Specialist Security Management


Full Registered User
Having worked in Security Management for a number of decades now, initially doing events pre-licencing (last century in fact ), then in the military, then private sector and now in the public sector I am always interested in continuing professional development and very much of the opinion that no one person is fully trained and competent in their roles, whether that's due to peripheral skills knowledge and experience, or due to the changes and developments within legislation, case law, technology or threats.
So moving on to my query; I, as many of us do, hold a number of qualifications, both vocational and academic, relevent to my role, and now that I am at the end of my MSc Dissertation, I am reflection not only on "what is next" (I have no desire to consider a PHD), but I also question how relevent the courses on offer are. Some are vocational, some are consultancy based, and some are pure academic, but how many truly give you the required skills to move in to the management side of the industry?
There is an ever-changing number of degree level (4-8) qualifications out there. All I would suggest have a module on risk management (arguably completely fundamental), but do they actually give you the skills and knowledge (experience only really comes from doing the doing I believe) to take the next step and apply for the next job.
So here is the question:
What SHOULD a security management course (academic, vocational, or pracademic) include?
Keen to hear peoples thoughts.
Thanks in advance.


Longterm Registered User

Great post, you have raised lots of valid points. My advice would be to take your experience and with a college, we use Highfield’s and create / make a course, make it at least a level 3 so it will have some value.
The course content and qualification is for you to determine but I’d look beyond the Sia possible MOJ or law enforcement




Longterm Registered User
Pretty much picked it up as I went along too, but agree any course should start with security risk management 101, and a degree of physical security.

Then you have all your bolt on's depending on what type of industry you are in. For me I have people all over the place so travel risk management is incredibly important. For others in manufacturing, supply chain risk management may be more important.

In an ever changing world you have gender based violence, work based violence, inclusion, insider threat etc........the list goes on but its important to stay at the front if you want to compete.