Renewal of Certificate project

May 2015 Associations

The Private Security Regulatory Authority officially rolled out the Renewal of Certificate project with effect from the 1st December 2014 as part of fulfilling its regulatory mandate in interest of public safety. The purpose of the project is to ensure that only legible registered applicants (security officers and businesses) receive the new certificate with new security features encrypted. For the first time, the PSiRA Certificate has an expiry date (18 months for security officers and 12 months for security businesses).

It is in the best interest of the public for the authority to promote public safety through effective regulation of the private security industry. The authority has a statutory obligation “To protect the constitutional rights of all people to life, safety and dignity through the effective promotion and regulation of the private security industry”.

Why a new certificate?

PSiRA has identified industry non-compliance by unscrupulous security service providers as a risk that must be managed and controlled effectively. Furthermore, the increasing identity theft currently taking place within the industry is not only compromising the integrity of the private security sector and economy, but further put public safety at risk. The authority is deploying the renewal project as one of the strategies to help to address these challenges.

• The new certificate has improved security features to prevent forgery and address identity theft and paper quality has been improved;

• The new certificate is implemented in line with the Home Affairs database integration to authenticate the identity of applicants;

• Integration with the Department of Home Affairs to verify citizenship through the use electronic fingerprints scanning;

• The new certificate has an expiry date (18 months for security officers and 12 months for security businesses);

• Part of the registration process for security businesses incorporate producing a valid tax-clearance certificate.

This article is an extract from a PSiRA Industry Circular. The full article is available on PSiRA’s website at

For more information contact PSiRA, 086 133 3850,,

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