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IFCPP Provides the Certification Standard for Cultural Property Protection Professionals

The IFCPP offers the only professional certification for individuals responsible for cultural property protection. Our multi-tiered program provides training and certification for frontline security officers as well as their supervisors and managers. Our training and certification programs are also applicable for law enforcement officers, administrators, facility managers, human resources staff, curators, registrars, librarians, art handlers, visitor services, volunteer coordinators, and others who wish to gain crucial information and education about the latest methods available in protecting cultural, educational, and public institutions.

IFCPP uses a Learning Management System (LMS) to manage and deliver our cutting-edge online training programs. The LMS Platform is separate from the IFCPP website. You will need to set up a separate log-in for the LMS site. We hope to offer a single sign-on system in the future. Learn more about our LMS here

Our primary certification programs include:

CIPS - 1 Day

The Certified Institutional Protection Specialist (CIPS) program is designed for line officers and other staff responsible for the protection of a cultural or related institution. READ MORE

Available via:
Live training - $200.00
Online coursework - $200.00 *
DVD correspondence course - See Price List

*Online coursework requires IFCPP Membership. You can not access the course without it.

CVRS - Online ONLY

The Certified Visitor Relations Specialist (CVRS) program is designed for line officers and other frontline staffpromoting guest-friendly security and customer service engagement. Offered as a stand-alone certification program or a supplement to the CIPS basic officer certification course.

Our newest certification offering! Hosted on IFCPP's brand new Learning Management System, online training platform. READ MORE

Available via:
Online training - $150  per participant ($135 for IFCPP Members with coupon code or $95 when purchased as a CIPS supplement), additional discounts available for IFCPP Members and multiple student enrollment.

CISS - live only (2 days)

The Certified Institutional Security Supervisor (CISS) program is designed for security supervisors responsible for the protection of a cultural or related institution. READ MORE

Available via:
Live training
- $600.00

CIPM I & II - 1 Day Each

The Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM & CIPM II) programs are designed for those managers, directors, administrators and others responsible for the protection of a cultural or related institution. 

Available via:
Live training - $250.00 & $295.00

Online coursework - $250.00*

*Online coursework requires IFCPP MembershipYou can not access the course without it.

CIPI - Live only (2-3 Days)

The Certified Institutional Protection Instructor (CIPI) program is IFCPP’s train-the-trainer course designed for qualified trainers & instructors. This program provides all coursework and materials required for instruction of CIPS basic officer certification courses.

Available via:
Live training - $875.00


The Certified Institutional Protection Technician (CIPT) program is designed for qualified alarm, computer, communications, and other technology experts working full-time in a cultural property protection or related environment, with primary responsibilities in technology-based duties and disciplines.

Please contact us for details and application procedures.


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