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 www.ctsp.org.uk.