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IPSA invites survey responses to understand ‘true value’ of SIA Approved Contractor Scheme

The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) has launched a survey to understand the “true value” of the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme, calling on all security professionals to share their thoughts.

The Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) is a voluntary scheme managed by the SIA as part of its remit to “raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities”. It aims to achieve this by putting in place a system of inspection for providers of security services.

As a security industry association, IPSA is often asked by its members, the benefits of the Approved Contractor Scheme, both from a company and an individual viewpoint. The Association supports the drive to raise performance standards and agrees that the scheme has ensured higher compliance across those companies that have embraced it.

You can find out more about the Approved Contractor Scheme, here. 

However, a number of IPSA members have challenged the effectiveness of the voluntary scheme in ensuring the benefits and standards for the front line.

While the ACS has been adopted by several security companies, IPSA wants to find out what the scheme means for the front-line employees. Do they benefit and if so, how? Do front-line employees see/feel the value of being part of an ACS certified company?

Una Riley, CEO, IPSA said, “Your views are important. I would encourage you take part in the survey so that we can get a wide range of opinions that represent the sector’s views on changes security companies and professionals feel should be implemented.

“We also ask that you share the survey with your peers, partners and colleagues to support our vision of achieving the best spectrum of responses for all our benefits.”

You can take the 15-minute survey here. It is open to everyone and IPSA will not only share the findings with the SIA and its members but also make them available to the rest of the industry.


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Michael Lawrence
Michael Lawrence
May 11, 2022 12:53 pm

It’s great that you are trying to make things a little better. A lot of good Security officers and Doorman feel that they are being exploited especially in London and other cities. The pay for Security I feel should be nothing less than £12 per hour to start. I’m sure some companies in London do not adhere to the health and safety regulations as they take on some people that cannot speak or understand English. They pay them the minimum wage. I know this for a fact and have worked in London doing Store Detective work. There should be a… Read more »