About Us

The International Professional Security Association (IPSA) is a membership body for individuals and companies working in security and associated roles.

The Association was formed over 50 years ago to ensure professionalism in the management of security operations. IPSA as an established and recognised worldwide professional organisation, provides, in accordance with growing demand, a specialised unrivalled service to industry/commerce. There are no geographical boundaries in operation and the highest technical standards are stringently applied in all our dealings. The Association operates within the framework of fourteen regions which includes many overseas countries.

There is a clear understanding which is spelt out in all our literature that the Association has no trade union or political connections or aspirations. IPSA is an independent body controlled and paid for by its members. Membership is available to:

  • Persons wholly employed in the industry
  • Persons who are preparing to come into the industry (i.e. Police Officers, Members of the Armed Forces, students, etc.)
  • Security Guarding Organisations
  • Door Supervisors
  • Businesses engaged in the manufacture or supply of security equipment
  • Consultant Companies
  • Training Companies
  • Organisations who employ their own security staff

Plus many other types of business. See the Membership Categories page for more details. IPSA offers membership to those employed in Industrial or Commercial Security and to those companies who supply services or materials used in connection with Industrial or Commercial Security. The Association also provides a number of training courses for Industrial or Commercial Security personnel and management. See Training for more details.


TO ESTABLISH, promote and encourage the science and professional practice of industrial and commercial security and all operations and expedients connected therewith.

TO PROMOTE and make more effective security measures and to improve the status of the individual by promoting a close liaison between all members of the profession, thus making possible an exchange of ideas, knowledge, information and experience in all matters of common interest and mutual concern.

TO PROVIDE and to promote a means for maintaining a comprehensive body of the security profession and to collect, collate, co-ordinate, and distribute by any means deemed advisable, data, information, ideas, knowledge, methods and techniques for the benefit and improvement of the security profession and its members.

TO ESTABLISH, foster and encourage ethical and professional standards of work and conduct for members of the security profession and to take all such steps as are necessary and expedient in this connection.

TO MAKE SURVEYS AND STUDIES, hold conferences, forums and training courses and arrange for the presentation of lectures and the reading of papers on matters and problems of interest to members of the Association: to foster, promote, encourage and facilitate discussion, study, and research on matters and problems of all kinds connected with security; and generally to collect and disseminate in any manner or by any means deemed appropriate, information of interest to the Association members or to the public at large.

TO OPERATE for the benefit of the industry, commerce, the industrial security professional in general and Association Members in particular.


The Association is self-funding and not-for-profit.

The following IPSA member companies have provided additional annual sponsorship towards the cost of this website:

Elizabethan Security Ltd

Get in touch with IPSA

We'll get back to you via email, or alternatively give us a call on 01257 249945.


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