Getting Started🔗

Applying for CSSP🔗

Click on the APPLY NOW button to start your online application. Please note that the application will be down for regular maintenance on the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 - 7:15 p.m. Central time. Consult the CSSP Candidate Handbook for eligibility criteria. Download the CSSP Policies and Procedures Manual to review governance for the CSSP certification.

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Fees🔗

Application Fee: $495

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

Computer-Based Exam

Test Center Fee: $90 (paid directly to Talogy/PSI when registering)

Paper and Pencil-Based Exams

The NCS⁴ offers a paper and pencil-based exam for eligible candidates during the annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition with no test center fee. Please submit your application materials three to four months in advance of the conference to allow enough time to evaluate your application and ship your testing materials to the conference location if you qualify to take the exam.

Spots are limited and pre-registration is required to guarantee a seat in the exam room. A registration form will be sent to eligible candidates several months before the conference.

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

Scheduling an Exam Appointment🔗

The CSSP exam is offered year-round in partnership with Talogy/PSI Talent Management.

You will receive an email with instructions to schedule an exam appointment at a test center nearest to you once the NCS4 approves your application. Talogy/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 Talogy/PSI website at www.psionline.com or contact the NCS⁴ Certification Department at CertificationSupport@usm.edu for assistance prior to your test appointment.

Preparing for the Exam🔗

The NCS4 offers the Senior Leaders Course, which can help you prepare for the exam and includes practice questions. Please note that this course does not cover all of the exam content.

Review Course Cost: $199

Taking the Exam🔗

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

Please download and review the full list of Test Center Rules.

Upon arrival, you will be required to present one official, valid piece of photo identification (ID) that meets the following requirements:

  • The ID must be issued by a 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.
  • The ID must bear a photo.
  • The ID must be original. Photocopies, photos, faxes, or other reproductions will not be accepted.
  • The ID must be current and legible. Current ID is valid through the expiration date printed on it.
  • The ID must contain a name identical to what you used on your application and to register for the exam. If you need to make a change, please do so now by editing your personal information on your CSSP application profile.

You will not be permitted to test and will forfeit the exam fee if you arrive at the testing center without an ID that meets the aforementioned requirements.

Exam Results🔗

The NCS4 will provide your official exam score within 30 days of taking the exam. You will receive a preliminary pass/fail email from Talogy/PSI after submitting your exam. The NCS4 Certification Department will email your official exam results.

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

Recertification🔗

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

Certificants are required to complete 90 credits per certification term and submit the required verification documentation. All activities must relate to sport and event security management as defined by the content specifications of the exam: Business and Facility Management, Emergency Planning, Emergency Management, Legal and Regulatory, Crowd Management, and Security Principles and Practices.

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Statement of Non-Discrimination

The NCS⁴ adheres to principles of fairness and due process and endorses the principles of equal opportunity. In administering the certification program, the NCS⁴ does not discriminate or deny opportunity to anyone on the grounds of gender, race, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, 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.