SIA to launch CPSM program at ISC West

SSN Staff  - 
Sunday, February 1, 2004

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Security Industry Association plans to roll out its latest educational offering, the Certified Security Project Manager, at the ISC West show, which will be held from March 31 to April 2 in Las Vegas.

In creating the program, SIA has worked with Nadim Sawaya, president of Enterprise Performance Consulting, to develop this three-part certification program that the association said aims to promote professional excellence for project managers in the security industry. Sawaya assembled an advisory board of industry experts who provided advice and counsel for the design, development and delivery of the CSPM program.

The CPSM program will certify individuals who have demonstrated their proficiency in every aspect of project management, as it relates to security systems integration projects. The program consists of a combination of educational training, practical experience and a final certification exam.

Participants in the program will receive 40 hours of specialized training and 20 hours of self-study in areas that include estimating and financial aspects of security projects, contracting law and life safety codes and risk management.

The level of practical experience required will depend on the participants’ level of higher education. Candidates with high school diplomas may be required to log 3,000 hours of practical experience as a project manager, while someone with a more advanced education may be required to log fewer hours.