Security Industry Authority - Approved Contractor Scheme (SIA-ACS)

Demonstrate your commitment to best practice by becoming an approved contractor recognized by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and you can:

  • Save money
  • Simplify your licensing
  • Prove your competence
  • Improve efficiency
  • Deploy security staff while their licence applications are being processed
  • Gain recognition as one of the best providers of private security services
  • Attract new opportunities by joining the Register of SIA Approved Contractors

What is the SIA ACS?

The voluntary ACS scheme was developed by the SIA in partnership with leading security professionals. It applies to parts of the security industry regulated by the SIA and the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Companies that comply with the scheme are recognized as competent and well managed. It also provides assurance of the quality of the security service supplied.

From 20 March 2006, licences were legally required for security staff working for security companies that provide services on a contract outlined in the PSIA 2001. Later this year business licences will also be required for the security company. Being accredited to the ACS will be a pathway for the security company to gain a business licence.

Other pathways to get your business licence include ISO 9001 and Product Certification.

How to join the SIA-ACS scheme

We make the process simple by carrying out pre-certification assessment on behalf of the SIA. That means we apply our knowledge and experience to help you get the best for your business with SIA-ACS.

  1. First you register with the SIA who will decide eligibility
  2. Request access to the self-assessment workbook from the SIA
  3. Use the workbook to carry out your self-assessment and make sure you meet all the requirements
  4. Record your scores and evidence in the workbook throughout the process. Once this is complete you will share this information with the SIA via an online system
  5. We will then carry out an assessment to verify your scores and supporting evidence. When the assessment is completed successfully we will recommend your company to the SIA for certification
  6. Once certified, your company can display the Approved Contractor certificate in your reception or boardroom, and use the logo on your website, vehicles or wherever you wish to promote your ACS certification

Make the most of your certification

As a BSI client you can access a number of resources designed to help you get the most out of your certification. You’ll get regular updates on the latest developments in standards and management systems as well as our training courses and events. The support you receive from your client manager will continue alongside business reviews to help your organization maintain its competitive edge and to continually improve. 

Why choose BSI?

We pioneered standards more than 100 years ago and today we’re the market leader. We help over 70,000 organizations ranging from top global brands to small ambitious businesses in 150 countries to gain an edge over their competition. As one of the few organizations that understands standards from start to finish, we don’t only assess how well you’re meeting them, we create new standards from scratch and train teams globally to use them and perform better. Our knowledge can transform your organization.