The International Association of Personal Protection Agents was formed in 1989 in the United States of America and is regarded as a truly international association with activities in over thirty countries (and growing), including corporate security teams from international corporations, government agencies, military, police and private executive protection personnel.
IAPPA's mission is to advocate for and actively contribute to establishing uniform and high-quality standards in the security industry around the Globe. Being one of the oldest and largest organizations of its kind, IAPPA can offer professional training, advice and certified courses for security experts, also being one of the few organizations worldwide to offer a professional, real-world training program in accordance with the highest international industry standards.

IAPPA offers residential hands-on-training to students from all over the world at our training centres in Europe, Middle East and Australia. Our highly experienced and certified Instructors can offer training courses to personal protection agents, law enforcement officers, military units, commercial security agencies and others that are involved in the fields of security, law enforcement and military close protection or related security operations, including security drivers.

Moreover, IAPPA promotes the exchange between top-notch security-related experts in different regions and topics, staying ahead of the curve and thus helping its members to continue executing their missions with excellence.


IAPPA has more than 700 members in over 30 countries. Among those are Executive Close Protection Agents, security companies, security professionals and personal protection teams in the security industry, royalty, military, governments, and police forces.

President/CEO is Oliver Becker from Berlin/Germany. He is a Certified Close Protection Agent (CCPA®), Certified Corporate Security Manager (CCSeM®), Certified Security Management Expert, Certified Law Enforcement Instructor and founder of SecuKids® - Child Protection. 

Since 2020, IAPPA has kept an own and internationally operating Close Protection Team. The personnel size is currently 21 Certified Close Protection Agents® who can be deployed in most parts of the world.

IAPPA has designed and successfully established the Certified Corporate Security Manager (CCSeM®) program, which is unique in the Security Business.

IAPPA accredits security academies worldwide in order to establish quality standards in personal protection training and job qualifications. Those have proven to be right for more than 30 years.

The only way to become members with the IAPPA is going through an application process. A committee reviews each and every application and decides on the acceptance of each new member. This ensures high quality, also among the members.

All IAPPA training programs are reality-based. Shooting from moving vehicles, rappelling from helicopters or wild pursuits do not exist in IAPPA programs, because we consider such training content to be unrealistic and often pointless. Not only the members, but also the training programs of the IAPPA are discrete, honest and convey applicable knowledge.

As a community, we also want to give something back to society. IAPPA supports social projects in child protection worldwide. Together with the International Child Protection Union, we help, for example, the construction of a school in Tanzania-Africa or train child protection officers who take care of the protection and safety of children on site. We are particularly proud of this work, one of a kind in our industry.