We would like to introduce VDI graduates to the International Security Driver Association (ISDA). ISDA’s mission is to provide and support an international forum of protective services providers who share knowledge for the ultimate purpose of enhancing professional and business standards. ISDA serves the protective services community with an emphasis on secure transportation and security driving.
ISDA is Not New
Although the association is new, the concept is not. As a VDI graduate, you are part of a 40-year tradition.
During that time, the security community has (via the old Scotti School), and continues (via VDI) to send their personnel to be certified by the ISDA process. In fact, it is the market that refers to the ISDA process as certification. The ISDA certifications are the classic business model of the market dictating the course of action.
ISDA is the next step in the evolution of the industry and was created to recognize, the experience, skill, and knowledge of those who have made a commitment to their profession.
ISDA offers two levels of membership: ISDA Basic and Certified Membership. ISDA offers eligible members certification in security driving and secure transportation. As a VDI graduate with a minimum of two years of experience in the profession you qualify for this level of membership.
Most of the industry-offered training is not certification. Rather, it is training to a certificate. Although a training certificate is valuable, it is not a certification as defined by the credentialing organizations that are the standards in all other professions. The quality and legitimacy of a certification are determined by the standards used to govern the program.
Your VDI training complies with the process and guidelines as defined by credentialing organizations and standards that are recognized in all other industries. That process requires a test of knowledge and skill, combined with experience. As a VDI graduate, your skills have been measured to an objective, documented standard, which are the highest in the profession. It is time to be recognized for that accomplishment.
To complete the secure transportation certification process, you will need to document that you have a minimum of two years’ experience, take a knowledge test, and provide documentation of Red Cross first aid, CPR, and AED training.
ISDA will offer online learning programs, free to members.
Publishing Assistance – We welcome members to write for Security Driver Magazine (SDM) as a networking and marketing opportunity. Writing and publishing an article is one of the best career-enhancement tools available.
Many practitioners may be hesitant to write an article. As part of your membership benefits, ISDA will supply you with the tools to help you become an author. Your membership dues include a free proofreading service. This service will review your article and create the best possible manuscript for publication.
The ISDA Book Give Away program – We ask our friends that are authors to donate books to the ISDA Members, this year ISDA gave away books valued at over $2000 FREE to the members.
The ISDA Community – Within the ISDA website, there is a private social network for members. Which includes forums where members can post text, videos, and images – A profile page with, private messaging, and the capability to friend other members. Think of the forum as a Facebook News Feed.
Members can post their resumes which include a feature that with one easy click connects to import your LinkedIn information – when you post your resume it is viewable to all members and to potential employers.
Upcoming 2015 Events and Offerings Available Exclusively for ISDA Members
We are planning to host a virtual conference that will be free to members. The conference will include a virtual round-table discussion that will be topic-specific.
The ISDA Website – http://isdacenter.org/
Join Now – http://isdacenter.org/membership/
ISDA Benefits – http://isdacenter.org/membership-benefits/
Certification Benefits – http://isdacenter.org/certification-benefits/