional ethics, licensing
guidelines, state and federal laws, surveillance, investigation
techniques, laws relating to privacy, managing an office, tax concerns
and obligations, client relations, sources of information, state codes
pertaining to PPO's, and legal terminology.
complete application shall include proof of licensure, or the
equivalent in your jurisdiction if outside the state of California,
written documentation of your earned credits and applicable fees.
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CPI/CSP application form
CPI/CSP renewal form
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