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Education & Professional Development

NGO Security Professional Development Program

The Security Risk Management Professional – Country level certification is the first step in the NGO Security Professional Development Program (PDP) being developed by INSSA. The Country level certification will be followed by certification processes for Security Risk Management Professionals at Regional, Global, and Executive levels.

The competencies required for each of these levels will be indexed against existing ISO certified security industry standards and training content. 

In addition, INSSA is developing a series of post-certification professional development requirements and links to resources for retaining the highest level of certification reached by INSSA-certified members.  These continuing education requirements will be aligned with internationally recognized standards to ensure that once certification is achieved, it is properly maintained and the concepts and skills of the certified individual are updated appropriately.

INSSA has ensured that the certification and post-certification requirements for each level are guided by international standards with the expressed intent that the INSSA Professional Development Program will help alleviate barriers to career development often faced by women and national staff in the NGO security management field. 

Qualified INSSA members should go here for more information and to register for the Security Risk Management Professional – Country level certification.

INSSA Education & Professional Development Resources

Online Resource Library

INSSA, through its network of providers, will link members to resources and information that include the following topics: safety and security risk management, duty of care, crisis management, business continuity, contingency planning, field guides, policy development, research papers, and more. 

eLearning and Online Education

INSSA has developed collaborative relationships with e-learning providers.  Through these links, INSSA members will have access to these sites to continue their professional development and expand their knowledge in the field.  INSSA members may qualify for discounted fees – be sure to inform training providers of your INSSA membership. 


In addition to the forums and groups, INSSA also hosts periodic briefings and networking events for NGO security professionals, as well as public events to inform and raise awareness about NGO security issues.

Briefings, Seminars, and Networking Events

INSSA briefings, seminars, and networking events bring together thought leaders and NGO safety and security practitioners from around the world to provide insights into the safety and security issues and concerns facing NGO program implementers. The events shed light on best practices and innovations in the field and promote collaboration and networking opportunities for INSSA members. INSSA also collaborates with other professional organizations and consortia to promote events on topics relevant to NGO safety and security risk management.  INSSA members may qualify for discounted registration fees – be sure to inform providers of your INSSA membership.  INSSA also highlight NGO safety and security events being held around the world allowing members to stay connected and up-to-date on technical innovations and emerging methodologies and practitioners around the world.

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