The Security Industry Association (SIA) will offer a Certified Security Project Manager (CSPM) program at the ISC-West Show in Las Vegas, March 31-April 1, 2004. CSPM is a three-part certification program for project managers in the security industry.

The program is a combination of educational training, practical experience, and a final certification exam. The first session of the program will be on March 31 at an SIA-sponsored luncheon titled, “Certified Project Manager: The Formula for Recognition and Bottom-line Success.” This session will give an overview of this new program to systems integrators, installing dealers, and consultants. On April 1, SIA will sponsor a breakfast for the second session titled, “Certified Security Project Manager: Building Successful Partnerships,” which will provide an overview of the program for manufacturers. Both of these sessions are free and sponsored by SDM and Security magazines.

The third session of the program will be the final exam that covers all aspects of the security project manager job description, and will include an interview with a certified proctor. CSPM participants will receive 40 contact hours of specialized training as well as 20 hours of self-study in area like estimating and financial aspects of security projects, contracting law, and life safety codes and risk management.