The Security Institute, the UK’s largest membership body for security professionals, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Professional Security Association outlining reciprocal membership arrangements.
The relationship between the two organisations will be known as Constituent Membership whereby the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) is a Constituent Member organisation of The Security Institute with an Affiliate Membership while the Institute is now an Affiliate Member organisation of IPSA.
It’s the IPSA entity that’s the Constituent Member rather than any individuals of the organisation and vice-versa. However, IPSA members may be Institute members in their own right and vice-versa regarding The Security Institute’s members having personal membership of IPSA.
Both parties retain their own identities and legal structures and operate in accordance with their own organisational rules and legally binding constitutions.
Main elements of the agreement
The main points covered by the new agreement are:
*The Security Institute and IPSA will share information by exchanging appropriate newsletters, bulletins and press releases, etc that may potentially be of mutual interest to their respective memberships
*The Security Institute and IPSA will incorporate information on their websites about each other’s organisation and their respective activities. This will include logos and reciprocal web links
*The Security Institute will appoint IPSA as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) partner organisation
*The Security Institute and IPSA will co-ordinate, wherever practicable, on mutually relevant topics and activities
Speaking about the new arrangements, The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP commented: “We’re delighted to be working with IPSA. The Memorandum of Understanding will benefit members of both organisations enormously. We have broad areas of overlapping interest and this will help us to develop the security profession as well as deliver benefits to our members.”
IPSA chairman Mike White MSyI added: “This is the first step in a collaborative journey in which we hope others will want to play a part. IPSA is delighted to be working with The Security Institute in leading the campaign to positively raise the profile of our industry and professionalise it still further.”
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday 16 December at The Security Institute’s 15th Anniversary Birthday Party.
Art and science of security management
The Security Institute is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1999 for the benefit of individuals working in the security sector. It promotes the art and science of security management and works to drive standards, educate and spread Best Practice across the security sector – a sector responsible for the safety of much of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure.
The Institute is responsible for managing and operating the Register of Chartered Security Professionals on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals. In conjunction with the Registration Authority it sets standards, provides quality control, appointment and management of licensees and admitted registrants.
The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was launched on 7 June 2011. Established under Royal Charter by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, the Register itself endorses the main aim of the Company which is “to promote, support and encourage standards of excellence, integrity and honourable practice in conducting the profession of security practitioners and to aid societies and other organisations connected to such a profession.”
The International Professional Security Association is the UK’s longest-established trade body for the security industry and represents both companies and individuals through membership schemes, in turn reaching over 30,000 members and their employees worldwide. IPSA regularly consults with its membership and represents that membership’s views on relevant industry committees and on standards bodies, etc. The Association is governed by a Board of elected members with wide-ranging experience in the security business sector.