Frequently Asked Questions

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Why was ISDA created?

In the present professional environment, there is a significant need for an association that exists only for the mutual enrichment and advancement of its members, and an association committed to meeting the needs of the profession. 

What Does ISDA Do?

ISDA offers its Members benchmark educational, networking, and marketing programs. The ISDA Knowledge Center is available 24/7/365. The Center is frequently updated with the latest research – white papers – business data, and On-Line Learning Programs. Information that will enhance your career. Our ongoing research meets the executive protection profession’s needs. We conduct research on Business, Executive Vehicle and Equipment, Salaries, Job Opportunities, Recent Attacks on the Principal, Social Media Marketing Material, Business Metrics, Professional Surveys, Best Practices, and Benchmarking.

Why Did We Create ISDA?

Security Driving and Executive Protection describe a profession, a job description that defines a skill set needed to supply safe and secure transportation. Over the past few decades Social Media have twisted them into marketing terms with no regard for the skill sets that define the profession. ISDA, through its members, projects a realistic view of the profession. 

Whom Does ISDA Serve?

ISDA serves both the inexperienced and experienced Executive Protection practitioner. ISDA Members represent all aspects of the Executive Protection profession from all parts of the globe.

Who joins ISDA?

Our members represent all segments of the profession – they are corporate, subcontractors, training providers, and service providers. And our members represent all aspects of the profession, Corporate, High Net Worth, Private Security, Entertainment, and Government and Law Enforcement.

Is ISDA Just For Security Drivers?

The ISDA educational, networking, mentorship, and marketing benefits are of value to all in the protection profession.

How Much Does the Membership Cost?

The cost of membership is $75 per year, automatic renewal until canceled. We do not offer any refunds. Your membership will renew after one year on the day you purchased your membership. 

What do You Get with my ISDA Membership?

Access to the Encyclopedia of EP/Secure Transportation Knowledge – The ISDA Knowledge Center. Members have the opportunity to be published in one of the oldest Protective services magazines in the profession. 
ISDA offers FREE advertising in the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Magazine (EPST). Free On-Line Training Programs. Assistance with Selecting Training Providers. Job Opportunities center. Salaries and Job Metrics. Members receive actionable business data that assist in their marketing efforts. New data is added regularly. Data includes – Salaries – Developing a Return On Investment – Maximizing the use of Social Media.

There are Many Training Providers, What Training Program Should I Attend?

One of the most frequently asked questions on social media and the ISDA Network is, “What training program should I attend?” ISDA members have attended many training courses. From their experiences, they supply fellow members insight on the various training programs, and the skills and knowledge needed for employment.

Who Started ISDA?

Tony Scotti is the founder of ISDA and is a widely recognized pioneer in the highly specialized field of Secure Transportation. Tony created the International Security Drivers Association (ISDA), as his way of giving back to the community. He created an Association of practitioners who have the same Sharing Knowledge mentality that he has. 

Do You Recommend Training Programs?

ISDA cannot recommend training programs but we do supply the Metrics for selecting training programs that meet the member’s goals.

I spent a lot of money attending training programs, can ISDA help me find work?

We cannot supply you with work, but we can help you find work. We do that by researching the job market and curating the skills they request. We post job opportunities – last year alone, we listed over 250 job opportunities.

Is ISDA a Training Program?

Although Tony Scotti’s name is synonymous with training, ISDA DOES NOT OFFER HANDS-ON 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 hands-on training.

Why ISDA Certification and Why Now?

The catalyst for ISDA Certification 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. ISDA Certification provides proof of knowledge – skill, and experience.

Is the Certification New?

It is a 45-year tradition. During that time, the security community has (via the old Scotti School) and continues to send their personnel to Vehicle Dynamics Institute 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. 

What is the difference between ISDA Membership and ISDA Certification?

ISDA membership is open to all with an interest in Personal Protection. You can join ISDA and take advantage of their benchmark research and precedent-setting education, networking, and marketing programs without applying for Certification. You cannot obtain an ISDA certification without being a member.

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 (VDI)?

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.

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.

Do You Have a Conference?

Not at this time. Most conferences are expensive to attend. They disseminate information over two or three periods, then the sharing of knowledge is over. Nothing happens for the next 51 weeks. You have paid thousands of dollars for a few days of knowledge. As we mentioned ISDA Educational Center is available 24/7/365.

I’m New and Do Not Have Much Experience, can ISDA help?

ISDA and its experienced members offer tools for those interested in obtaining a job or starting a career in the Executive Protection/Secure Transportation profession. We share advice, job trends, and career information.

I Have Experience, can ISDA Help With My Career Advancement?

The Protective Services/ Secure Transportation business is continuously evolving. Strategic decision making is a significant factor in mitigating risk. Sound decisions require timely and relevant information. To meet the experienced professional’s needs, ISDA conducts research on the topics that affect our Profession and will enhance their career.

I Am a Provider of Protective Services Can ISDA Help Me With Marketing My Business?

A significant challenge for those providing protective services is getting their company to the marketplace. ISDA has created a platform for members to use the most powerful and proven marketing tool available – word-of-mouth. ISDA also supplies protective services providers’ business data that will assist them in marketing and operational planning.

I have passion and desire, can ISDA help me define what I need to succeed in the Profession?

Having passion and desire alone is not enough to achieve success or enhance a career. Passion and desire are a necessary part of the roadmap to success. ISDA will assist you to gain career capital by collecting marketable skills, knowledge, and Experience.

Can ISDA help me reach my goals?

A resounding yes, in fact, it is what we do. ISDA understands that or many, finding a career path or advancing their career is the most challenging task they face. There are no guarantees for success, but there is a path – a Roadmap to it. The ISDA membership has created the Protective Services Roadmap to Success. The members have an average of 15 years of experience and represent all aspects of the profession. The Roadmap is free to ISDA Members.

Does ISDA recommend other security services?

We recommend and market secure transportation/protective services providers who meet the standards set by our advisory board. The ISDA advisory board consists of practitioners from the corporate, high net worth, training, and K&R insurance community.

If I join ISDA, will I get a job?

No – No one has the silver bullet to employment. – There is none – no training – no conference – no Association. All ISDA can do is create an environment that will guide the members seeking opportunities in the Profession and ensure they receive information from those who supply jobs?

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