Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) Register Launches

Essential New Resource Recognises Qualified Installers and Give Organisations Confidence to Select a Trusted Competent Professional 

The Certified Technical Security Professionals Register (CTSP) has been officially launched today. The dual aim of the CTSP Register is to formally recognise qualified, competent ‘individuals’ who install and maintain security and fire systems, as well as providing end-users, contractors and prospective employers with a trusted resource to verify a person is competent, qualified and has attained the standard of a CTSP.

The core disciplines covered by the CTSP Register are: Video Surveillance Systems, Access Control, Intruder and Hold up Alarms and Fire Alarm systems. Each field of competence is clearly listed on the online public Register (www.ctsp.org.uk) against the Registrant’s profile, showing they are qualified to carry out work within that specified field. 

The BSIA, the UK’s leading industry body which represents the majority of UK security companies, and Dubai’s security regulator, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) have both welcomed and endorsed the creation of the Register, along with support from many others respected voices in the security industry.

Paul Tennent of Tavcom Training has been a driving force behind the CTSP Register and he states: “For many years, there has been a requirement to raise professional standards in the technical security industry. There has been overwhelming support from manufacturers, integrators, consultants and installers to deliver the CTSP initiative, with many people saying that such a benchmark has been long overdue.”

Derek Maltby of Global MSC Security adds: “We welcome this CTSP initiative and have already put integrators/installers on notice that this sensible membership system is likely to be adopted by MSC as a pre-qualification to any bidders tendering for work we are involved with, to ensure only the highest standard of engineer is engaged to enable the reassurance that we and our clients are only getting the best.” 

Criteria for CTSP Registration

A successful CTSP Registrant requires a recognised industry relevant qualification at QCF Level 3; a sound working knowledge of electrical /electronic principles; a minimum of 12 months practical experience; be of good character – without criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes. Two personal references are also required and Registrants must follow a strict code of conduct and maintain a CPD record to demonstrate their ongoing learning and that their knowledge is up to date. Successful applicants will appear on the online CTSP Register and are able to use the logo on their marketing materials. 

Lee Dowling of West London Security commented: I think this is a FANTASTIC idea for the industry and for those on the front line. Being able to show your professional skillset to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly ten 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.”  

For more information about the Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) Register visit: www.ctsp.org.uk