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Security, like many professional industries, has many certifications available for management, technicians, salesman, and other types of employees. It is easy to stare at the myriad of certifications that are available and wonder which ones are considered essential, important, or optional. The requirements for each certification are different so it is intelligent to choose those that will be of the best benefit before investing time and money into pursuing a certification.

Each person in the security industry should first define short, mid, and long term goals prior to pursuing certifications. Some certifications are general and cover many areas and others are very specific. For example, there are many certifications related to IT security. These certifications can be expensive and challenging. If the individual seeking the certification is not intending to pursue an IT security job or project, then it wouldn’t make sense to spend the resources getting it since it won’t relate to other work.

I recommend sub dividing the low voltage and security industry areas first and choosing which to pursue. Once that decision is made, it is quite easy to research which certifications are relevant and important for the area of focus. If multiple areas of interest are desired, then I recommend choosing a priority order or designating certain staff to be responsible for holding specific certifications. If that ladder option is chosen, then I recommend having multiple people hold each of the important certifications to protect the company in the event that someone quits.

Please join us next week here at The O as we explore the benefits and relevance of certifications.

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Sean Crain is founder and CEO of Orion Security Solutions (OSS). Prior to starting OSS, Sean spent over eight years with the U.S. Department of State as a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Officer working in nearly 40 countries on 6 continents around the world including Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, Switzerland, Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Brazil, Peru, and Columbia.

He received advanced training in the techniques and methodologies of counter intelligence and anti-terrorism in order to carry out responsibilities which included designing, installing, and maintaining state-of-the-art security solutions to protect national security information, U.S Embassies and other sensitive U.S. facilities, and diplomatic personnel, including U.S. Presidents and Secretaries of State. Sean was also called upon to design and implement security protocols and systems which included video surveillance, intruder detection, access controls, locks, perimeter security, and assessments. He also played an integral role in writing the U.S. Department of State security policies for post communications centers, controlled access areas, and building management systems in U.S. Embassies, U.S. Consulates, and inter-agency facilities worldwide.