Benefits of Using an Approved Contractor

When you hire a private security company you have a choice between one of our approved contractors or a company we have not approved.

On this page we list some of the reasons why you should choose an SIA approved contractor.

We have also produced a guide that covers a few other points to consider when choosing a security supplier. You can download it here (PDF, 460kb).

Quality assured by the industry regulator

Our Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) provides a recognised hallmark of quality within the private security industry.

We assess our approved contractors against 78 different areas of their business. These cover topics as diverse as staff training, financial management and the company's health and safety policies.

When you choose an approved contractor you can be sure that the business you are working with has passed a through quality assurance check.

A commitment to quality

Our Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) is a voluntary scheme. Any company that is part of the scheme has chosen to be.

Our ACS is a progressive quality standard. That means we continually raise the standard that companies must meet in order to be approved.

Quality assurance from top to bottom

Sub-contracting is a common practice in the private security industry. Approved contractors may only sub-contract to other approved contractors unless we have given them special permission to do otherwise. As a result, you can be confident that the quality of service you expect will be maintained.

A focus on you, the customer

Our ACS standard encourages approved contractors to tailor their services to your needs.