In order to obtain “Approved Contractor” status, a security provider will need to perform several steps and meet the following requirements.
Satisfactory Organization and Management. The SIA state that they before awarding a company Approved Contractor status, they must be satisfied that:
“…the company seeking approval must be a fit and proper organisation, and the company directors must be fit and proper persons”
“be supplying a security service for over 12 months with a contract and minimum of 2 staff on PAYE”
In practice, this translates to numerous requirements for quality management systems inherent in the business, which depend on the particular security services offered. It also refers to the levels of training and competency of the security personnel.
Licensing. All Directors of the company need to have obtained an SIA license before the ACS will be awarded. This is the standard compulsory licensing required for private security companies, and should already be in place if they are doing business.
All staff carrying out a security function must have a valid licence in place which covers duties they are performing, however some licences will cover more than 1 duty, i.e.; a door supervision licence will allow a member of staff to carry out security guarding duties, but all licences must be checked at least monthly and records kept.
SIA ACS Eligibility Requirements. Staff holding a SIA license must fall into one of the categories below:
1. Key Holder
2. Cash and Valuables in Transit
3. Public Space Surveillance (CCTV)
4. Door Supervisor
5. Close Protection
6. Security Guard
Self-Assessment. The first step in the actual approval process is a self-assessment to gauge how close the company is to meeting the SIA requirements for approved contractors. The SIA provide a workbook for contractors to fill in, and it contains over 80 questions that need to be fully answered. The security company will also need to provide justifications for its answers to the self-assessment.
Our experienced consultants will be able to guide you through the whole process of approval, from self-assessment through to making the necessary changes in your business, and then on to submitting the final application to an assessment body.
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