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