The UK Chapter of ASIS – the worldwide security organisation – has become the second licensee for the Register of Chartered Security Professionals in the UK. With effect from 1st February those who want to demonstrate they have achieved the highest possible standards in security professionalism can now apply to be admitted to the Register via ASIS UK.
Until now the only application route was via the Security Institute, but this development will see applications to become Chartered Security Professionals and listed on the Register – using CSyP as a designation – being welcomed by ASIS UK. The existing Registrar, David Gill CSyP, will continue to be responsible for admitting new applicants on behalf of both organisations, thus maintaining standards – a vital element and core to the success of the Register.
The decision to appointing ASIS UK was ratified by the Registration Authority of Chartered Security Professionals in November 2012, led by Lord Alex Carlile CBE QC, and including Don Randall MBE and Peter French MBE representing the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals.
In commenting on this development, Lord Carlile said “This is a significant milestone in the development of professionalism in the UK and should not be under-estimated. Not only is there now a second organisation promoting and attracting applications from suitably experienced security managers, but the link that has been developed by the Security Institute and ASIS UK Chapter 208 working together for the benefit of the profession, is significant. ”
Welcoming the appointment of ASIS UK, Mike Bluestone CSyP, Chairman of the Security Institute, said “I am delighted to welcome ASIS UK as the second Licensee for the Register of Chartered Security Professionals. This is absolutely the right thing for the UK security profession, and I look forward to seeing the impact of further CSyPs being recognised, and a wider understanding of this gold standard in professionalism. We share many members with ASIS UK, and the more we can work together for the benefit of them, and the sector generally, the better for everyone.”
Mike Alexander BEM, Chairman of ASIS UK and the first applicant under the new license, said “The UK Chapter and its membership are energized by this decision and we thank the Worshipful Company and the Security Institute for their agreement to allow us to become a second licensee. ASIS has always supported and encouraged the raising of standards and professionalization of the security industry and welcome the opportunity to offer our members the structured pathway to become a Chartered Security Professional.”
Presentation of certificates to new ASIS UK Registrants will take place at a celebratory dinner to be hosted by Lord Carlile at the House of Lords on Friday 22nd March. It is hoped this event, which is kindly being sponsored by Kings Security Systems and PD Ports, will attract interest from outside the security sector, helping to raise awareness of the benefits of appointing Chartered Security Professionals. Further details of the dinner can be obtained from the Security Institute.