Accreditations and Certifications

Striving for excellence, holding the most highly regarded qualifications and certifications in the Security Industry.

We are a highly accredited, insured and experienced team.

The Security Industry is constantly changing. In order to provide the best service possible, we continually train to attain new qualifications, putting our customers ahead of the curve.

As a Northern Ireland company we offer PSNI compliant systems and are insurance company approved for Alarm, CCTV and Access Control.

We are endorsed by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB). We offer our customers the best in Burglar Alarms, 4K CCTV Systems and Access Control along with a wide range of bespoke security solutions. We treat all our work seriously and confidentially.

Please note that additional security qualifications are held which are not listed here due to the sensitive nature of specialised security work. Additional information is available upon request.

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Security Industry Accreditations

This scheme is designed for companies who design, install, commission or maintain CCTV systems.
Certification against the requirements of this scheme ensures that customers receive these services in compliance with appropriate standards and codes of conduct. CCTV Systems designed by Advanced Overwatch are appropriate to the nature of the risk identified; they will be compliant with relevant legislation (including The Human Rights Act and Data Protection requirements as appropriate) and satisfy the agreed operational requirements.

Our installation and estimating team design specification, installation and/or maintenance of intruder alarm systems. Holding SSAIB our customers can be confident that the certification process has looked at all relevant aspects of our business process to ensure that it complies with standards and codes of practice. This assessment also includes a review of previous site installations for other customers.

This certification is available to ensure that companies hold the appropriate knowledge and skill to undertake the relevant range of burglar alarm services which we offer. It also helps to establish the financial stability and operational adequacy of the business setup.

This certification is appropriate for companies providing electronic installations designed to permit or deny access to supervised premises. Control services we offer may be by means of cards, tokens, codes or biometrics.
The certification shows that Advanced Overwatch have appropriate expertise in the design, provision, installation and/or maintenance of access control systems. System designs are appropriate to the nature of the risk identified; compliant with relevant legislation (including The Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and Disability Discrimination Act as appropriate) and satisfy the agreed operational requirements. This will encompass checking some or all of the items listed in the adjacent checklist.

CCTV Systems – Design, Installation, Integration and Maintenance

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has launched a new edition of its CCTV code of practice for the design, installation and maintenance of CCTV surveillance systems – NCP 104 Issue 3.

This edition includes guidance on protecting systems from cyber risks and emphasises the importance of thoroughly assessing customer security risks and requirements when developing CCTV system design.

The new NCP 104 provides installers with detailed recommendations and guidance to be followed as part of delivering a CCTV system design and ensures sustainability, functionality and effectiveness of a system.

The course covers the latest standard BS EN 62676-4:2015, (the current application guidelines for the use of video surveillance systems in security applications), but simplifies the process of system development and testing, by omitting specific requirements regarding system grading and the use of some specific image testing requirements.

Introduces requirements for design areas such as network (cyber) security, detectors, video analysis, audio and cabling, that are not covered by in BS EN 62676-4 and also covering current technologies and terminology.

Stands alone from BS 8418 which relates to the installation of remotely monitored detector activated CCTV systems.

Benefits to our customers include:

Customers buying CCTV surveillance systems designed, installed and maintained to comply with this latest edition can be assured of:

  • Security needs being fully assessed, documented and agreed prior to any design work;
  • System design addressing agreed security needs, usability and operating requirements including network (cyber) security
    thorough validation and testing of the CCTV system;
  • Appropriate user training;
  • Fully documented maintenance requirements

Advanced Overwatch awarded Dahua Certified Integrator Partner for the UK and Ireland (DIPP).Dahua Integrator Partner Training enhances Advanced Overwatch competitiveness in the marketplace and helps us to deliver tomorrow’s CCTV solutions to our customers, today. By partnering with Dahua Advanced Overwatch can offer our customers access to the most advanced video surveillance equipment and software available, as well as to the people who develop it.

Dahua Technology is a world leader in video surveillance manufacturing who create advanced electronic security solutions for transportation, intelligent buildings, education, city surveillance, retail and commercial markets worldwide. The company have more than 3000 people employed in R&D roles and focus on continuing innovation which sees the company invest 10% of turnover in R&D every year.

Dahua Technology has won many international awards over the years and strives to be the security industry’s partner of choice. Find out more about our DIPP award by clicking here.

Fire Systems, Install, Inspection and Design

1 – Fire Detection Design

  • Standards, the equipment and the principles of Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems.

2 – Advanced Detection Design

  • The application of BS 5839:2013 for detector and alarm coverage and spacing
  • Efficient usage of detectors
  • The effect of obstructions such as beams
  • The effect of roof design and construction for all types of detector
  • The categories of protection in the latest Code of Practice
  • Detection in voids, lift shafts and stairways

3 – Advanced Alarm Design

  • Detailed design calculations for alarms
  • The effect of ambient noise
  • The recommendations for alarm zones and phased evacuation
  • Communications with the fire service
  • Cable limitations, especially for loops
  • The recommendations for network cables
  • Battery calculations for standby and alarm durations

Provision of compliant fire detection and alarm systems. The modular scheme was written and developed by stakeholders from all quarters of the industry, chaired by an international fire risk professional and was officially launched in July 2002. The scheme is delivered on BAFE’s behalf by licensed UKAS accredited Certification Bodies.

Specifically designed to provide course members with the knowledge and understanding required to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. This course provides participants with the ability to confidently carry out effective Fire Risk Assessments to meet the current legislation requirements.

Structured Cabling and Networking

As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. The CCNA certification provides technical knowledge and ensures the relevant skill sets that are needed are kept up-to-date for the adoption of next generation technologies.

Correct installation procedures are a fundamental part of today’s structured cabling industry. We are committed to ensuring that our cabling systems are installed quickly, professionally and coincide with the rapidly changing standards proposed by ISO/IEC and EIA/TIA.

Information Technology and Data

CompTIA A+ is a performance-based IT certification across a variety of devices and operating systems. CompTIA Network+ certifies the essential skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless devices.

The course offers a broadly-based education in computing science. It equips to apply best-practice software engineering skills to the development of a wide range of information systems in organisations.

OCR/RSA provides learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology operates in conjunction with the development of critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

Cyber Security / Data Protection

Developed in collaboration with the law firms, Bird and Bird, Field Fisher, Wilson/Sonsini and Covington and Burling, the CIPP/E encompasses pan-European and national data protection laws, key privacy terminology and practical concepts concerning the protection of personal data and trans-border data flows.

The CIPM designation demonstrates to our customers that we are a leader in privacy program administration and that we have got the knowledge to establish, maintain and manage a privacy program across all stages of its life cycle.

Advanced Overwatch demonstrate security commitment with Cyber Essentials

Our customers can be reassured that Advanced Overwatch, as holders of Cyber Essentials, take cyber security, Data Protection law and UK-GDPR seriously and we have demonstrated supply chain security. By implementing the security controls from Cyber Essentials, we protect our data and that of our customers from phishing attacks, malware, ransomware, password hacking and network attacks.

When recommending, specifying or designing a CCTV, alarm or bespoke security system, data security and cyber security are a key focus.

Cyber Essentials is a United Kingdom Government information assurance scheme that is operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The scheme demonstrates to our customers that we operate best practice with protection of our data, customer data and operation of our infrastructure to prevent against attack and data misuse.

Health & Safety / First Aid

NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is a leading health and safety award for the construction industry, with over 12,000 successful candidates since 1989.  Nebosh is a globally recognised heath, safety and environmental qualifications provider.

Responsible leaders recognise the importance of safety and health.

Reduce accident rates, absence and sick leave
Increased productivity
Improved reputation among suppliers, clients and partners
Reduced insurance premiums and legal costs
Better business continuity

Managing Safely is unlike any other safety and health course. Why? Because it delivers practical step-by-step guidance with a sharp business focus. This certification is an Internationally recognised certification for managers and supervisors. This course helps improve organisation-wide safety awareness culture and appreciation of safety measures and promotes active staff involvement to improve the workplace in house or on customer premises.

CSR aims to raise health and safety standards and reduce accidents in the industry by ensuring that all construction workers undertake health and safety training every 4 years. The Construction Skills Register is the industry approved card scheme for the construction industry in Northern Ireland.

Constructionline is a register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants. Constructionline was established in 1998 by the UK government to provide a single point of reference for all pre-qualification data for the construction industry. PAS 91 is a standardised pre-qualification questionnaire which has been developed to reduce the need for suppliers to complete a variety of different pre-qualification questionnaires for different, and in some cases, the same clients.

Developed by the British Standards Institute (BSI), the question set has been commissioned by Government and is a recommended common minimum standard for construction procurement. Updates to PAS 91 have been introduced in 2013 through consultation with professional bodies and trade associations such as the National Federation of Builders (NFB), Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group (SEC) and Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP).

With all public sector buyers needing to pre-qualify construction suppliers; inefficient buying practices can amount to huge amounts of wasted time and money for buyers and suppliers alike.

Launched in 2012, Acclaim Accreditation is the health and safety accreditation service provided by Supplier Assessment Services. Acclaim carry out an online assessment of a company’s health and safety documentation and work activities as an independent competent assurance of the systems you have in place. As an SSIP members scheme, Acclaim Accreditation supports the objectives of SSIP (Safety Schemes In Procurement) to improve health and safety standards across the UK and reduce duplication of paperwork in procurement.

The course is in compliance with the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and approved by HSENI. Regardless of profession, First Aid is an indispensable skill to have. Health and Safety Regulations of 1981 outline that it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure staff have access to “adequate” first aid treatment. Having Certified First Aiders at all Advanced Overwatch job sites satisfy this criteria and make our workplace safer for everyone.

This certification covers ADR Regulations and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (CDG) 2009. The regulations require that the operator of any motor vehicle which is engaged in the carriage of dangerous goods shall ensure that the driver of the vehicle has received adequate instruction and training.

Business Operations & Management

Advanced Overwatch staff have completed the IT Governance Information Security & ISO27001 Staff Awareness course which enables employees to gain a better understanding of information security risks and compliance requirements in line with ISO/IEC 27001:2013, thereby reducing the organisation’s exposure to security threats.

This course addresses the importance of understanding your organisation’s information security policies and explores information security risks within the workplace.

All Advanced Overwatch staff have completed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) training and awareness and are knowledgeable in the compliance obligations for organisations under these Regulations. Our staff have a complete foundation on the principles, roles, responsibilities and processes under the Regulation.

This course enables students to understand international business best practices, equipping them either to manage a business in an international context. This qualification encourages students to develop an understanding of a range of economic business concepts and an ability to use these economic concepts in a variety of different contexts, and use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to business operations.

We believe that Continued Development Training should be about enlivening, inspiring and motivating people, giving them simple usable skills, and making the training room a really fun place to be for our staff encouraging continued learning. This course offered us additional insight and a practical, how-to overview of the entire training function and how to better train our people. Through modeling of the best practices and latest techniques in training delivery, discover the 4Ps of training: Purpose & Assessment, Planning & Preparation, Presentation & Facilitation, and Performance & Evaluation.

Social Value accreditation demonstrates that Advanced Overwatch are meeting our social value commitments – Social Value is defined as an activity that contributes ‘to the long-term well-being and resilience of individuals, communities and society in general.’ Since the introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act back in Jan 2013, people who commission public services have been required to think about how they can also secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits.

This qualification covers understanding the principles and practices of assessment, assessing occupational competence in the work environment and assessing vocational skills, knowledge and understanding.

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