Launch of a new Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP)
Installers of security and alarm systems in the UK are currently not subject to any formal regulation and have no discernible sector recognition – this can lead to end users being exposed to the risks associated with unqualified and unsuitable operators.
Launch of the CTSP Register
One possible solution is the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), launched in early September for those who install and maintain electronic security systems. This initiative from Tavcom Training aims to provide a benchmark for employers, contractors and, importantly, end users, with a means to check the competence and bona fides of practitioners.
A group of subject matter experts have agreed the criteria qualifying registrants for admittance onto the CTSP Register. These include being able to demonstrate a minimum of 12 months’ practical experience, a minimum level 3 BTEC/City & Guilds qualification (or equivalent) in one or more technical disciplines such as CCTV, Access Control, Fire, Intrusion and Hold-up Alarm Systems. Registrants must provide two character references and 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 Professional Register is available online to anyone wishing to check if someone is registered and confirm the technical disciplines they are qualified in.
The Registrar, Kevin Matthew, commented: ‘’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. 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.”
David Wilkinson, the BSIA’s Director of Technical Services, commented: ‘’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.’’
For the individual registering, this does involve a small application fee (£25) and an annual registration fee (£50), but the CTSP Register is one way for individuals installing or maintaining security and fire systems to be recognised for the experience, competence and qualifications they possess. Time will tell if the CTSP raises professional standards in the industry and reduces the increasing number of ‘rogue traders’.
The CTSP Register is open for applications via www.CTSP.org.uk