A crowd of security professionals eager to earn a new certification gathered in Orlando before the official launch of the ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits to attend review courses. Those hoping to earn a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), or Physical Security Professional (PSP) designation attended the reviews at the Peabody Orlando.
The CPP review course drew 132 attendees while the PSP review course boasted 54 participants. The PCI review course had its largest number of participants yet at 24.
Dennis Mott, who works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, traveled from New Jersey to attend the PSP review course. Having already earned a CPP designation, Mott has his eye set on a PSP. “The PSP certification gives me a chance to enhance my knowledge of the industry.”
Mott was pleased with the review course. “The course has great information,” he said. “Some of the course is a refresher for me and is an overview from prior courses, but there is some new information, too. It’s comprehensive…a great deal to absorb.”
This is Mott’s first seminar and exhibits and he is anxious to learn more about the new technology on the exhibit hall floor. “Spending time in the exhibit hall will give me a great opportunity to talk to the experts and learn about the newest products in the field.”
John Manganaro, CPP, who works for the U.S. Coast Guard in Houston, Texas, attended the PSP review as well. He was impressed with the quality of the course. “The presenters are great,” he said. “There is a great deal of information being presented so I’ll be taking time later to review the material myself. I’m taking this as a broad overview of what I need to study.”
Attending his sixth seminar and exhibits, Manganaro hopes to focus his attention on the educational sessions this year. “I’m especially interested in the sessions in the homeland security track,” he said.
Manganaro further notes that the seminar and exhibits provides a perfect forum for those in the private sector and the public sector to compare notes. “I spent 15 years in private industry and 15 years working for the government,” says Manganaro. “And, in both careers I had a totally different perspective. It’s great that people can meet and discuss those differences here.”
Barbara Dominguez, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, traveled to attend the PCI review. She hopes to earn the designation as a way to signal her expertise in the industry. “I am the only female investigator for our organization,” she notes. “I want to make sure that I have both the experience and the credentials to excel in my field.”
This is Dominguez’s first time at the seminar and exhibits and she is excited to attend the educational sessions, especially those in the Women in Security Program. “I am constantly looking to see what new information is available and what other security professionals are doing.”
Also attending the PCI review was Le’Ron Lawrence, CPP, of the U.S. Marines in Dumfries, Virginia. Lawrence, who has been studying on his own, was pleased to have the review course as an overview. “The review has been very informative; well worth my time,” he said.
Attending his fourth seminar and exhibits, Lawrence is looking most forward to seeing what new technology is available and networking with peers. He is focusing this year on access control technology.
Johnny Curtis, of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington, D.C., also traveled to Florida to attend the PCI review. Because this is his first seminar and exhibits, Curtis is hoping to focus his attention on investigations. “I’m researching different types of instigative tools and techniques for investigations, especially background investigations,” he said.
John Lineweaver, a security systems specialist at Florida Power and Light of Juno Beach, Florida, says he’s hoping the PSP review will help him focus his studies a bit better. Attending his fifth seminar and exhibits, Lineweaver is anxious to see the new technology in the exhibit hall. “I’m looking forward to some of the educational talks the suppliers are putting on. I find it so valuable to meet with the folks designing the technology…those engineers who develop the products. I can do that here. Those conversations help us plan our projects for the entire year.”
Lineweaver also looks forward to meeting the broad range of people who gather for the seminar and exhibits. “This morning alone I’ve met people from four different utilities and a homeland security expert. That’s just amazing.”