The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) is the Governing Body and Regulatory Authority for the private security industry. Thus, should you wish to start a Security Company, it is mandatory that you are registered with PSIRA. To start the process, apply on this page below.
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This is a quick guide to what you need to know about PSIRA Registration so you can start your Security Company in South Africa and apply for relevant security tenders.
The goal of this article is helping you get PSIRA Registration – and all the other relevant compliance documentation – necessary to start and run a South African security company legally and successfully. The goal is helping you get this as fast as possible, with as little effort as possible.
In this post we also want to help you understand what you need if you want to run a security company in SA, why you need it and exactly what PSIRA registration means, what the process is like and what it requires from you.
Starting a Security Company in South Africa can be extremely profitable. With the high crime statistics in South Africa, residents and businesses have a significant need for products and services that offer them security.
However, getting your paperwork right isn’t simple and it isn’t cheap.
The private security industry has an added layer of paperwork, simply because it’s so imperative to offer a level of services and products that consumers can trust. Security is a serious business; it relates to the safety of both service providers and security service / product consumers.
Whether you’re selling security equipment or whether you offer security-related services like armed response, you need to have the right registration documentation in order to run your business legally and successfully.
With a normal business you can usually start trading straight away, but when you want a security company, there’s a lot of compliance documentation you need to have to legally operate your business in South Africa.
PSIRA is short for the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority.
PSIRA is the official organization responsible for setting the standards for any security business in South Africa – whether you want to offer security services or security products. This is determined by South African legislation: the Private Security Industry Regulation Act.
If you want to operate any business within the private security industry, you have to register your business with PSIRA. You also have to get the appropriate security grading (there are various) for your staff, any members, directors, partners, trustees or managers.
This is compulsory. Why? PSIRA Registration ensures there’s a baseline of standards for service and product providers within the security industry.
It ensures there’s a level of safety for you, your partners and your employees – and importantly, for your clients. PSIRA’s compulsory paperwork stops fly-by-night security companies from trading or offering sub-par, unsafe or unethical products or services that may pose potential safety risks.
Security in South Africa isn’t risk-free, and consumers, employers and employees need to have basic standard they can rely on.
Yes, it’s a criminal offense not to register yourself, those involved in your business partners or your business itself.
If you know of any unregistered security companies, you can report them here.
PSIRA Registration requires your business to go undergo a PSIRA Registration process and a PSIRA Investigation Process. This implies security grading for you and the people involved in your security business.
Here’s a list of the documentation you need before your business is eligible for PSIRA Registration:
Here’s a list of the documentation you need as an individual to be eligible for PSIRA’s individual security registration:
The individual must:
Starting your own security company in South Africa can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of paperwork and compliance administration associated with SA’s private security industry.
To make things simpler for you, we’ve listed all the vital documentation you need to start a security company in South Africa, besides PSIRA:
Other Security Associations in South Africa:
Registering for these associations is not compulsory, but it can be very helpful to keep you up-to-date with your industry, and if they are relevant to your operations.