ISMI® CSMP® | Current Student Journey | Units 1 & 2 | Chapter 1

CSMP® is accredited by SFJ Awards/IQ as a Level 6 Organisation Diploma for Corporate Security Management. The Certified Security Management Professional CSMP® (Advanced Concepts) delivered by the International Security Management Institute®, United Kingdom.


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My study journey is written under consent of the CSMP® Course Director and the views and experiences expressed are solely of my own.

Chapter 1

During the month of April 2020, whilst I was working remotely, I decided, after almost two years of stalling, to enrol on the ISMI® CSMP® Level 6 Diploma, I am a June 2020 intake student having just started my Unit 4 workbook.

My primary goal was to compile my nineteen years of international security industry experience into a fit for purpose, meaningful, reputable international qualification, as I left school almost twenty years ago with barely a GCSE to my name and became a doorman, this seemed like the perfect option for me.

It was about time, in this competitive and saturated market to no-longer rely on my real-world, practical experience and ability, but to test this by implementing what I ''think'' I know, and seeing if I have the academic rigour required to achieve a meaningful qualification, comparable to a third-year undergraduate degree, this will become clearer come June 2021.

Over the past decade I have amassed an array of certificates, including the ASIS CPP®several years ago, however as a commercial certificate, and not a qualification, this no-longer held any true value for my career path, hence why I have never renewed this, along with many other courses I attended, which offered a certificate rather than a meaningful qualification endorsed by an awarding body, none I believe hold substance, depth and recognition like the CSMP® Level 6 Diploma.

Obviously other options may have been available to me, such as the Security and Risk Management MSc, PGDip or PGCert, by distance learning from Leicester University however the cost was significantly higher, not to mention the academic rigour required, hence from a practical point, my first port of call was to be the CSMP®.

Ironically, having enrolled on the course in early April 2020 I was then suddenly re-deployed as Duty Security Manager on site security operations on a shift pattern, also consisting of evening and overnight work, not to mention having a new born baby in the family, this was always going to be a huge undertaking and a significant investment of whatever free time I have, or had!

Unit 1 – Security Risk Analysis (Grade: PASS)

  • The practitioner is proficient in using a standard methodology to determine and prioritise security risk through the analysis of threat, vulnerabilities and impact.

  • 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.

  • The practitioner has studied how to demonstrate through metrics that the chosen risk management strategy will deliver a return on investment.

Unit 2 – Crime Prevention (Grade: EXCEEDED)

  • The practitioner has an advanced understanding of the drivers of crime, and the associated key crime motivation theories.

  • 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.

  • The practitioner is able to apply the best principles of environmental design to create a crime tranquil environment.

I recall receiving the Unit 1 content and immediately being rather surprised by the enormity of the study material, having obviously been prepared for a significant amount of study, I was not prepared for the ''depth'' of content, which ultimately provided me with additional skills and knowledge that I have now in this fundamental area.

The background material or student library as it's referred to, plays a crucial part in this program, it's easy to get bogged down in the unit textbooks, the background material is incredibly interesting and offers a huge insight into each respective unit from either well known enterprises or by other authors with opposing or aligning opinions. That being said, each unit comprises of an overwhelming amount of content which I myself have downloaded and stored on a cloud for further reading after I complete the 12 units.

The Unit 2 content was incredibly challenging for me, I am sure many students will find various units more complex than others. Both units are made a great deal easier if you have current working environment to base your answers from, if you do not have an environment that you can base scenarios from for analysis and comparison, you will likely struggle as you cannot simply falsify a case study environment, it would be impossible to do such a thing successfully, having already completed three units.

Make sure you ask Janet for a Non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prior to starting the course if you have concerns about basing your unit tasks on a former of existing work environment.

I recall past students telling me to formulate a study plan, however this plan soon changed for me, my advice is relatively simple, buy a tablet, as a laptop, desktop computer or phone will not suffice. Read the unit textbook cover to cover, and at any opportunity you get, even if it’s a chapter, topic or background note, read something unit related. The Course Director sends clear, concise advice with tips each month, this should be adhered to at all times in order to succeed.

Instead of lying in bed or on the sofa and watching a movie in my spare time, I open the monthly unit textbook and supporting content made available online via the student library, this has now become the alternate to Netflix in my household, and the results will be determined by this I hope, your dedication and discipline towards the study program is vitally important, as failing to read the unit textbook and supporting content, then trying to answer the tasks successfully is an impossibility.

During Unit 2 I inquired about the self-paced course, which comes at a higher cost and rightly so, delivered under an advisable three year time frame, as I was going through a busy period and the studies were becoming a hindrance rather than an enjoyable challenge, however after a few weeks of re-adjustments and asking myself ''how much do I want this?'', I soon completed the Unit and adapted to my study plan, and until now, have proved to be working well for me.

Last week I submitted my Unit 3 workbook, and I am now making my way through the Unit 4 content and textbook, having successfully completed three of the eight tasks within September's unit already, as I believe that upon clearly understanding and disseminating the unit content, and only once it has been fully read, an early start is vitally important and with thanks to the Course Director, content is often sent for the following month a week to two weeks prior to the month ending to enable resilience and provide ample time to study and conclude unit’s ahead of schedule, remembering, time management is a vital key skill for any security management professional.

Until the next update.

Adam WG Green ASyl

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