We are committed to raising standards in the security profession and encourage everyone to think about how they can continue to develop – both personally and how they help and support others.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an essential way to keep up-to-date with the latest issues and developments in the security and management arena, giving those who participate in the scheme a competitive edge over other practitioners and enhancing confidence and competence.

We have a system that helps you think about what you do to personally develop, and track your CPD activity to reach set standards year on year. The CPD Toolkit, which is updated and published each year, is a self-administered method of identifying and recording learning. We challenge you to achieve 36 points or more each year. The 2018 CPD Toolkit is launching on 1st March 2018

CPD is compulsory for all Chartered Security Professionals (CSyPs) and newly appointed Fellows (FSyI) but everyone is welcome to use the toolkit. Having at least 2 years completed CPD is essential for members who want to upgrade to the fellowship.

All sorts of development activity is recognised including events run by our CPD partners which score double points. Look out for the logo!


CPD Certificate


Taking a structured approach to your professional development will help you:

  • Keep pace with changes in the Security Sector
  • Achieve recognition
  • Identify your competencies
  • Become more employable
  • Motivate yourself to improve your skills
  • Achieve your goals and progress in your career.


What counts as a CPD Activity?

Virtually anything you do that results in you learning more about security and/or management will count for the CPD scheme. What works for you will inevitably be different to other members. We understand the varied activities undertaken by everyone, and therefore recognises a diverse range of activity, which is grouped into:

  • FORMAL learning, including member events, seminars, conferences, courses and qualifications, all of which can be provided by the Security Institute or other organisations. Organisations tend to offer formal CPD.
  • INFORMAL learning, such as committee work, presentations, papers, mentoring, research etc. often aimed at educating or supporting the development of others.

There are lots of ideas of what counts as CPD in the Activity Table which is contained in the Toolkit.


The CPD Scheme cycle runs from 1st January to 31st December each year (pro-rata for those joining the scheme part way through the year). At the end of the year, if you submit your CPD Toolkit with 36 points or more listed, once it has been verified you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Each year you start a new spreadsheet designed specially for that year, and record 36 points worth of CPD activity – whatever works best for you. There must be a minimum of 5 points recorded in each of the two sections. CPD Activity must relate to the development of security and/or management proficiency, and expand and update your knowledge in these areas.

The 2018 CPD Toolkit will be launched on 1st March.

Corporate Partners

The following Corporate Partners help the Security Institute in our work to deliver quality to the sector, value to organisations and confidence to society.

Insafe is the UK’s leading and biggest independent safe and safe engineering company and was first established by Alan Bullock. Originally based in London they moved to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent in the early 1990’s and now offer various security products from safes to locks to access control.
Their customers include over 100 high street retailers, banks, leisure operators and financial institutions. They deliver and install safes throughout the UK, Ireland and most of Europe with their own in-house safe crews, vans, lorries and cranes. They are the supplier of safes, safe locks and safe engineer services to The Post Office.
Their range of Euro Grade (EuroGrade) safes are all tested and certified to European standards, designed to be world class using the latest materials and technology. They stock over 3000 safes for immediate delivery.

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of mesh fencing that manufactures the entire mesh fencing system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

Zaun works very closely with a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating CCTV, PID and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  It manufactures to ISO 9001:2008 standards and is a member of the ethical supply chain initiative, Sedex.  It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers' Association (PSSA), of which Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

“The new generation of Global Emergency Response and the only dedicated Political, Natural Disaster and Medical Evacuation provider designed to meet modern, commercial travel patterns”.

Northcott Global Solutions (NGS) was essentially established to service the insurance industry having identified an obvious gap in point of incident response. Over time, they have significantly diversified into many areas of emergency assistance and broadly speaking, there is not a great deal that they cannot support when their clients ask. To date, they are named responders on thousands of insurance policies and have many different direct client groups, including mining, financial to high net worth individuals and property who all retain their services.

NGS specialise in Emergency Evacuation, Security and Investigation, Maritime and Aviation and offer an elite choice of high-performance GPS locating solutions supported 24:7 by NGS Operators for Global Monitoring, Response and Escalation. They are successful for a number of reasons but critically, they do not hold any assets, more a huge global database of approved, trusted and vetted service providers. This allows NGS to provide a swift, efficient and secure response in a matter of hours rather than days.

Galliford Try Infrastructure Security provides full turnkey program delivery for CPNI compliant integrated security solutions, from project inception to handover and maintenance requirements on CNI assets.

Delivering multi-site security programs, our expertise in the planning, design and delivery processes, together with our CNI Security knowledge and experience, enables us to efficiently deliver fully integrated physical and electronic security programmes and portfolios of work on critical operational assets.

We have considerable experience of the full range of LPCB, SEAP and PAS68 approved products and of the testing regimes of these certification bodies, including the attack criteria and tools, etc. applied at each level. We therefore fully understand the technology, its make-up, any vulnerabilities and ultimately the suitability for the client’s installed environment.

Gallagher is a global technology supplier of integrated access control and perimeter protection, encompassing both hardware and software systems, and professional services. Gallagher’s security solutions are in use with national and local government, military, commercial, industrial, healthcare, transportation and academic organisations in more than 100 countries.

Dallmeier has at its disposal more than 30 years of experience in transmission, recording as well as picture processing technology and is an outstanding pioneer of CCTV/IP solutions worldwide. This profound knowledge is used in the development of intelligent software and high quality recorder and camera technologies enabling Dallmeier to not only offer stand-alone systems, but complete network solutions up to large-scale projects with perfectly integrated components. The introduction of the patented multifocal sensor system Panomera® has had a ground-breaking effect, ushering in a new era for the industry. This unique camera technology is revolutionising the market and opening up completely new possibilities for securing assets, optimising business operations and ensuring public safety.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to belong to the Institute to apply?

No, the Register of Chartered Security Professionals is open to everyone. No further membership is needed, although belonging to the Institute or other reputable security organisation will support an application.


I’m not sure if my qualifications count – how can I check?

Please call us to discuss, or submit your application as an Expression of Interest. This will allow us to give you some useful written feedback and start the assessment process.


Most of my evidence is client specific and I can’t share it. What can I do?

All the assessors who see your application are themselves CSyPs and therefore bound by the Professional Code of Ethics. Anything you submit will not be discussed outside of processing your application, and will be destroyed once your application process has completed. Please don’t jeopardise your clients or your integrity, but if you can share examples of the type of work you do and the level at which you work that is really useful. You will have an opportunity to discuss this further at your professional interview.


How long does an application take?

It varies depending on the calibre of the application you submit (the more thorough it is, the easier it is for us to process) also on whether you make a Standard (ie. With a degree) or Individual application. Finally, we need to make sure we have the right assessors available for you when it is time for your professional interview particularly if you have a specialist security role, so that we can be fair and understand the points you are making. The quickest turnaround time has been 4 weeks, the longest over a year.


What’s the difference between being a Fellow of the Institute and a CSyP?

Both are prestigious titles and recognised in security circles as being a benchmark of professionalism.

Fellowship of the Institute gives you access to all the benefits that membership of an organisation brings, such as a range of CPD opportunities, professional development support, networking, news etc. CSyP is an independent verification of your competency skill set and confirms that you are making a strategic impact in your role. It is more like a qualification. Most CSyPs choose to also have Fellowship.

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