For those wishing to advance into supervisory and managerial roles in the security industry, here are a few general guidelines:
Master one’s current position. One must excel as a private in order to become a corporal. One must excel as a corporal in order to become a sergeant.
Discover a mentor or mentors. Look for people who can “show you the ropes."
Find a sponsor. This may be the same person as the mentor or it can be someone else who can aid in promoting your brand within the organization. Sometimes sponsors leave the work group or organization and bring people along with them.
Understand organizational principles such as chain of command, uplines, etc.
Develop and document your leadership abilities. This may include taking on added responsibilities, coaching new hires or filling in for a supervisor in their absence. It may also include leadership roles outside of the organization such as athletic coaching, holding office with a civic or professional organization, etc.
Pursue continuing education, which can include coursework in how to supervise. Sometimes college courses cover this and serious consideration should be given to taking those courses.
The IFPO Security Supervision & Management Program (SSMP) is an open enrollment certificate option. It is also the first step toward becoming Certified in Security Supervision & Management (CSSM).
The International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO) is dedicated to providing meaningful and cost effective security training for security guards and protection officers.
We believe that education is a necessary and essential part of professional security training and the security officer’s background. IFPO serves individuals, security companies, and organizations that have their own private security staff. Our students and members benefit from the recognition and standing that the prestigious IFPO certification conveys.
International Foundation for Protection Officers Mission Statement
Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
Purpose: to make a positive difference in the quality of the participant’s job performance and elevate the professional status of students who partake of our learning opportunities.
Business: to supply committed security practitioners with a quality education to help achieve their highest potential and provide recognized accreditation for successful completion of educational goals.
Values: commitment, integrity, responsibility, and standards of excellence, provide the platform that supports our journey as we pursue our mission.
Commitment to Excellence: To be the recognized center of excellence and primary provider of education and training products and services to the security industry.
Mission Statement Part II.
“The International Foundation for Protection Officers is committed to the support and professional development of protection officers and supervisors. Through advocacy, promoting training standards, and providing accessible training, education and certification opportunities, we seek to enhance their professional standing as well as increase and diversify the value of the vital services they provide.”