ISMI® CSMP® | Current Student Journey | Units 3 & 4 | Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

I wish to thank those who took the time to read my first article on the CSMP® Qualification and my student journey, it can be found here if you have not already seen it.

I am now half way through Unit 6, working my way through the first two tasks, the required concentration levels have increased, as has the investment in time and regular moments of sitting, digesting and analyzing!

The complexity really does increase from unit 5 onwards, however unit 4 was incredibly enjoyable, especially studying the case study within the unit workbook, word of advice, do not be George!

Unit 3 – Managing the Security Function (Grade: PASS)

  • The practitioner understands the core skills necessary to manage a security function.

  • The practitioner is able to focus the security programme correctly, using the most appropriate mix of hardware, procedures and personnel.

  • 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.

Unit 4 - Leadership and Management Core Skills (Grade: PASS)

  • The practitioner understands the key differentiating factors between management and leadership and has the ability to put leadership good practice into effect.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Unit 3 was a really enjoyable unit, covering specifically the CSO (Chief Security Officer) and his role, going through very informative ASIS documentation and some really informative background documents.

Often the CSO role is not very well understood, often and in the past reserved for IT security rather than physical security, however this day in age, this has expanded to include overall corporate security such as a company's personnel and physical assets along with digital and physical information.

The unit also covers reactive and proactive security, the basics of security management, security programme design, security baseline standards, security roles and structures, contractor guardforce and front-line security guards and supervisors. All in all, an incredibly informative and enjoyable unit.

Unit 4 was one of the most rewarding thus far, specifically task 4.3c, with a number of case studies surrounding an incompetent security manager within the unit workbook, with the unit also covering extensive information on change management, budgets, project management, leadership and appraisals.

The units prior to unit 5 really do seem tame looking back, with a substantial step-up in unit 5 and 6, however, it is evident that different students may find certain units harder than others, for example in unit 6 I found myself being met with matters surrounding CCTV, PIDS, fencing and a number of other technical tasks, which are a relatively unknown to me, so the flipside is that I find myself learning as I implement this content into my unit assignments.

On average, for the previous four units at least, I have been able to submit my final paper on the 15th of the month, and at every chance, I have always submitted a draft early, unit 4 has a task which will require you to submit a draft. My study regime at this moment in time consists of a few evenings during the week, and a day and an evening at the weekend.

It is really important to get ahead early, do not dwell on the content, as soon as you can make a start, and always try and read the textbook when you have a moment, whether it be in a lunchbreak, before bed, or instead of Netflix.

Make sure you find a good balance between study and moments away from the content, to digest the magnitude of information which each unit presents. I find myself reading the core documents first, followed by the supporting documents on the areas which I require further clarification on.

On a concluding note, I wish I had partaken in this course a few years ago, however now is the right time for me and my career direction.

Thank you to David, Rob, Bill and Andrea thus far for your support, and willingness to support each student.

Until the next update.

Adam WG Green ASyl

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