ASIS International issues new guidelines for selection and training of security officers

ASIS International has published the ASIS Private Security Officer (PSO) Selection and Training Guidelines (ASIS PSO-2019) which provides recommendations for establishing and managing a programme for the selection and training of private security officers.

The document is deemed to be “critical” as the private security industry employs so many security officers tasked with protecting people, property, information and other key assets. Applicable to both proprietary and contract security, the guidelines focus on three key areas of a private security officer’s selection and training programme, specifically its development, implementation and improvement.

The framework comprises the establishment of policies and procedures, the assignment of roles and responsibilities, the allocation of resources to the programme, the setting of vetting and selection criteria, private security officer training and competencies and program evaluation and improvement.

The document’s contents are consistent with established industry Best Practice and take into account legal, regulatory and contractual obligations.

“While the guidelines include most elements of the 2010 edition, this new edition goes a step further in providing organisations with a generic framework for designing or improving upon their selection and training programmes,” asserted Chuck Baley, chair of the PSO Technical Committee at ASIS.

in its role as an accredited standards developing organisation, ASIS International develops standards and guidelines to serve the needs of security practitioners in today’s global environment. The organisation is recognised globally through its Category A Liaison Status in the International Organisation for Standardisation’s Risk Management and Security and Resilience Technical Committees. Current projects under development focus on ‘Active Assailant’, ‘Enterprise Security Risk Management’ (ESRM) and ‘Security Awareness’.

*The ASIS PSO Selection and Training Guidelines are now available at

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

Related Posts