The Security Institute and Perpetuity Training “raise the bar” for education

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI: managing director of Perpetuity Training

Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI: managing director of Perpetuity Training

Risk UK interviews Ken Livingstone MSc FSyI, managing director of Perpetuity Training, who offers an overview on the importance of the availability of a Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management for security professionals. Livingstone also outlines what Perpetuity Training is doing in partnership with organisations like The Security Institute to raise standards within and across the security profession.

Risk UK: Looking at the Perpetuity Training prospectus, there appears to be a large number of accredited courses already available to security professionals who wish to enhance their skill sets. Why have you felt it necessary to introduce the Level 7 Advanced Diploma?

Ken Livingstone: Simply put, together with The Security Institute, we’re endeavouring to raise the bar. The security sector, in terms of who works within it, has undergone a significant transformation over recent years. Long gone is the situation where someone could sit on the Board of an organisation in the role of security director or hold a senior security management position just because they had spent a number of years – or held a senior rank within – the Armed Forces or the police service.

Experience is still important, of course. Indeed it’s essential, but today’s security professional understands the need to acquire accredited career-enhancing qualifications that will not only provide them with knowledge and skills which will help them become more effective in their current and future roles, but will also signify their competence to do so.

The Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management has been developed as a result of direct feedback that The Security Institute has gleaned from its members which highlighted the demand for a Level 7 qualification.

Risk UK: What does the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management offer over and above other courses?

Ken Livingstone: It’s set at Master’s degree level and the fact that it’s accredited as a Level 7 Advanced Diploma signifies that it’s designed to benefit those wishing to take their professional development to the highest levels within both the security profession and The Security Institute.

There's now a Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management available through Perpetuity Training and The Security Institute

There’s now a Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management available through Perpetuity Training and The Security Institute

Risk UK: Many of those individuals who might be at a stage of their career where this training programme and the resulting Diploma will be of value to them are likely to lead very busy lives. Is there not the danger that they’ll be deterred from participating because of a perception that the course will be very time-consuming to complete?

Ken Livingstone: That’s a good question. The Diploma is designed to be completed in nine months. However, with the busy security professional in mind, we’re delivering the training programme by distance learning. Students can therefore schedule their studies around their work and family commitments wherever they are in the world.

Risk UK: Can you offer Risk UK’s readers a little more detail around the assignments involved?

Ken Livingstone: There are three assignments and these are essentially how students will be assessed. The last of the assignments will be focused on a security management topic chosen by the student. This is an opportunity for the student to produce a high level body of work which could be of direct relevance to their job and, subsequently, of considerable value to their employer.

Risk UK: So has the course been specifically designed to allow students the flexibility to study a topic that’s of interest to them?

Ken Livingstone: Exactly. The course is based around researching security and crime issues. The first of the three modules seeks to give students new skills in relation to thinking about crime. It covers critical thinking and looks at the way in which we consider security problems and the potential solutions.

There’s always a danger in security management that we rush to implement marketplace solutions rather than looking to design out the problem.

The next two modules cover a research proposal followed by a piece of research chosen by the student. It gives them the opportunity to apply the skills they will learn on the course by solving a problem relevant to their own role or present working environment.

The Security Institute is pioneering new education streams for practising risk and security managers

The Security Institute is pioneering new education streams for practising risk and security managers

Risk UK: What is Perpetuity Training’s working relationship with The Security Institute?

Ken Livingstone: Perpetuity Training has been The Security Institute’s sole Development Partner for Education since 2007 and, through mutual respect, we’re always looking at ways in which to work together to raise the level of professionalism within and recognition for the security sector.

While admittedly there’s a commercial imperative, we both share a passion for supporting security professionals in their endeavours to effectively manage the risks around the threats posed by terrorism and criminal activity in all of their various forms in order to create a safer and more secure world.

*For more information on the Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Security Management telephone: +44 (0) 116 277 3313, e-mail: or visit:

About Perpetuity Training

Perpetuity Training is a leading provider of security management training in the UK. Through its renowned distance learning platform, the business provides accredited security management training worldwide.

Perpetuity Training also specialises in bespoke training for organisations wishing to provide tailored instruction for their employees in areas such as security management, security surveying, cyber security, risk, crisis and disaster management and workplace investigation and interviewing.

Through Perpetuity’s parent company, the Linx International Group, consultancy and training in security and risk management and security systems training are provided worldwide.

The Linx International Group comprises Perpetuity Training, the Linx Consultancy, ARC Training International and Tavcom Training.

*For more information on Perpetuity Training telephone: +44 (0) 116 277 3313, e-mail: or visit:

About Linx International

For almost 30 years, Linx International has been providing high level security and risk management consulting to a hugely diverse range of clients across many different business sectors.

The company’s recent acquisitions of Tavcom, Perpetuity Training (in May 2012) and ARC Training International (in August 2013) means that the Linx Group of companies is now able to offer “unrivalled” specialist security systems and security management training programmes to its rapidly expanding international client base.

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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