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In conjunction with Perpetuity Training, The Security Institute offers both the Diploma in Security Management and the Certificate in Security Management, the former at BTEC Level 5 and the latter at BTEC Level 3. How might attaining these qualifications help you in your security and risk management role? To answer that question, Brian Sims evaluates the content of both courses

The Security Institute and Perpetuity Training work together in order to deliver bespoke education and training within the security profession. The Institute, of course, is the largest association for security professionals in the UK, offering great opportunities for networking and a unique validation of experience that’s much coveted by employers and clients alike.

For its part, Perpetuity Training is at the very forefront of security management training, exhibiting an impressive background in research, education and qualifications provision. Indeed, the company’s trainers possess a great deal of underpinning knowledge and practical experience to the point where they are recognised experts in their particular spheres of security.

Diploma in Security Management

The Security Institute’s Diploma in Security Management will benefit anyone seeking professional recognition and qualifications within the security sector at managerial level. The course is open to those who operate either in the private or public sectors and have a minimum of five years’ experience in security management (or, alternatively, a similar role within the Armed Forces).

This course – which leads to a BTEC Level 5 qualification – is delivered by the distance learning method and takes around a year to complete. Assessment is by way of written assignments – two per module across the five modules covering Understanding Security, Threats to Security, Risk Management, The Legal System and Management.

You’ll gain an appreciation of the security manager’s role and the overall purpose of security management as a discipline in its own right, as well as how the level of security measures must be continually balanced against the level of threat. There’s also education around how to carry out disaster scenario planning, manage disasters and establish post-incident recovery procedures in addition to countering terrorism-related activities.

Delegates on this course will learn to appreciate how to identify and appraise risks, understand the principles of insuring risks and both psychological and cultural approaches to risk management as a discipline.

Brian Sims

Brian Sims

The Legal System module evaluates the importance of employment law for security management. Here, you can learn about the legislation around – and the regulation of – industrial disputes. There’s also instruction on the overall implications of employment for the security management function.

Finally, the Management module assesses the theory of management in relation to security management and why management skills are of central importance to today’s practising security and risk professionals. Identification of the key skills required by a security manager in order to carry out their job efficiently and effectively is paramount.

The Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification working at Foundation degree level and, indeed, is the flagship qualification offered by The Security Institute. What’s more, it’s fully recognised by the University of Portsmouth, the University of Leicester and Buckinghamshire New University.

Certificate in Security Management

Offered at BTEC Level 3, the Certificate in Security Management is also delivered by distance learning, taking six months to complete and involving three mandatory modules alongside three elective modules selected by the learner from the following list: Health and Safety, Retail Security, Terrorism Awareness and Management, Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management, Strategic Security and Physical Security.

The mandatory modules are an Introduction to Security Management, Security Department Management and Information Security.

There’s no requirement for learners to have any previous experience of security prior to embarking on the course. Typical delegates are security team leaders and supervisors, Health and Safety managers, facilities managers, police and fire service personnel and members of the Armed Forces. In essence, then, it’s a stepping stone towards becoming a fully-fledged security management professional.

Mandatory modules embrace the key concepts behind successful risk management, building and maintaining sustainable security systems and how security can be a genuine ‘value add’ for the business as a whole.

Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI is Editor of Risk UK

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.

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