Engagement Event to be Held for SMEs in Newcastle This Wednesday

Engagement Event to be Held for SMEs in Newcastle This Wednesday

SSAIB wish to make small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) aware of an engagement event being held by the North East's Government Commercial Function (GCF) this Wednesday, June 27, at the City Library in Newcastle.

SMEs who are interested in winning public sector contracts will be able to meet with procurement experts from Government departments and find out more about how to enter the supply chain.

The Crown representative for SMEs - Emma Jones - will chair the event and speakers include: HMRC, Department for Education, North East Procurement Organisation, Crown Commercial Service, Ministry of Defence and DEFRA.

Delegates will be invited to attend for the whole day to access networking opportunities and visit buyer information stalls.

Three key information sessions will be held in the morning, early afternoon and late afternoon. However, registration is required for each of these sessions.

For more information on each of the three sessions – and how to apply for them, please visit

Posted: 25/06/2018 more >

SSAIB Named as First Fire and Security Systems Certification Body to Have CTSP-Registered Auditors

SSAIB Named as First Fire and Security Systems Certification Body to Have CTSP-Registered Auditors

SSAIB have enhanced their standing as the leading certification body for fire and security systems - after SSAIB auditors were named as the first recipients of the brand new auditors and consultants Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) professional registration at IFSEC 2018.

Tavcom Training - the operators of the CTSP professional register - used this year's showpiece security event at the ExCel in London to launch the new vocational application pathway onto the register,  following on from the official launch of CTSP in September 2017. The event also saw them recognise the SSAIB's achievement of being the first third-party certification body for fire and security to achieve CTSP registration with a presentation on the Tavcom stand.

Industry feedback has led to the inclusion of the two new registration categories - auditors and consultants, which SSAIB auditors were officially unveiled as acheiving during this year's IFSEC show - and individuals can now register as an engineer, auditor or consultant in one or more of the original four core disciplines, comprising video surveillance systems, intruder and hold-up alarms, access control systems and fire detection systems.

The innovative vocational application pathway has been introduced for individuals - engineers or consultants only - who do not hold recognised industry qualifications, but who can evidence relevant security systems experience. Both the standard qualification and vocational pathways have been developed in partnership with the SSAIB, an endorsing body for the CTSP.

SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks revealed: “I’m delighted that we can demonstrate our support for the CTSP programme in this way - as it is really important to recognise the technical expertise of installers in our industry. The CTSP professional registration recognises the competence and experience of our SSAIB auditors, enhancing their existing auditing qualifications and differentiating them from solely management-based activities.

"All future SSAIB auditors will go through CTSP registration when they join, ensuring that our high standards in technical auditing are maintained and recognised for many years to come.”

CTSP registrar Kevin Matthew added: “We believe these enhancements to the registration process provide additional opportunities for consultants and auditors to be justifiably recognised for their specialist skills and is a further step to professionalisation of the sector. The stringent checks undertaken to validate applicants prior to registration, provide confidence for customers and employers and will raise professional standards in the technical security industry.”

All CTSP applications are assessed by the registration manager, with only those having the necessary credentials being admitted to the register. The publicly searchable register lists registrants, their role and the disciplines they are qualified in - enabling end-users and employers to select a qualified technical security professional.

The CTSP application process is conducted online and costs £25, with a £50 annual registration fee payable upon successful admittance to the register. Part of a certified professional network, registrants can use the CTSP post-nominal - such as John Smith CTSP - and are permitted to use the CTSP logo on promotional materials.

For more information on CTSP, please visit

Posted: 20/06/2018 more >

SSAIB Eagerly Anticipates 20th Anniversary of Engineers of Tomorrow Competition at IFSEC 2018

SSAIB Eagerly Anticipates 20th Anniversary of Engineers of Tomorrow Competition at IFSEC 2018

As one of the main stakeholders, SSAIB is once again gearing up for the Engineers of Tomorrow competition next week - as it returns to IFSEC International for its 20th anniversary.

Engineers of Tomorrow sees young security apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge and, given the growing engineering skills gap undermining the industry - as well as the wider economy - the need for such an event has never been greater.

Posted: 13/06/2018 more >