Why The SIA Approved Contractor Scheme Is More Important Than You May Think

In many organisations, it is a mandatory requirement that their suppliers must be certified to different industry standards and accreditation i.e. Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS), ISO standards, SafeContractor, Constructionline, CHAS etc. Being accredited is an important aspect of the supplier selection process. Holding Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) is proof to clients that the service provided is of high quality and fulfils various commitments that demand specific qualifications for approval. Being an approved contractor ensures that both the security provider and staff deal with situations safely and professionally. The importance of insurance is considered as well. If in some situations the involvement of insurance companies is concerned, if the security company is not ACS approved it could be a big issue then.

Guidelines by the SIA… You Must Know About Them:

  • SIA approved contractors must go through the regular assessment and must keep the SIA informed of any significant changes to the company
  • Companies must know that what is involved in the annual assessment
  • Security firms should be aware of the explanation of the assessment due date. So that their owner may know that when the annual assessment must be completed
  • You should know about the transferring between ACS Assessment Schemes, understanding how and when you can transfer between the standard and passport routes to approval
  • Use the ‘Guidance on business entities and business name changes’ to understand how a change to your business may affect its ACS approval
  • You must know what to do in case of change of circumstances due to significant changes to your business that are relevant to your ACS approval
  • You should be familiar with the policies if you no longer provide security services in an activity for which you are approved
  • How to correctly put the hallmark of ACS accreditation on the security companies website