Security training has become an almost trendy market in this second half of the 21st century’s first decade. Companies who traditionally provided peripheral security services have jumped on the bandwagon and started offering security classes, providing participants with relevant skills and knowledge, and even a class certificate or diploma to confirm their completion of their program. This sudden spurt of safety training academies and applications begs the questions: how can I know that I am receiving skilled training from industry professionals? And are these firms free to provide whatever security training services that they deem fit, or are they regulated by some type of regulatory body?
First, it should be noted that there are actually many academies and companies which have been providing professional services for decades. They have reputable local and or worldwide credibility and have established a deserved name for them before the trend to offer such services came on the security landscape. One can even find solutions and academies on six out of seven of the world’s oceans. The private security London industry is one of the fastest-growing businesses in London, and private security training businesses are among the industry’s leaders, as Israel is still considered the world’s top authority on security and intelligence. Their CEOs, teachers and lecturers are ordinarily veterans of the nation’s state security agencies, and have moved this knowledge obtained in the public sector to the private sector.
While there are a plethora of things that provide security training solutions, some older, bigger, more popular or recognized than others, very few are licensed by a regulating body. Many European organizations, such as The New Security Foundation, exist with the intent of providing a national or international forum to explore public and private security problems, including safety training. Likewise the Institute of Information Security Professionals IISP is a London-based non-profit body that is regulated by its members and aims to guarantee standards of professionalism – for training, qualifications, operating practices and people.
However neither function as a governing body capable of accrediting private organizations to make sure that their solutions meet are meeting adequate standards. In actuality, in the absence of these bodies, such criteria have yet to be established. Lately, however, the United Arab Emirates’ UAE General Civil Aviation Authority GCAA expanded its certification of a specific academy responsible for, among other solutions, the first year the GCAA offered certification for potential service suppliers was in 2004. They are proof that certification entities can be independently led with no ties to state government. Many private security training companies have been in business for decades, providing security training services to both public and private sector, and officially enhancing their customers’ efficiency and protection.