SIA Approved Contractor Scheme

SIA ACS – The Approved Contractor Scheme

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) introduced the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) to raise performance standards within the security industry.  The ACS is the quality benchmark within security, and sets out criteria that companies must adhere to in order to be SIA ACS Approved.

Whilst currently being a voluntary scheme, many security companies are finding that existing and potential clients are requiring security service providers to be SIA ACS accredited.  Becoming an SIA ACS Approved company demonstrates to your customers that your company has a commitment to providing a quality service, and therefore gives you a competitive edge.

If you would like to achieve SIA ACS Accreditation, Total Training Consultancy offers the complete service to help you.

Assistance with the SIA ACS Workbook

The first stage of your SIA ACS accreditation is to complete the substantial SIA online Workbook. This document requires that you complete more than 90 statements about your company, providing evidence of how you meet each of the requirements of the SIA ACS.

This is initially a daunting task for most.  We have vast experience with this sizeable document and have helped many security companies to complete the Workbook. During this stage it is important to us that we understand your current processes and documentation and ensure that it is reflected accurately in the Workbook document. We may highlight areas in which you require new procedures to be implemented. In such cases we provide relevant documentation, consultancy and advice to make certain that you are confident in any new procedures.

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Providing a Quality System and Continued Consultancy

Significantly we work with the processes you already have in order to develop and document an ACS-compliant quality system for you that fits your way of working.  This allows your company to achieve Approved Contractor status without reinventing your business.

Many of our clients have numerous questions and queries throughout the SIA ACS process.  We ensure that our professional staff are always available to respond to these and provide relevant information at all stages.  During the time you are working with us, you will gain confidence, and become fully conversant with the working practice of the ACS.

SIA ACS Assessment

Following completion of the online Workbook, the second part to gaining SIA ACS accreditation is to successfully pass the required Assessment.  Our aim is to fully prepare you and your company for this Assessment, and guide you through the process.  This involves helping you to select an Assessing Body and arrange an Assessment date.

The majority of our clients request that we conduct a Pre-Assessment Visit, where we can attend your business premises and check all your processes and documentation in order to prepare you for your Assessment.  Many clients also wish a member of our team to attend on your Assessment Visit, which of course we are happy to do and we will ensure you are confident during this important day.

We are happy to discuss any of the above with you, and explain any part of the SIA ACS process. Should you wish to do so please contact us.

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