SSAIB Auditors Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock Accept CTSP Registration on Behalf of Auditing Team

SSAIB Auditors Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock Accept CTSP Registration on Behalf of Auditing Team

SSAIB auditors Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock have accepted their Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) registration on behalf of all the SSAIB auditors that have achieved recognition by the Tavcom Training-operated register.

As two of the auditors that were down at IFSEC 2018 in London last month, Frank and Nick were on hand to meet with Tavcom and celebrate not only their success on gaining CTSP registration, but that of all of the SSAIB auditors currently listed on the register as well.

SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks – who has championed the CTSP register since its introduction in September 2017 and often discussed the benefits that it brings to the industry – joined in with the pair's celebrations, after he was able to add to his existing engineer standing by achieving CTSP registration at auditor level as well.

The CTSP Register was extended to include auditors and consultants fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire systems sectors in June 2018, making SSAIB the first third-party certification body for fire and security to achieve CTSP registration.

Manchester-based fire and security systems assessor Frank achieved full auditor status for all four disciplines of CTSP registration – Intruder and Hold-up Alarms, CCTV, Access Control and Fire Detection Systems – and revealed it was a great way for him to celebrate a milestone year for him at SSAIB.

Frank revealed: “I’m delighted to have been recognised as a CTSP-registered auditor, no less because it’s a fantastic way for me to celebrate my fifth anniversary at SSAIB. The CTSP Register is a very valuable addition to our industry as it gives a platform for technical competence and experience to be verified.

“It provides a huge benefit to end users, because it gives them confidence and peace of mind that the person undertaking the work is qualified to do so. Being named on the CTSP Register is also beneficial to all of the auditors we have at SSAIB as it is a professional recognition of our technical auditing knowledge.”

Nick Grewcock – who has covered the Nottinghamshire area for security and, more recently, fire for SSAIB since joining 18 months ago – has been recognised for all four disciplines as an engineer, but will see his registration enhanced to that of auditor once he reaches the two-year mark required for that level of registration.

Nick commented: “Seeing my name on the CTSP Register is great. Once these next six months are out of the way and I’ve achieved the minimum two-year auditing criteria, I’ll be proud to see my listing move up from an engineer to an auditor.

“There are a lot of steep learning curves involved in auditing, so it’s good that the CTSP insists on an allotted amount of time to avoid just anyone registering for CTSP recognition - as that would heavily dilute the quality that this level of recognition warrants. The CTSP Register for security system professionals goes a long way to reducing the risk of inconsistent standards.

“By benchmarking the registrant to an agreed minimum level, this will ensure quality in the industry and improvement in the standards, creating confidence and reassurance for customers and other contractors.”

CTSP registrar Kevin Matthew added: “The security industry has many varied but equally important roles, so the decision to include auditors and consultants was designed to be inclusive of this professional diversity and to continue to raise professional standards.

“We are delighted to recognise Frank, Nick, Trevor and all the SSAIB auditors currently on the Register. It is apt that they are amongst the first auditors to register as the vocational pathway has been developed in partnership with SSAIB, which is one of the endorsing bodies.”

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.

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