The Association of British Investigators (ABI) has announced that it has reached agreement with training company SAFE to run the ABI Academy.
The Academy – which will provide access to ABI-approved training and IQ qualifications in response to the emerging requirements for Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensing and other ABI training initiatives – is designed to provide an effective platform for the educational activities of the ABI.
Under the agreement, the ABI Academy will use SAFE expertise and resources to operate a quality hub centre for trainers wishing to offer IQ Qualifications but who perhaps require back office assistance, provide learning materials for providers, and work with IQ to approve third party training as part of the ABI Approved Trainer Scheme.
Tony Imossi, president of the ABI said: “The ABI is aware that the market for training in advance of licensing is already beginning to move. It’s important to the Association that it provides the best possible advice to its members and those wishing to undertake training.”
Imossi continued: “While the SIA is still to finally confirm the requirements for training, we’re sufficiently confident that the current awards offered will be recognised in full, perhaps with the requirement for some top up training after the Home Office has completed its consultation. For those wishing to prepare early for licensing, the Academy should be a useful addition.”
Gary Scruby, executive director at SAFE, explained: “We’re delighted to be working with the ABI. SAFE has some eight years of experience in running qualifications quality hub operations and providing learning resources, and we look forward to using this experience in support of the private investigation sector.”
In addition, Scruby commented: “Details for approving ABI Academy Approved Training Providers will be published later this month. We expect the Academy to be operational early in December.”
Full details of the Academy contact numbers and procedures will be included on the SAFE and ABI websites by early December.
For advance information contact Gary Scruby at SAFE on (tel) 01952 457452