Scheme for Approved Contractors (ACS)

To ensure that the private security business can continue to provide protection to the general public, it is critical that the industry’s standards are both maintained and improved.

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Scheme for Approved Contractors (ACS)

However, in order for this to occur, there must be some method of measuring standards in place. For example, the Security Business Authority (SIA), a non-departmental governmental agency responsible for monitoring and regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, is one method of accomplishing this. They established the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), which we’ll go over in detail in this blog post, covering what it is, who it applies to, and why your company needs it, among other things.

What is the Approved Contractor Scheme and how does it work?
The Approved Contractor Scheme was established by the Security Business Authority as a means of raising the level of professionalism in the industry. Because it is a voluntary initiative, companies are not required to become accredited, although it is in their best interests to do so. It can aid in the improvement of a firm’s marketing efforts, and it can also serve to demonstrate a dedication to the industry in which the company operates. A company can become ACS accredited after undergoing a period of examination by external agencies, which will assess whether or not it complies with the standards specified by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Who Is It Intended For?
To be eligible to become an ACS certified professional, you must first gain experience in the sector. In this category are the following types of businesses:

  • Key-holding and security guarding services
  • Supervision of the Closed Protection Door
  • Transporting valuables/cash in a safe manner
  • Companies that provide closed-circuit television (CCTV)

In addition, the organisation must meet a number of other requirements. For example, they must only conduct business within the United Kingdom and have at least one minimum contract for security services. They must also have been in business for more than twelve months and have at least two employees who are licenced to carry out their responsibilities in order to qualify.

What is the need for ACS Certification?
Although you are not required to be a member of the Approved Contractor Scheme in order to work in the private security profession, it is highly advised that you do so due to the numerous benefits that it may provide to your company. For starters, it can serve as a certificate of quality for your company’s products and services. Prospective clients will be aware that your company is a real and respectable operation if you’ve gone through the procedure of acquiring the ACS accreditation for your company. At the end of the day, it increases the level of trust and confidence that individuals have in your organisation!

It also serves as an effective marketing tool. There is a plethora of private security companies from which you can choose. The factors that distinguish one firm from another are taken into consideration while picking which company to collaborate with. Participating in the ACS accreditation process will accomplish this goal. Aside from extra company activities, holding the Approved Contractor Scheme badge allows you to outsource projects to larger companies, which opens the door to new opportunities.

If you’re ready to get started on your route to having your firm ACS recognised, please contact us here at JVR Compliance Consultants & Auditors as soon as possible. One of the most skilled and knowledgeable compliance advice firms in the United Kingdom, we are well-known for our work. When you work with us, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

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