SSAIB’s auditors admitted to Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals

Tavcom Training, operator of the Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), has announced that Frank Smith and Nick Grewcock from the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) are among the first auditors to be admitted.

The CTSP Register was extended to include auditors and consultants fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire systems sectors in June this year.

Frank Smith commented: “I’m delighted to have been recognised as a CTSP-registered auditor, not least because it’s a fantastic way for me to celebrate my fifth anniversary at the SSAIB. The CTSP Register is a very valuable addition to our industry as it provides a platform for technical competence and experience to be verified. It also affords a huge benefit to end users, because it gives them confidence and peace of mind that the person undertaking the work is qualified to do so. Being named on the CTSP Register is also beneficial to all of the auditors we have at the SSAIB as it’s a professional recognition of our technical auditing knowledge.”

Steep learning curve

Nick Grewcock, who has been with the SSAIB for 18 months, added: “Seeing my name on the CTSP Register is great. Once these next six months are completed and I’ve achieved the minimum two-year auditing criteria, I’ll be proud to see my listing move up from an engineer to an auditor. There are a lot of steep learning curves involved in auditing, so it’s good that the CTSP insists on an allotted amount of time to avoid just anyone registering for CTSP recognition as that would heavily dilute the quality that this level of recognition warrants.”

Grewcock also stated: “The CTSP Register for security system professionals goes a long way towards reducing the risk of inconsistent standards. By benchmarking the registrant to an agreed minimum level, this will ensure quality in the industry and improvement in the standards, creating confidence and reassurance for customers and other contractors.”

Professional diversity recognised

Kevin Matthew

Kevin Matthew

CTSP Registrar Kevin Matthew informed Risk Xtra: “The security industry has many varied, but equally important roles, so the decision to include auditors and consultants was designed to be inclusive of this professional diversity and to continue to raise professional standards. We’re delighted to recognise Frank and Nick on the Register. It’s apt that they are among the first auditors to register as the vocational pathway has been developed in partnership with the SSAIB, which is one of the endorsing bodies.”

All CTSP applications are strictly assessed by the Registration Manager and appear on the publicly searchable Register. The application and assessment process is conducted online and costs £25, with a £50 annual registration fee payable on acceptance.

*For more information about the Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals visit


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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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