Certified Threat Manager™

At the 2011 annual strategic planning session held in San Diego, California, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Board of Directors determined the need for a certification program for professionals in the area of threat assessment and threat management.  With threat assessment’s multi-disciplinary approach, the Board felt that it was important to offer a professional certification which allows a person to prove that he or she has the knowledge, experience and skills to perform a specific job. Professional certification provides the proof in the form of a certificate earned by passing an exam that is accredited by an organization or association that monitors and upholds prescribed standards for the particular industry. 

The goal of this certification is to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance by identifying those who strive to be the “best in the business.” These individuals not only have a solid knowledge of the core competencies tested by the examination but are also being committed to maintain current on new trends, research and public policies through continued education to maintain the certification.

Starting in March 2011, the Certification Committee, Subject Matter Experts, Beta Test Takers and other experts, volunteers, board leaders and staff have put in hundreds if not thousands of hours creating the Certified Threat Manager certification in a thoughtful, comprehensive, science/research-driven professional certification.  Included in this process was identifying core competencies, identifying KSA (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities), writing test questions, reviewing test questions and identifying references and resources needed to study for the certification.  In addition, the Certification Committee had to develop the qualification criteria, application process and the certification program’s policies and procedures.  This massive undertaking in a very methodical way to ensure the Certified Threat Manager certification could ultimately be approved for the National Association for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) certification. The highest standard for professional certification programs.

In April 2015, after four years of development, ATAP’s Certified Threat Manager certification program is available for candidates to apply for eligibility to sit for the examination.  The examination will be offered in conjunction with the ATAP Spring Regional and Threat Management Conference as well as chapter meetings.  CTM examination dates and locations will be available on the ATAP website or request information by emailing casmith@atapworldwide.org.

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Many of the resources listed in the above documents can be found publicly available on our education page, and for members, our Member Only Resources page.

Interested in becoming a Certified Threat Manager? Read what those that have taken the exam are saying on our testimonial page!

If you have questions about ATAP’s Certified Threat Manager certification program please email certification@atapworldwide.org or call Catherine Smith at ATAP’s headquarters (916) 231-2146.