• SIA Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Routes to Approval

SIA Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Routes to Approval

CCAS is one of only two certification bodies approved by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to offer accredited assessments to the Approved Contractors Scheme (ACS) through either the Standard Route and Passport Scheme

The Standard Route Approval covers assessments solely to the ACS Standard.

The CCAS Passport Scheme is where CCAS uses the approach of combining a number of Standards i.e. ACS, ISO 9001, BS7858 into a one stop shop assessment, which can be extremely cost effective for many organisations.

To date, CCAS has assessed in excess of 300 security firms to the ACS across the United Kingdom, since it was first launched in February 2006.

The SIA ACS is based upon widely recognised business improvement models: ISO 9001 and the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Modelâ„¢. The Scheme also references the British Standard codes of practice applicable to the private security industry and conformance to the relevant codes is built into the ACS requirements.

There are two routes to approval, either the Standard Route or the CCAS Passport Scheme, each designed to meet the same challenging requirements.

To find out more about the CCAS two routes to approval please click on the following links:

      ACS Standard Route          

              CCAS Passport Scheme Approval



To find out more about how to become an Approved Contractor, please click on the following link which takes you to the official SIA ACS application guidance document - https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Documents/acs/sia_acs_how_to.pdf. For security companies wishing to receive a formal quotation, please complete our free, no obligation quotation form.


For organisations that already hold SIA ACS approval and who are not completely satisfied with the service being provided by their current certification body, can transfer their accreditation's to CCAS in a seamless, non-distruptive manor.

To obtain further information about the process of transferring your current approval, please click on the following link: https://www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/Documents/acs/contractors/sia_acs_g023_scheme_transfers.pd.