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Accreditation of training

Skills for Security Accreditation is endorsing training in the security industry in the UK and abroad, reports the skills body.

Accreditation is the formal recognition that ensures training is meeting the appropriate criteria for best practice and that it meets or exceeds nationally recognised training standards, says Skills for Security (SfS). Accreditation promotes accountability.

Skills for Security’s Accreditation endorses quality courses, training providers, trainers as well as in-house training schemes, giving employers and individuals confidence that the training they are considering has been approved by the skills body.

Terri Jones at Skills for Security, pictured, said: “Our accreditation scheme was developed in response to requests from employers and providers, who were concerned about the quality of delivery of training within the private security industry. It is our ambition to recognise high quality training and endorse it with the aim of increasing the availability and quality of training available to everyone who works in the security industry both internationally and within the UK.”

Accreditation is a three-step process. Training is matched to National Occupations Standards (NOS), which specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively, providing the evidence to providers, trainers, employers and learners that training is being delivered to standards. With accredited training, learners have assurance of receiving a quality education as well as gaining recognition by employers.

Karimah Pedro from the Security Industry Authority endorsed the programme: “We remain committed to improving standards in the private security industry and so we support Skills for Security’s accreditation scheme to set a benchmark for security training.”

As developer of National Occupational Standards for the security industry, SfS says it’s best placed to help identify any gaps in skills and knowledge. Whether it’s in-house training schemes or the development of trainers, Skills for Security will help provide sustainable solutions to certify that quality is being maintained.

If you have a course you would like accredited ring Worcester-based Skills for Security on 01905 744000 or at


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