ASIS, SIA launch joint learning management system

Monday, September 29, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and SILVER SPRING, Md.—ASIS International and the Security Industry Association have launched my Global Portal for Security (myGPS), a learning platform for security industry professionals, according to a joint news release from the organizations.

MyGPS is a professional development tool as well as an information resource for those considering a career in the industry, offering a compilation of classroom and online training options for those seeking to close knowledge and performance gaps through education and training. With the foundation in place, the system will evolve over time to include career tracking and management of SIA and ASIS certification.

Additionally, the organizations plan to add a host of new courses, education materials and career planning tools to the new portal, further supporting security professionals in attaining their career potential.

“A competency-based workforce is becoming more critical to performance. This is especially true for the security industry as many professionals transition from other business sectors to assume responsibility within an organization,” ASIS President Richard E. Widup, Jr., CPP, said in a prepared statement. “MyGPS is an invaluable tool for practitioners from across our industry, as well as others considering careers in security. In the future, it will aid professionals in planning a career path and in identifying the required competencies to excel and achieve success. Working together with SIA in its development seemed a natural, synergistic partnership.”

Currently, SIA’s library features 31 project management courses for security project managers, the release noted.

“MyGPS is a great example of high-quality offerings produced through the unique collaboration between the security companies of SIA and the protection professionals of ASIS,” SIA Chairman John Stroia, chief operating officer, The Will-Burt Company, said in the release. “All security professionals will find value in the educational opportunities available through the myGPS learning management system, particularly those seeking to deepen their knowledge of security project management and perhaps start down the road of becoming a Certified Security Project Manager.”