Why was ISDA created?
In the present professional environment, there is a significant need for an association that has no alliance to training providers, an association that exists only for the mutual enrichment and advancement of their members, and an association committed to meeting the needs of the profession.
Why start ISDA Now?
Security Driving and Executive Protection describe a profession, a job description that defines a skill set needed to save lives. The social media have twisted them into marketing terms with no regard for the skill sets that define the profession. ISDA, through its members, will project a realistic view of the profession.
Is ISDA just for Security Drivers?
The ISDA educational, networking, mentorship, and marketing benefits are of value to all in the protection profession.
What do You Get with a ISDA Membership?
ISDA members receive precedent setting mentorship, networking, and marketing programs. Members also receive a membership card. Read more about ISDA membership benefits.
Who started ISDA?
Tony Scotti is the founder of ISDA, and is a widely recognized pioneer in the highly specialized field of Secure Transportation. For over 40 years, Tony and the Board Members have worked with and in the Corporate, Human Resources, High Net Worth, and K&R Insurance market.
Is ISDA New?
Although the association is new, the Certification is not. For more than 40 years, the high-end executive security market has been sending their personnel to the ISDA Skills process.
Why ISDA Certification and why now?
The catalyst for ISDA is the rapid change taking place in the protection industry. The general feeling is “I have spent all this time and money to attend training programs, of course I am certified.” That is not how the concept of certification works. The issue is that you cannot enter a training program with little or no experience and be certified by those who conducted the training. That is not the definition of certification as recognized by other industries and professions.
How do I Apply for ISDA Certification?
Become a member, then complete the Verification of Experience form (must be logged in as a member). Once experience, skill, and training are validated, you will be directed to take the Knowledge test.
Do you need to be an ISDA member to apply for Certification?
What is the difference between ISDA Membership and ISDA Certification?
ISDA membership is open to all with an interest in Personal Protection, although the Certification requires ISDA members have two years of continuous experience and complete the Certification process.
Is ISDA a Training Program?
Although Tony Scotti’s name is synonymous with training, ISDA DOES NOT OFFER TRAINING, because Certification standards state that the Association offering certification should not offer training as well. We recommend training that meets ISDA Standards, but we cannot conduct the training.
Who determines if my experience is valid?
The certification advisory board validates the certification candidate’s experience and training. The advisory board consists of practitioners from all segments of the profession, all with extensive experience. They work with and in the Corporate, Human Resources, High Net Worth, and K&R Insurance market.
Who sends their security personnel to the Skill Certification portion of the process?
Fortune 500 companies, High Net Worth clients, Military, and Law enforcement have been sending their people through the ISDA process for more than 40 years.
Why do you recommend Vehicle Dynamics Institute?
Although ISDA founder Tony Scotti’s name is also synonymous with VDI, they are two separate entities. VDI is the only protective driving training provider that trains drivers to the objective standard required by ISDA.
Does ISDA recommend training?
Yes. We recommend training programs, EP or driving that ensures an individual has been tested and measured to an objective documented standard.
Is there a Certification waiver?
There is no waiver for experience and the knowledge test. The driving skill process can be waived if the candidate has attended a training program that meets the ISDA Standards, or has extensive experience combined with training.
Where are the ISDA Skill Standards documented?
From objective standards created by the Society of Automotive Engineers, ISO, and research conducted by Universities. More information can be found here.
Does ISDA recommend other security services?
Yes. We recommend and market secure transportation/protective services providers who meet the standards as set by our advisory board. The ISDA advisory board consists of practitioners from the corporate, high net worth, training, and K&R insurance community.