AEGIS CPD courses recognised by the Security Institute

March 29, 2015
Jim ODwyer

Three e-learning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses produced by security expert Jim O'Dwyer of AEGIS Protective Services have today been recognised by the Security Institute.

O'Dwyer said: "I'm delighted that all three Security CPD courses have been incorporated into the Security Institute's Continuing Professional Development scheme."

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The Security Institute is the UK’s largest professional membership body for security professionals and is committed to raising standards within the security profession. The Security Institute encourages everyone working in security to actively seek to develop their knowledge, competence and expertise.

The Security Institute's CPD scheme gives participants a competitive edge over other practitioners, enhancing confidence and competence. For more info: Click Here

Relevant to all security professionals

The content of the three security CPD courses has been drawn from the AEGIS Healthcare Security Officer Training Programme, which is approved and certificated by the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS).


O'Dwyer said: "Although the training was developed for Healthcare Security Officers, the topics covered make it relevant to all security professionals. "

Answering a growing need for inexpensive, convenient, certificated Security CPD .....


Certificated CPD provides:

  • Auditable, documentary proof of commitment to professionalism.
  • A means of assuring the public that individual professionals are up-to-date.
  • A way that regulatory bodies and professional associations can verify competence.

CPD is no longer optional for security service providers

A planned, structured, documented CPD programme for employees at all levels is an essential component of a successful security service provider’s Quality Management Systems (QMS).

This is reflected in the fact that it’s also:

  • A requirement of the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme.

The SIA Approved Contractor Scheme ACS Workbook Guide 1 January 2013 (page 38) states:

“The ACS Standard requires applicant organisations to have procedures in place to ensure that all employees have the relevant training to obtain an SIA licence and to provide additional and ongoing training to these employees to maintain and improve their effectiveness in their role. All relevant employees, including those not licensable, should be aware of this commitment to continue their professional development.”

  • Fundamental to achieving ISO 9001 : Quality Management Systems (and it will continue to be a requirement for the forthcoming ISO 9001:2015).
  • Integral to meeting the Security Industry Authority’s new ‘Business Licence’ application requirements, (which require security service provider organisations to evidence adherence to the principle of ‘continuous improvement’.)


All security professionals have a personal duty of care to not only keep their ‘occupational expertise’ up to date but also to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in order to broaden their knowledge and develop their skills and capabilities. However, a typically busy schedule can make finding the time for extended CPD challenging.


Our Certificated Security CPD e-learning courses (see below) should only take you about an hour or two to complete through to certification and because they are hosted online, you can access them any time of any day to suit yourself.

We recognise that, from time to time, things can crop up that get in the way of learning. So, we allow you up to three months to complete the learning and qualify.

Affordable Solution

Priced at only £9.99 plus VAT, our Certificated Security CPD courses are easily affordable and excellent value for money!


Our Certificated Security CPD e-learning courses

1. Self-Harm Awareness

This Certificated Security CPD e-learning course informs about the nature and extent of self-harming in the UK, identifies vulnerable groups; develops understanding of why people may self-harm and common methods used. It also introduces the concept of a ‘harm minimisation’ approach and provides guidance on how best to support people who have self-harmed or are considered ‘at risk’ of doing so.


2. Recognising Mental Ill Health & Learning Difficulties

Security Officers are not expected to be able to diagnose specific mental ill health or learning disabilities. However, it is most important that they can recognise signs of a person’s potential vulnerability (i.e. arising from their medical condition) as it will both inform and direct their approach and dealings with them. This Certificated Security CPD e-learning course provides a valuable insight into the characteristic signs, traits and symptoms of people who have mental ill health and learning difficulties.


3. Challenging Behaviour

‘Challenging Behaviour’ is any non-verbal, verbal or physical behaviour (including non-compliance) by service users which makes it difficult for staff to perform clinical tasks and/or poses a safety risk. Challenging Behaviour can range from mildly uncooperative to highly disruptive and dangerous conduct. This Certificated Security CPD e-learning course explains why Challenging Behaviour occurs and how best to prevent it happening.


More courses will be added soon. If you would like to be informed when they arrive, please let us know.