The Security Institute has announced that Bill Butler – CEO of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), the Regulator for the private security business sector – is admitted to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals as of Tuesday 9 December following his interview with Garry Evanson CSyP and Bill Wyllie CSyP.
The Register of Chartered Security Professionals was created by The Security Institute on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals back in 2011.
Applicants have to be making a strategic contribution to the development of security as a discipline and proceed through a rigorous staged assessment process. Candidates must prove they’ve reached a minimum competence level in each of five defined areas: security knowledge, practical skills, leadership, communications and professional commitment.
Once admitted, registrants are allowed to use the prestigious post-nominal CSyP after their name. They must then comply with a Code of Professional Conduct, hold Professional Indemnity insurance (either individually or via their employer) and complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tasks each year in order to retain the status of Chartered Security Professional.
The Register continues to grow with 30 professionals admitted this year alone. Typically, applicants are either employed by security service providers, are public sector employees, consultants or heads of security/senior security managers.
To date there have been applicants from the UK, Australia, the USA, Abu Dhabi, Tunisia, Dubai, the Czech Republic and Spain.
Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority
The Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority (CSPRA), which is chaired by The Security Institute’s President Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, is responsible for setting criteria and standards for Chartered Security Professionals.
This year, the CSPRA reviewed its competency requirements in order that key individuals working strategically for the development and benefit of the security profession would be eligible for acceptance onto the Register.
Commenting on the news, The Security Institute’s chairman Emma Shaw CSyP stated: “I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to Bill Butler who now joins a very prestigious group of security professionals. The Register of Chartered Security Professionals represents ‘The Gold Standard’ in professionalism for the security industry. CSyPs demonstrate an ongoing commitment to demonstrable excellence in their work within the security business sector that sets them apart from other security practitioners.”
Shaw added: “When The Security Institute launched its ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’ in November, we stressed the importance of creating a broad awareness of security as a profession. The Register is a key component of this effort.”
Speaking about his acceptance to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals, SIA chief executive Bill Butler CSyP said: “I found the admission process to be both challenging and rewarding. I’m very pleased and proud to be admitted as a Chartered Security Professional. This reflects on my own and indeed the SIA’s commitment to the development of professional standards in the security industry.”