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Industry Talk: SIA News– Proposal For PMSC’s To Be Self-regulated, Individual Licensing To Be Scrapped!

The new regime will shift responsibility for the standards and behavior of security staff from the SIA to an estimated 4,200 businesses operating in Britain.
This will leave the regulator with the task of targeting companies or employees that fail to meet the required standards with a range of penalties from banning a company from the industry to criminal prosecution. Companies rather than the regulator will in future be responsible for carrying out checks on individual security staff.

Wow, this would be a radical change for the SIA if it goes through and I would be very interested in seeing the response from private industry about this move. I am sure there are a ton of questions on how this new regulatory regime will work. (see impact assessment below)

For that reason, I will hold off on any commentary on this one and wait for this stuff to be hashed out. I am not a UK citizen and I am by no means an expert on the SIA or that particular industry. If any readers have an inside track on this, feel free to comment below.

If you are a UK citizen, there is a discussion about this new regulatory regime at the Home Office here. Here is a copy of the regime and impact assessment below. Check it out. –Matt

Future regulatory regime for the private security industry (PDF file – 213kb)

Impact assessment PSI future regulatory regime (PDF file – 393kb)


Private security companies to be self-regulated
Ministers want security companies to regulate their own staff and the industry’s watchdog to move into the private sector
By Alan Travis
Tuesday 20 November 2012
The statutory licensing of more than 330,000 individual private security workers is to be scrapped under a shakeup of the regulation of the industry proposed by Home Office ministers.
They are instead proposing that private security companies regulate their own staff, with the industry’s watchdog, the Security Industry Authority, moved into the private sector.
Ministers say the phased move to a “business regulation regime” reflects the “maturity of the private security industry” and supports its willingness to take on further responsibility and be more accountable for its actions.
The new regime will shift responsibility for the standards and behavior of security staff from the SIA to an estimated 4,200 businesses operating in Britain.

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Industry Talk: BIMCO And ISO Join Forces To Establish PMSC Standards

Compliance with the new ISO Standard will provide a number of advantages and assurances for Shipowners as well as PMSCs. Together with BIMCO’s GUARDCON the Shipowner will have a solid foundation on which to base the choice of armed security providers. Furthermore, for the PMSC, compliance with the new ISO Standard together with the use of BIMCO GUARDCON will constitute a hallmark of professionalism.

Great news and having an association like BIMCO behind this is a big push.  BIMCO is the largest international shipping association in the world. Here is a blurb from their website about how big.

BIMCO is the largest of the international shipping associations representing ship-owners controlling around 65 percent of the world’s tonnage and with members in more than 120 countries drawn from a broad range of stakeholders having a vested interest in the shipping industry, including managers, brokers and agents.

So when you have that kind of power to back something like an ISO standard for PMSC’s, I think that is significant. Couple this with the efforts of other groups like ASIS getting an ANSI rating for a code of conduct, and the efforts of the ICoC and you can see that momentum is gathering for making PMSC’s a legitimate market of force.  Not to mention all of the input and hard work that industry associations have put into these standards.

The end result will be internationally recognized standards for what is a quality PMSC–or an ‘ISO Standard‘.

On the other hand, I certainly hope that the ISO is truly universal and not biased towards one country or another. It should be a standard that any country that has PMSC’s can achieve and participate in, with reasonable investment. Because this is the thing with standards–you just don’t get those for free.

I am also wary of those who wish to turn the standardization process into a over regulated money making scheme. Sure we want standards, but who wants a set of rules that makes business unprofitable because of all of the extra costs? Or basically creating an industry that profits from regulating another industry. I certainly hope this regulation and accreditation industry does not get out of hand. So this is something to watch as we get closer to an ISO standard for this industry.

I say this, because if you look at what is going on with the maritime security market, you see the companies continue to tack on training requirements that are just overkill it seems. For example, in my last maritime security job post, Control Risks listed these requirements for work.

-Minimum of 5 years military experience
-Prior experience of mobile or static maritime security
-Fluent English
-FPOS I as a minimum
-ISPS SSO Qualification
-STCW 95
-ENG 1 Medical (or recognised equivalent)
-Criminal Record Check
-Seaman’s Book
-Yellow Fever inoculation certificate

lol. I mean look at all of that crap that contractors have to have as requirements to be ‘armed guards on boats’?  And I have seen this with other companies that have flown these jobs as well. The catch is that many of them do ‘training’ on top of providing security teams, so having these requirements only helps them to make money off of that side business called training and certification. So where does it end and will an ISO give these companies even more angles to overburden contractors with cost and hoops to jump through?

Not only that, but check out the £220 cost for an SIA license as an example? Or all of the hoops you need to go through just to get that SIA license? So I appreciate an ISO Standard, but I certainly hope we don’t go down the path of over regulation. Or maybe an ISO will put a stop to over regulation, just because if everyone meets the ISO standard, what is the point of going beyond that standard? Interesting stuff and we will see how it goes. –Matt


BIMCO – ISO join forces to establish PMSC standards
ISO standard will be available in 2012 as a Publicly Available Specification
In a joint submission to the 90th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee, BIMCO and ISO explain that work is underway to establish an ISO standard for the accreditation and certification of PMSCs (private maritime security companies) providing contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships.
The new ISO standard will be available in 2012 as a Publicly Available Specification. Because the reputation and recognition of the organisations involved provide essential legitimacy, BIMCO firmly believes that this is the best and swiftest methodology to develop the process through which to audit with the necessary thoroughness. In IMO precedent has been set before with endorsement of ISO standards and it is hoped that IMO will also endorse this new ISO standard and thereby help speedily resolve this complex issue.

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Jobs: Olympic Security Jobs With G4S, United Kingdom

I thought I would put this out there for the guys across the pond. Although I am sure many have already heard about this and have acted accordingly. What is cool is that over at Close Protection World, it looks like representatives are looking for some security pros who can fill out management positions that pay a little better. The first post below describes what they are looking for and the pay. Use the email provided to send a CV or go to the forum itself to find out more information.

The other articles I posted below describe the enormity of the event. They have to fill 10,000 positions and get background checks on all of them. So lots of work is required to make sure that just the security force is squared away and actually ‘secure’. –Matt


Olympic Roles with G4S £12 – £17 Per Hour
3 Main roles are as follows:
Supervisor/Team Leader – £12 Per Hour
1 years security supervisor experience can be as a JNCO in the military.
This has been recruited for on this site and has had an amazing response.
Group Leader – £14 Per Hour
1 Years Management experience can be as a SNCO in the military.
Duty Manager – £17 Per Hour
1 Years Management experience, must have managed over 50 staff, can be SNCO in the military.
If any of these roles interest you please forward your CV to .

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Training: SIA Close Protection Officer Course, Pennsylvania

    Check it out. You can get credits with Bucks New University, some excellent close protection training, and the SIA license–and all in the US. This is a great opportunity for those guys in the US that wanted to get this license via a course like this.

     The other thing to mention though is that I have no clue if the SIA program will be around much longer? My guess is that it will stick around for a bit, and the license will still continue to be required by companies in Europe or in the war zones. A big hat tip to Steven Collins and his crew over at BIS for getting the word out on this. –Matt


(from Black Ice Security)

S.I.A. Close Protection Officer Course


BRTC and Globe Risk are offering the only Close Protection training program in North America that is approved by the Security Industry Authority (S.I.A.) in the UK. This program also has the distinction of being accredited by Bucks New University, UK, an internationally recognized academic institution.  The course will end with the S.I.A. licensing examination.

Recognized internationally as the security industry’s benchmark for training in Close Protection, the S.I.A. certification is available to those who successfully complete the training course and pass practical and written exams. The SIA course will also provide 15 points towards a degree in Protective services from Bucks New University.  SIA is the U.K. authority for security specialists and licensing which will likely be necessary for security agents who provide protective services during the 2012 Olympic Games.

Course Content:

(Knowledge and practical skills 150 hours minimum)

–          Role and Responsibilities of the Close Protection Operative

–          Threats and Risk Assessment

–          Surveillance Awareness

–          Operational Planning

–          Law and Legislation

–          Interpersonal Skills

–          Close Protection Teamwork and Briefing

–          Conduct Reconnaissance’s

–          Close Protection Foot Drills

–          Route Selections

–          Close Protection Journey Management

–          Search Procedures

–          Incident Management

–          Venue Security

–          Communication and Conflict Management

–          Final Examination

–          Tactical Medical Care

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Industry Talk: Is The UK Preparing To Scrap The Security Industry Authority?

     This is odd, and it is kind of funny to read. Here is the US trying to regulate and license our guards to keep a check on the industry, and yet here is the UK trying to ‘reduce burdensome regulation’. lol

     I will not say too much about this because it is a little out of my lane.  In the past, we had some guest authors and readers discussing the pros and cons of the SIA and I really don’t know how effective it is right now? Maybe it is not needed or that it is not effectively screening folks and too costly? Perhaps government is not able to regulate it because of how inefficient and slow it can be?

     Who knows but either way, the whole world is watching the UK and how it treats this issue.  I have mentioned the US, India, and China as three countries looking hard at regulating this industry and the UK is one of the few places that has actually done this.  Imperfect–maybe, but none the less they have licensed and regulated their industry.

     The other thing I was thinking about was how this might impact contracts throughout the world?  If the SIA is no longer in existence, then British and commonwealth type companies would have one less means of sifting through folks. It would be interesting to hear what Andy Bearpark and others have to say about this one? –Matt


Security sector quango faces axe in cost drive

By Glenn Campbell Scotland correspondent

22 September 2010

The Home Office is preparing to scrap the body which regulates bouncers and other security workers across the UK.

The Security Industry Authority has been placed under the axe as part of a wider plan to cut the number and cost of public bodies.

Abolishing the SIA will not save taxpayers money because it is largely self-financing, but a Home Office document, seen by the BBC, suggests the move would save security firms money and contribute to “reducing burdensome regulation”.

The document suggests the industry has matured enough to police itself.

A Home Office spokesman said no final decision had been made but the department expected to “make an announcement in due course”.

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Jobs: Ship Security Officers, OCONUS

   The thing to focus on with this gig is that you must be SSO trained, and medical/ SIA certified.  This is a UK company and unless you have these kinds of credentials, I wouldn’t even bother submitting a resume.  But, they do offer the courses for SSO, SIA, and probably medical as well. (go figure, lol)  Which is cool, and you could knock out a bunch of really necessary courses through this company, if you wanted to get into the maritime security industry. That is not to say that you will get a job with EOS, if you go to their courses, but it will definitely make you more marketable.

   I am not the point of contact or recruiter and go through EOS if you want to apply or learn more about their contracts (current and upcoming).  Also, I am not endorsing the company and I am only putting the information out there for those readers who qualify and are interested in this stuff.  Good luck and let me know how it goes. –Matt



Maritime Security Trainer

Experienced trainer for delivery of Ship Security Officer, Company Security Officer and Port Facility Security Officer courses (approved by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Transec – Dept of Transport)required for occassional short term training contracts in both the UK and Overseas.

Ship Security Officers – Medic Trained

Medic qualified Ship Security Officer (SSO) required for inclusion in 4 man counter piracy team. Must be SSO qualified and have demonstratable experience in maritime security.


If you believe you have the qualities required to work for Eos Risk Management Limited please email your CV to in a format which includes the following information:

A brief personal profile

Chronological career history – with most recent employment first

Education, qualifications and languages

Copy of SIA license (if relevant)

Passport photograph (preferred)

By sending in your information you will allow Eos to maintain your details on a database, which shall be used by the Company for recruitment purposes. All information maintained shall be done in strict accordance to the Data Protection Act 1998. Please specify when you send your CV if you do not want your details kept on our database.

Link to website here.


From Close Protection World Forum

Eos Risk Management Ltd is looking to compile a cadre of experienced maritime security team leaders, operatives & consultants for potential up coming contracts.

We anticipate a number of contracts to be completed in the near future. However, nothing is definite at this stage and we do not wish to mislead anyone into thinking you will be flying out tomorrow!

Please contact us ONLY if you fulfil the following criteria:


1) SSO or CSO trained by Eos Risk Management

2) Operational experience within MARITIME security

3) CP SIA license

4) Previous military and/or law enforcement experience

5) Current or near future availability

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