European retail professionals can now benefit from accreditation in loss prevention following the launch of Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) qualifications in the UK, in partnership with ORIS Media. The courses – LPQualified (LPQ) and LPCertified (LPC)” are designed to professionalise LP and create a standard for loss prevention professionals across the industry. The qualifications are designed to provide loss prevention professionals with expertise in retail loss prevention while providing them with the skills and knowledge of best practice techniques and how these can be delivered in the workplace. LPQualified training offers an entry-level certification for new starters in the loss prevention industry while LPCertified training is best suited for loss prevention professionals with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience. All course materials are available online via the Loss Prevention Foundation website, with Pearson Vue offering access to testing facilities for professionals to take final written exam. Kevin McMenimen, co-founder and member of the Loss Prevention Foundation board of directors, said:” We know from our existing work with European retailers that there is a demand for more education and training within the industry. UK and US retailers are increasingly working together and with more US businesses operating within the EU it’s time that we learnt how to leverage our best practice experience and learn from each other.” In addition to the courseware being made available, a chapter of the LPF will be launched in the UK, with future chapters to be initiated across regions of Europe.
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.