Education and Certification


The Education and Certification Board of SPA is charged with maintaining and developing a body of knowledge and process around the education, certification and career development of security professionals.

Recognising that security is a distinct managerial and technical discipline with its own body of knowledge, research and the application of expertise the ACSP considers qualifications to be the core means of recognition for any security practitioner. To ensure proper recognition of security professional qualifications SPA has established an independent Security Professionals’ Registry – Australasia (SPR-A).to set, maintain and manage standards of professional competence

The core test for registration is an applicant’s security qualifications issued by a relevant approved body, which recognises a person as having achieved learning outcomes or competencies that are relevant to the security industry, individuals, professional standards and personal needs.

The qualifications necessary for a security professional include not only approved educational achievement but also demonstrated competencies. In other words what is expected of a security professional in applying what they have learned and embodies the ability to transfer and apply skills and knowledge to new situations and environments.

Inherent in the recognition of competency development is a career long process of practice and reflection on security issues. As competencies apply to careers as well as jobs, lifelong competency development is linked with continuing personal development, an activity endorsed by SPA as a major objective for all career security professionals.

Application for registration with the SPR-A can be made at

Enhancing Security Professional Skills and Competencies

As part of its commitment to the development of the security profession, SPA is undertaking a program to better define and elaborate on security professional competencies. We consider those competencies relate to the possession and application of both knowledge and skills to defined standards, expressed as outcomes that correspond to relevant workplace requirements and other vocational needs.

With the growth of the security industry competencies are changing and expectations of security professionals becoming more complex. Because of this, SPA will shortly undertake the development of an up-to-date Competency Framework for Security Professionals, with the support of SHL, a major provider of competency frameworks for industry and Government.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Education and Certification activities please contact the Chairman of the Education and Certification Advisory Board, Konrad Buczynski.

Competency Framework

  1. A technical security competency framework ( was developed by the Education and Competency Committee of the Council in 2012. This evolving framework is utilised by the Security Professional’s Registry ( to assess related attributes submitted by “Registered Security Professional” applicants. Competencies within the framework are arranged around the following practice areas:
  • Security Enterprise Management.
  • Security Risk Management.
  • Information/Communications Security.
  • Personnel Security.
  • Physical Security.

Continuing Professional Development

The SPA is committed to the development of a formal body of knowledge for security professionals recognising this includes clearly understood qualifications and competency standards and a commitment to Continuing Professional Development. ”

Engagement in continuing learning is a defining characteristic of a profession. Because of this the Council considers CPD an essential way for security professionals to keep up-to-date with the latest issues and developments in the security arena, giving those who undertake such activities a competitive edge over other practitioners while enhancing individual confidence and competence.

As part of its development of security professional practices SPA is developing a structured method of encouraging participants to achieve a minimum level of competency over a set period of time. The first step in this process is the development of a set of security profession competencies, which is now underway.

The development of such competencies will provide a springboard into a Security Professional Continuing Personal Development Program which is now being developed. The purpose of this Program is to enable security professionals to develop and expand their professional competence to meet their obligation to provide ethical, effective and competent service to their clients.

The core principals guiding the development of this program are: that it should be:

  • compulsory rather than voluntary;
  • practical in application rather than theoretical;
  • logically structured and flexible enough to enable all participants to meet requirements by completing a program that is relevant to their particular area of practice, location and years of experience;
  • easily administered and internally consistent;
  • transparent in application and equitable in terms of the demand it places on all security professionals;
  • easy to communicate with a common language; and
  • focused on learner needs as well as organisational interests.

Any security professional interested in developing and participating in the CPD Program should contact the Chair of the Education and Certification Advisory Board ———

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