Applying to the Register of Chartered Security Professionals

Chartered Security Professionals must be of undisputed integrity and have a good awareness of general security principles and a high level of expertise. They must be operating at a strategic level, or the senior end of the operational level, of security practice.

In addition anyone engaged primarily in teaching of security subjects, or in public or private organisations involved in security activity, as regulated by the Registration Authority, is eligible to apply. In these cases, practical application will refer to the job role individuals undertake, rather than the direct provision of security services.


Admittance to the Register demonstrates to clients, employers, peers and the public an ability to deliver quality results and a commitment to Continual Professional Development.

The application process will confirm your competence in the following five areas:

  • Knowledge
  • Practice Skills
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Professional Commitment

Application Pathways

There are two pathways to registration.

Standard path. For this, you must have

  • Five years' operational security experience, including two at Chartered competence level.
  • A degree in a security-related discipline or a degree in any discipline plus an upper level (minimum Level 5) security-related vocational qualification.

Individual path. For this, you must have:

  • Ten years' operational security experience, including five at Chartered competence level.
  • You will be asked to complete a 4,000 - 12,000 word portfolio demonstrating that you meet the defined competence requirements (This is not required with the initial application - the portfolio content will be advised once your application has been reviewed).

Rather than a full application, you may opt to submit an Expression of Interest application, which provides an initial appraisal of your experience and qualfications prior to proceeding with the full application. Details of this are explained in the Application Guidance Notes.

Both pathways require attendance at an interview in the UK, which is not negotiable.

How to Apply

To apply, read the Application Guidance Notesthen download and complete the following documents:

Submit these with

  • Your current CV and Job Description
  • Supporting evidence (such as certificates, articles, presentations, letters of commendation etc.)
  • Payment

email (or post) them to  . All applications are acknowledged. A personal mentor is available to advise you on your application on request.

The Application Process

You will receive individual support and regular communications throughout the process. Further guidance will be issued if a Portfolio is required, and to help you prepare for your interview. Timescales depend on your availability to attend for interview, but typically take between 4 - 6 weeks for Standard pathway applicants, and 8 - 12 weeks for Individual pathway applicants.

  • Your application pack will be thoroughly scrutinised, and vetting checks and reference checks will be taken up.
  • If you do not hold formal qualifications, you will be asked to write and submit a portfolio to complete your paperwork.
  • You will be invited to an interview with two assessors where you will have the opportunity to give a 15-20 minute presentation.
  • A final review of all aspects of your application will be undertaken, and the decision made to admit or refer you.