Certified Threat Manager

Certified Threat Manager

In 2011, the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Board of Directors determined the need for a threat assessment and management professional certification program. 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 role as part of a threat assessment and management team. Professional certification provides the proof in the form of a certificate earned by passing an exam accredited by an organization or association that monitors and upholds prescribed standards for the industry.

The goal of this certification is to elevate professional standards and 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 committed to remaining abreast of new trends, research and public policies thereby maintaining certification.

The Certification Committee, Subject Matter Experts, Beta Test Takers and other experts, volunteers, board leaders and staff have spent countless hours creating the Certified Threat Manager certification in a thoughtful, comprehensive, science/research-driven way. The process included: identifying core competencies, identifying KSAs (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 methodical undertaking will assist ATAP in gaining approval for its Certified Threat Manager (CTM) certification from the National Association for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the highest standard for professional certification programs.

In April 2015, ATAP’s Certified Threat Manager certification program became available for candidates. Candidates must first apply for eligibility to sit for the examination, which will continually be offered at ATAP Spring Regional and Threat Management Conferences. Local chapter offerings may also be available. CTM examination dates and locations will be available on the ATAP website or request information by emailing emoore@atapworldwide.org.


For the benefit of applicants’ understanding of eligibility criteria, the following information is provided in reference to “compensated professional experience:

  • Threat assessment is defined as the use of a fact-based method of assessment/investigation that focuses on an individual's patterns of thinking and behavior to determine whether, and to what extent, he or she is moving toward an attack on an identifiable target.
  • Threat management is defined as managing a subject's behavior through interventions and strategies designed to disrupt or prevent an act of targeted violence.
  • Experiences which meets this criterion form a substantial part of the applicant's employment, rather than representing occasional incidents within a larger experience that is, overall, not Threat Assessment and Management (TAM). The Association recognizes that various job categories involve individual or occasional aspects of TAM, such as policing or clinical social work. However, it is mastery of the Body of Knowledge combined with substantial, ongoing, and robust performance of TAM, as defined on this page, that the Association seeks to measure with its certification program.

Documentation: Candidates must provide a curriculum vitae or exhaustive resume that documents such experience, and any other supporting documentation as needed to establish substantial, ongoing, and robust performance of TAM. Candidates' documentation must include an estimate of the number of TAM cases the candidate has worked on during each professional experience. Examples of supporting documentation can include that which substantiates involvement in organizational or community-based threat assessment teams, documentation about threat assessment team meetings attended, letters of verification of professional duties from employers or professional peers, or other materials which substantiate the candidate’s experience.

Exam Information

Eligibility Criteria*

Certification as a Certified Threat Manager is open to the public and applies to all disciplines within ATAP. Individuals wishing to obtain certification must first submit an application for approval to the Certification Committee.

In order to qualify for approval, an individual must:

  • Possess experience in the industry:
    • Five (5) years of documentable Threat Assessment and/or Threat Management experience or three (3) years of active membership in good standing with ATAP.
  • Self-reveal any past, present or pending:
    • Civil Actions
    • Criminal Convictions
    • Regulatory Action
  • Agree to abide by the ATAP Code of Ethics

All applicants must have received a confirmation email that he/she has been approved prior to sitting for the CTM. If you have questions about the status of your application and eligibility to sit for an upcoming CTM examination, please contact the ATAP office prior to arriving at the CTM examination site.

Please ensure ATAP emails are whitelisted and will not be blocked by spam. All approval and logistics information is emailed and you will not receive a phone call regarding this information.

*View Certified Threat Manager (CTM) Policy Changes beginning April 15, 2020.

Downloadable Resources

Core Competencies

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Body of Knowledge

Resources Summaries

Threat Assessment Glossary

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Certification/Re-examiniation Information