Industry specific qualifications

July 23, 2018

 

For a number of years now we have contemplated the lessening competencies of those who currently work in this very demanding profession the world over and on March 4th 2018 I posted an article on LinkedIn in the attempt to explain why.
 

I purposely chose the profound phrase coined by Stephen Hawkins “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance of knowledge, it is the illusion of knowledge” as I firmly believe that this illusion of knowledge is the crux of our problems throughout the security industry today.
 

The point I wish to impress on everyone is that in the context of the qualifications, skills are described as cognitive (involving the use of logical, intuitive and creative thinking) and practical (involving manual dexterity and the use of methods, materials, tools and instruments).
 

The fact is, commonly used multi choice test papers by design cannot give any insight to the use of logical, intuitive and creative thinking and therefore should be discontinued as a means of assessing knowledge.
 

Instead we should all have a greater understanding of what the Regulatory Qualification Framework RQF) or European Qualification Framework (EQF) means when it comes to what the different levels mean, so here are the explanations I put to the Security Industry Authority (SIA), so let's hope they take notice.
 

RQF Level 2 | EQF Level 3 - The learning outcomes relevant are knowledge of facts, principles, processes and general concepts, in a field of work to develop a range of cognitive and practical skills required to accomplish tasks and solve problems by selecting and applying basic methods, tools, materials and information thus enabling the student to take responsibility for completion of tasks in work; adapt own behaviour to circumstances in solving problems.
 

In a nutshell demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of a subject developing the ability to do a variety of tasks with some guidance or supervision, suitable for many job roles.
 

RQF Level 3 | EQF Level 4 - The learning outcomes relevant are a range of cognitive and practical skills required to generate solutions to specific problems in a field of work thus enabling the exercise of self-management within the guidelines of work contexts that are usually predictable but are subject to change; supervise the routine work of others and taking some responsibility for the evaluation and improvement of work activities.
 

In a nutshell demonstrates the ability to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding at a detailed level appropriate if you plan to work independently or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work.
 

RQF Level 4 | EQF Level 5 - The learning outcomes relevant are a comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills required to develop creative solutions to abstract problems enabling the exercise of management and supervision in contexts of work activities where there is unpredictable change; review and develop performance of self and others.
 

In a nutshell demonstrates specialist learning, involving detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work, suitable for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others.
 

RQF Level 5 | EQF Level 6 - The learning outcomes relevant are advanced skills, demonstrating mastery and innovation, required to solve complex and unpredictable problems in a specialised field of work thus enabling one to manage complex technical or professional activities or projects, taking responsibility for decision-making in unpredictable work contexts; take responsibility for managing professional development of individuals and groups.
 

In a nutshell demonstrates the ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work, so one can respond to complex problems and situations which involves high level of work expertise and competence in managing and training others and is suitable for people working as higher-grade technicians, professionals or managers.
 

Given the high sophistication required to be a professional bodyguard, development should be more than one or two short course we see on offer today more to the point, they should be relevant to a progressive career development requiring a thorough understanding of the knowledge and requisite skills needed as well as the ability to perform those skills at a high level of competency.
 

With that said, close protection requires relevant learning outcomes which require a comprehensive range of cognitive and practical skills required to develop creative solutions to abstract problems enabling the exercise of management and supervision in contexts of work activities where there is unpredictable change; and ability to review and develop performance of self and others and should therefore be graded at RQF Level 4 | EQF Level 5 with the opportunity to advance to RQF Level 5 | EQF Level 6 where the learning outcomes relevant are advanced skills, demonstrating mastery and innovation required to solve complex and unpredictable problems in a specialised field of work.
 

This should be the standard for those managing or leading teams etc.
 

I could not leave the business of managing licensed premises (Bars and Clubs) out and so added further that learning outcomes for working as a Door Supervisor in the Private Security Industry requires a range of cognitive and practical skills required to generate solutions to specific problems in a field of work thus enabling them to exercise self-management within the guidelines of work contexts that are usually predictable but are subject to change; supervise the routine work of others, taking some responsibility for the evaluation and improvement of work activities and should therefore be graded at RQF Level 3 | EQF Level 4
 

I strongly believe that by making these distinctions, only then will we be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.
 

Chaff is indigestible by humans, but livestock can eat it and in agriculture it is used as livestock fodder, or is a waste material ploughed into the soil or burnt.

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