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Grandfathering Exemption Wavier Period

The Certified Public Safety Auditor (CPSA) designation is intended to signify that its recipient possesses a high level of knowledge, skill, and experience in the general area of auditing and public safety as deemed by the BOC of the PSAA. The recipient has demonstrated that they can apply superior professional audit services (to include accountability, objectivity, independence, professional judgment, and ethical behavior) in all matters related to the field of public safety.


1. PSAA Membership

  • Be a member in good standing with PSAA.

2. Other Professional Credential

  • The Candidate may hold at least one related professional certification such as; a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Government Financial Manager, a Certified Government Auditing Professional, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Law Enforcement Auditor, or other recognized audit related professional certification acceptable to the CPSA candidacy committee. You must provide evidence of the certification and attach one copy of the certificate to the application.

3. Education Requirement

  • Hold a university degree granted from an accredited institution, with a major of study in accounting, auditing, criminal justice, management, economics, finance, marketing, public administration, or other related public safety study.


  • Have the equivalent of a university degree, which would be determined by aggregating training hours from sources which could include college courses, military schooling, police academy training, in-service training, certified home study, PSAA or other professional association training such as public safety academy attendance.

4. Experience Requirement

  • A candidate must have at least three years of full-time experience. This experience can be any combination of auditing, consulting, advising, or teaching in the field of audit and/or investigation, elements of which must be directly related to aspects of public safety including the detection, prevention, and investigation of fraud, physical security, and risk assessment/risk management.

5. Acknowledgment of Professionally Recognized Audit Standards

  • Candidate must have an understanding and a working knowledge of recognized standards in the auditing and/or accounting field.

6.Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

  • Credential holders of the CPSA must agree to obtain 80 hours of Continuous Professional Education (CPE) credits every two years. The CPE credits must be in areas of fraud, communication, risk assessment, risk management, statistical sampling, or other areas with a minimum of 20 hours directly related to auditing in each two-year period starting with the calendar year after the year the credential is received.



In order to be considered for exemption from the certifying examination, qualified applicants must

have their application at the PSAA office no later than the end of business on December 31, 2019.

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