Understanding and Implementing BS 7858:2012 Security Screening of Staff

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IPSA Training at Stratford, London

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How well do you know your employees?

Employees are often cited as a company’s greatest asset. But how well do you know your employees, especially new recruits who are about to join the company? Getting it wrong at this point could be detrimental to your company. Pre-employment interviewing may find a person who appears to be right for the job, but is there sufficient information to enable a proper decision to be made about their engagement?

Pre-employment Screening is the process of looking at specific aspects of an individual’s character and suitability for employment. BS 7858 – 2012 is the code of practice for screening developed by the British Standards Institution, used widely in the security industry, and is now applicable to and being adopted by many other business sectors.

The current version of the Standard requires:

• Establishing identity, nationality and residence
• Employment history
• Personal references
• Financial checks
• Criminal records check

The SAFE / IPSA Screening Course has been developed by individuals experienced in screening including the IPSA representative on the British Standards committee responsible for the screening standard.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for administrators responsible for screening job applicants on behalf of employers and is relevant for those responsible for supervising or managing screening and recruitment services.

Those attending as a refresher course will find additional emphasis on recent changes. The course is designed to comply with the requirements of Clause 8.2 of BS 7858 – Training of individuals employed in security screening.

Course Content

The course includes:

• What is contained in BS 7858:2012
• Establishing records and procedures for screening
• What to look for when screening and how to resolve problems
• Requirements for detecting fraudulent documents
• Compliance with the Data Protection Act


Assimilation of knowledge is assessed by a multiple choice examination.

Course Length

One day course


Participants receive a SAFE/IPSA level 2 customised Award externally accredited by IQ.


The cost is £230 + VAT (£276) per person including certification. Discounts apply for IPSA members (20%) and/or booking multiple places (10%).

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