Chartered Security Professional

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was established under a Royal Charter issued to the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals in the UK and launched in 2011.

Registrants use CSyP as a post nominal.

Being admitted to the Register and becoming a CSyP is a means of being recognised and continuing to represent the highest standards and ongoing proficiency. It is the gold standard of competence in security.

CSyPs have to comply with a Code of Conduct, a Professional Disciplinary Code, and also complete Continuous Professional Development each year.

Applications to the Register are managed by the Security Institute on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. Licenced organisations are the Security Institute and ASIS UK Chapter 208 who can both mentor and support CSyP applicants.

The Register of Chartered Security Professionals is recognised across the UK, including the Association of Security Consultants (ASC), International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and the National Protective Security Authority (NPSA).

For more information about becoming a Chartered Security Professional please visit www.charteredsecurityprofessional.org


Every Chartered Security Professional has competence in these five areas:

  • Security Knowledge

  • Practical Application

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Personal Commitment

They have proven they meet the required standards in all five of these disciplines.

In addition and most vitally each CSyP is also making a strategic impact in their chosen field, and it is the combination of all of the above together with their drive and commitment that sets them apart.

List of Competency Examples HERE

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  WCoSP, Institute, ASIS UK or other reputable security organisation will support an application.

Do 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 CSyPs and bound by the Professional Code of Ethics. Anything you submit will not be discussed outside of processing your application, and can be destroyed once your application process has completed. Please don’t jeopardise your clients or your own 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.

Pay your CSyP

Our preferred payment method for annual renewal fees is by Direct Debit payable annually in January. Please CLICK HERE to set this up

Chartered Security Professionals who have retired from their security role may transfer their certification to CSyP (Ret’d) for an annual fee of £40 per year. Their experience and knowledge is very welcome, and they are encouraged to remain as mentors and assessors. CSyP Ret’d are no longer required to complete annual CPD on a compulsory basis, but many voluntarily choose to do so.

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