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Cowboy operators beware: Certification scheme breaks new ground

A register of competent installers and maintainers of electronic security and fire systems was launched recently. Endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA (a Dubai security regulator) and Tavcom Training, the CTSP Register includes individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines including Video Surveillance Systems (CCTV), access control and fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems they claim to provide services in. The initiative, it is hoped, will help customers find trustworthy, suitably qualified operators and undermine cowboy traders.

But buyers of security installation or integration services can already filter prospects down to those certified by the SSAIB or NSI so what problem is the new certification solving? Where the CTSP Register breaks new ground is that individuals, not their employers, are certified. This makes it easier for security firms to recruit competent installers, in turn further reassuring their customers. Long bemoaned across the industry, the previous accreditation vacuum for individual installers has arguably allowed incompetent or unscrupulous traders to flourish. Installers and integrators are being urged to become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) to demonstrate their bona fides and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers. Registrants, whose presence on the register is subject to an ethics code and disciplinary process, can adorn their business cards, vehicle and marketing materials with the CTSP insignia. There is clear evidence many installation and maintenance jobs are often subcontracted, leading to unnecessary risks and potential claims. David Gill, MD, Linx International Group In a widely shared article published by IFSEC Global last November, Michael Lines, a senior consultant for security integrations, said that increasingly, suppliers who provide certification on their products also certify individuals. They often accept the transfer of individuals from one installer company to another.

Those of us who are reputable companies accept this even if it does mean the possibility of investing in training an individual only for them to move on after the event. Although, in real terms, this offers a stronger incentive to both parties to ensure satisfaction in the workplace and, hence, long-term staff retention. Equal footing Fast forward a year and Lines would surely back the principles underpinning the new register. If individual, independent installers had to be both accredited and certified, it would help the industry s overall professional standing, he wrote. It would help accredited businesses compete on an equal footing. It could also tie in with insurance, much as CORGI has achieved in the gas equipment installation business. David Gill, managing director of the Linx International Group, which owns CTSP backer Tavcom Training, has reflected on the problems that gave rise to the scheme: There was a lot of unrest about the lack of standards, he told Security Buyer in a recent interview. You can have a gold standard manufacturer, and a gold standard security system but there is no assurance for the end user that the installer of that system is qualified. There is clear evidence many installation and maintenance jobs are often subcontracted, leading to unnecessary risks and potential claims.

He hopes that, ultimately, the CTSP will reach critical mass and become the de facto gold standard for installer competence. I hope in time, that with strong industry backing, procurement managers seeking tenders for security systems will automatically specify that installation and maintenance work must be conducted by a registered CTSP technician. The CTSP Register is modelled on the framework used by the Register of Chartered Security Professionals the equivalent register for heads of security and other end users . I have personally experienced as a chartered security professional heightened respect from industry colleagues, members of other chartered professionals, clients and even the courts, Gill told Security Buyer. Gill also mentioned plans for networking opportunities, workshops, webinars, and possibly career advice related to the CTSP. Think about it: you wouldn t think of using a gas fitter who wasn t on the Gas Safe Register. Paul Tennant, group sales director, Tavcom Training Speaking to Professional Installer magazine, Tavcom group sales director Paul Tennant contrasts the existing status quo with the situation in the gas fitting trade. Think about it: you wouldn t think of using a gas fitter that wasn t on the Gas Safe Register (formerly CORGI). Security systems which fail due to incorrect installation, or substandard maintenance can result in major consequences for those responsible (for companies and directors), extending to criminal charges, litigation, untold reputational damage.

He also implies that the rapid evolution of technology is leaving many installers behind. Maintaining CTSP accreditation year after year would reassure customers that they are keeping pace with change, he suggests. These security systems (including fire detection) have advanced beyond all recognition in the last decade .. In response to this huge change in the market and in the absence of any meaningful regulation or code of conduct governing installers and maintenance technicians, a professional register has never been more necessary. Criteria Installers and integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines in order to gain certification. Two character references and no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes are also prerequisites. Registrants are required to maintain CPD (continual professional development) too. The CTSP Register, which charges a 50 annual fee to registrants, is now available online. I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, said Lee Dowling, at installation firm West London Security.

Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector. Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

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Register of certified fire and security installers launched to combat rogue trader problem

A register has been launched for installers and those maintaining electronic security and fire systems who meet certain standards around experience, qualifications and trustworthiness. The CTSP Register, which has been endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA and Tavcom Training, will only include individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines they claim to provide services in. Tavcom, the security systems training specialist, believes the initiative will help customers find reputable, suitably qualified operators and undermine unscrupulous traders.

Installers or integrators that become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) will burnish their credibility and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers by being on the register. Many in the industry have long lamented the lack of regulation around installation companies and the ease with which many cowboy operators have thrived to the detriment of reputable operators and customers alike. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Lee Dowling, sales consultant, West London Security I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, says Lee Dowling, sales consultant at installation firm West London Security. Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Criteria In order to gain certification and a place on the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), installers or integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines (like CCTV, access control, fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems). They must also provide two character references and have no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes.

Registrants are required to maintain CPD (Continual Professional Development) and conform to a strict code of ethics and disciplinary procedure. The industry has for many years expressed concerns over the absence of any meaningful controls and problems associated with unqualified installers and maintainers of security systems, says Kevin Matthew, the registrar and operations director at Tavcom. We have developed what we believe to be a robust professional register, which will have a significant impact on raising industry standards. We are delighted the register has been endorsed by the UK s largest security association the BSIA and Dubai s Security Industry Regulatory Agency. Indeed, the register has received overwhelming support from across the industry including the main inspectorate bodies. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector.

The CTSP Register is now available online.

Security Industry Association Launches Fiscal Year Informer (FYI)

(PRWEB) November 07, 2012

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released the first edition of its Fiscal Year Informer (FYI), a twice-yearly publication that provides insights into the federal appropriations process.

The inaugural 16-page FYI includes exclusive articles by experts from Washington, D.C.-based government relations firms and SIA staff on security-related grants, homeland security, the potential impact of the sequestration fiscal cliff, and some of the legal issues involved in selling security products abroad.

The FYI was created to share resources for unlocking government grant funding, and to assist with following the federal appropriations process and other federal factors that affect government spending, SIA CEO Don Erickson wrote in the publication s introduction. The government makes grant funding available to the security community which, in turn, ensures that we are up-to-date on the latest threats and competing technology across the globe. The FYI will strive to be the foremost authority in making this information available to you.

The publication is available at no charge to SIA members at http://www.siaonline.org/store1. Non-members may purchase the publication for $50.

The Security Industry Association (http://www.siaonline.org2) is the leading trade group for businesses in the electronic physical security industry. SIA protects and advances its members interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation on Capitol Hill and throughout the 50 states; producing cutting-edge global market research; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; and opening global market opportunities. As the sole sponsor of the ISC expos and conferences, SIA ensures that its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers as well as unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10105994.htm3

References

  1. ^ http://www.siaonline.org/store (www.siaonline.org)
  2. ^ http://www.siaonline.org (www.siaonline.org)
  3. ^ http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10105994.htm (www.prweb.com)

Security Industry Association Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan …

Security Industry Association Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan ...

SIA Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan

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The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed its opposition to legislation that circumvents current law in the State of Michigan by weakening background checks on security system installers in that state.

We are greatly concerned that the legislation would ignore or provide loopholes in state and federal criminal background check requirements.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed its opposition to legislation that circumvents current law in the State of Michigan by weakening background checks on security system installers in that state.

In a letter to Michigan Statehouse leadership, SIA Chairman Jay Hauhn strongly urged defeat of Senate Bill 1291 and 1292, the Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act and amendments to Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.

In its letter, SIA stated the current legislative proposal is unnecessary, would contradict existing law, would be duplicative and would effectively create a new tax for homeowners seeking an electronic security solution.

We are greatly concerned that the legislation would ignore or provide loopholes in state and federal criminal background check requirements. We cannot imagine that any policymaker would seriously consider a bill that would allow companies to conduct in-house background checks. said Hauhn.

The Security Industry Association (http://www.siaonline.org) is the leading trade group for businesses in the electronic physical security industry. SIA protects and advances its members interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation on Capitol Hill and throughout the 50 states; producing cutting-edge global market research; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; and opening global market opportunities. As the sole sponsor of the ISC expos and conferences, SIA ensures that its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers as well as unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.

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MONEY News SIA Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan …

SILVER SPRING, MD (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed its opposition to legislation that circumvents current law in the State of Michigan by weakening background checks on security system installers in that state.

In a letter to Michigan Statehouse leadership, SIA Chairman Jay Hauhn strongly urged defeat of Senate Bill 1291 and 1292, the Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act and amendments to Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.

In its letter, SIA stated the current legislative proposal is unnecessary, would contradict existing law, would be duplicative and would effectively create a new tax for homeowners seeking an electronic security solution.

We are greatly concerned that the legislation would ignore or provide loopholes in state and federal criminal background check requirements. We cannot imagine that any policymaker would seriously consider a bill that would allow companies to conduct in-house background checks. said Hauhn.

The Security Industry Association (http://www.siaonline.org1) is the leading trade group for businesses in the electronic physical security industry. SIA protects and advances its members interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation on Capitol Hill and throughout the 50 states; producing cutting-edge global market research; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; and opening global market opportunities. As the sole sponsor of the ISC expos and conferences, SIA ensures that its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers as well as unparalleled learning and networking opportunities.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10086009.htm2

References

  1. ^ http://www.siaonline.org (www.siaonline.org)
  2. ^ http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10086009.htm (www.prweb.com)

SIA Annual Stakeholder Conference to be held on 1 November

SIA Annual Stakeholder Conference to be held on 1 November The Security Industry Authority’s Annual Conference for stakeholders is to be held in central London on Thursday 1 November. Running under the heading of ‘Standards, Professionalism, Accountability’, the conference promises a strong agenda. This will include presentations on the future operating model of the Regulator, plans for service improvements and new ways of working and the standardisation of skills and competencies across regulatory regimes.

Places for the conference are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information and details of how to register access the dedicated page on the Security Industry Authority website

Private Investigator, private investigators, Private detective …

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Formed in 1913, The Association of British Investigators (ABI) has been upholding professional standards for a century.

The ABI campaigns tirelessly for regulation in our profession and promotes excellence, integrity and professionalism within its membership.

The ABI has become the kite mark of the investigation industry. Insist your investigator is an ABI member.

The Association of British Investigators is pleased to present a seminar to provide a clearer view of the future of our profession and business as we reflect on the impact of The Leveson Inquiry, The Parlimentary Select Committee Inquiry into private investigators and of course, the current economic climate.

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Private Investigator, Surveillance Operatives & Process Servers …

Allied Detectives is a nationwide consortium of trusted, established professionals, offering investigative services to the legal and insurance sectors as well as private individuals.

Working from well-established regional offices we aim to offer a complete range of services, focusing on discretion and value. We understand that you may be nervous or uncertain if you ve never used a private investigation agency before many of our clients haven t but we will treat every case with the care and professionalism you d expect from one of the country s leading groups of private investigators.
We can help with any of the following:

Private investigators face new challenges brought about by the regulation of the investigation industry by the Security Industry Authority. Allied Detectives welcome this regulation and will embrace the challenges faced by licensing in 2012 and beyond. Our clients needs and security are paramount.

Talk to us1 today or read more about us here2. You can call our London office on 056 0105 5760 or our Midlands office on 0845 643 1923. Following an initial conversation there is no obligation to proceed if we can help we will.

Please browse our site to find out more about us, then give us a call.

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Door Supervision – 121 Group

NightclubPoliteness, Professionalism and Punctuality are all attributes of our staff.

We will not employ someone if we feel they do not fit our profile, and more importantly do not fit your business.

All our Door Supervisors are SIA registered.

Products and services include the following

  • Door supervision
  • Nightclub security
  • Nightclub security jobs
  • Doorman hire

Become a doorman: job description

We have strict rules and protocols that all our SIA Registered Door Supervisors have to adhere to.

Door supervision jobs

Interested and qualified applicants please phone or use our contact form1 to arrange an interview.


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