CSMP-Certified Practitioner: Statements of Capabilities

The CSMP® Level 6 Accredited Diploma is achieved by continuous assessment through a rigorous and challenging 12-month distance learning programme.  The focus of the assignments is on evidencing proficiency in application of the core concepts of each unit.  The following is a summary of some of the main competencies that practitioners should possess, having completed the programme.


CSMP®-Certified Practitioner Capabilities:


Security Risk Analysis

  1. The practitioner is proficient in using a standard methodology to determine and prioritise security risk through the analysis of threat, vulnerabilities and impact. 
  2. The practitioner is capable of selecting, for each identified risk, an appropriate and economical risk management approach that will reduce risk to as low as reasonably practicable.
  3. The practitioner has studied how to demonstrate through metrics that the chosen risk management strategy will deliver a return on investment.


Crime Prevention

  1. The practitioner has an advanced understanding of the drivers of crime, and the associated key crime motivation theories.
  2. The practitioner is able to select from a menu of different crime prevention and management approaches to address both externally- and internally-perpetrated crimes.  The approaches will be grounded in the best-known and most successful crime prevention theories, based on latest research.
  3. The practitioner is able to apply the best principles of environmental design to create a crime tranquil environment.


Managing the Security Function

  1. The practitioner understands the core skills necessary to manage a security function.
  2. The practitioner is able to focus the security programme correctly, using the most appropriate mix of hardware, procedures and personnel.
  3. The practitioner is able to match the security programme with the culture of the organisation, cross-network with managers to establish a collaborative approach to security risk management, and understands how to present the benefits of the programme to senior management.


Leadership and Management

  1. The practitioner understands the key differentiating factors between management and leadership and has the ability to put leadership good practice into effect.
  2. The practitioner has studied extensively the core theories on motivation and has the ability to apply these to ensure maximum productivity from the security team.
  3. The practitioner understands the dynamics of teamwork and the key underpinning theories, and is able to organise personnel into teams and leverage the dynamics that teamwork can deliver to the benefit of the organisation.


Security Design, Evaluation and Surveying

  1. The practitioner understands the fundamental set of principles that underpin every security design and is able to apply these to produce an optimally configured security programme that is in harmony with the culture of the organisation and its mission objectives.
  2. The practitioner is able to evaluate the effectiveness of security systems and programmes against a defined set of parameters. 
  3. The practitioner is able to survey the organisation’s security systems to identify areas of imbalance between risk and security and to make appropriate recommendations to optimise security resources in order to achieve greatest risk mitigation at an economical cost.


Perimeter Protection

  1. The practitioner is able to select from a range of perimeter protection options to design a perimeter which is appropriate to the culture and mission of the organisation and which reduces risk of intrusion to as low as reasonably practicable.
  2. The practitioner understands the range of surveillance, detection and delay technology available and is capable of selecting the right technologies for given circumstances and integrating all perimeter design elements to create an optimal protective design.
  3. The practitioner understands the inherent vulnerabilities of perimeters and is capable of advising how to integrate and configure manpower to create an effective perimeter defence that provides appropriate deterrence and credible response to incursion attempts.


Protecting Buildings

  1. The practitioner understands the range of crimes, security risks and vulnerabilities associated with buildings and is able to recommend security measures that are in harmony with the occupants need for health and safety. 
  2. The practitioner is able to select appropriate security measures for a range of building types and functions, from single-occupier, multi-tenant, old, new etc., and with a range of operations from industrial to retail.
  3. The practitioner understands well how to apply appropriate security measures to meet the specific requirements of varied internal building environments.  Measures include environmental design to reduce opportunities for crime, security hardening measures, locking systems, intrusion detection and assessment, incident response and surveillance.


Access Management

  1. The practitioner can select from a range of different access management approaches and regimes for a wide range of environments and functions.
  2. The practitioner understands the primary equipment, technology and methods necessary to create effective access management and can specify and apply these proficiently.
  3. The practitioner can select from a range of mechanical, electronic and biometric locking and access management devices and understands how and where each can best be utilised, while ensuring conformance with building and fire codes.


Video Surveillance (CCTV)

  1. The practitioner can differentiate between the pros and cons of the multitude of different CCTV surveillance options available.
  2. The practitioner can produce an outline specification for a CCTV surveillance concept for a range of circumstances, taking into account developments in technology and associated economical payback through diversified and dynamic return on investment.
  3. Through the correct and cost-effective application of CCTV surveillance the practitioner is able to reduce the exposure of the organisation to crime and loss.


Facility Counterterrorism

  1. The practitioner understands the range of typical terrorist tactics that are employed to attack an organisation.
  2. The practitioner has the ability to optimise standard security measures to mitigate the most common kinds of terrorist action.
  3. The practitioner is able to identify and specify those specific counterterrorism protective security measures necessary to address specific terrorist actions that can be mitigated by the optimisation of existing security means.


Protection of Information

  1. The practitioner is able to advise line and senior management on a range of current and emerging threats to information in hardcopy and electronic form, and advise on the unique respective implications of targeting trade secrets, proprietary information and personal data.
  2. The practitioner is able to recommend a range of human, technical and procedural countermeasures designed to reduce the exposure of sensitive information to compromise.
  3. The practitioner understands and can advise on threats to information in specific circumstances (e.g. travel, telephonic, spoken in meeting rooms and office etc.) and can advise on specific counter-technical surveillance measures to address each.


Protection of at-Risk Personnel

  1. The practitioner can produce policies and programmes designed to manage workplace violence risk.
  2. The practitioner can specify a range of security measures to reduce exposure to robbery in cash-handling areas.
  3. The practitioner can develop proactive programmes and emergency response measures which will be implemented in the event of an active shooter or disturbed person(s) with weapons on site.
  4. The practitioner can implement a programme of measures designed to manage the security business travellers while overseas.