The Certified Technical Security Professionals register (CTSP) has been officially launched. The dual aim of the register is to formally recognise qualified, competent individuals who install and maintain security and fire systems, as well as providing end-users, contractors and prospective employers with a trusted resource to verify a person is competent, qualified and has attained the standard of a CTSP.
The core disciplines covered by the register are video surveillance systems, access control, intruder and hold up alarms and fire alarm systems. Each field of competence is listed on the public register against the registrant’s profile, showing they are qualified to carry out work within that specified field.
The BSIA and Dubai’s security regulator (SIRA) have both welcomed and endorsed the creation of the register, along with support from many others respected voices in the security industry.
Paul Tennent of Tavcom Training (pictured) has been a driving force behind the CTSP Register. He stated, ‘For many years, there has been a requirement to raise professional standards in the technical security industry. There has been overwhelming support from manufacturers, integrators, consultants and installers to deliver the CTSP initiative, with many people saying that such a benchmark has been long overdue.’
CTSP registrants are required to achieve a recognised industry relevant qualification at QCF Level 3; have a sound working knowledge of electrical and electronic principles, a minimum of 12 months practical experience, and must be of good character (without criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes). Two personal references are also required and registrants must follow a code of conduct and maintain a CPD record to demonstrate their ongoing learning and that their knowledge is up to date.