Tavcom Training - the provider of accredited security systems training courses and part of the Linx International Group - is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Since 1995, the company has trained and certified in excess of 50,000 learners (in over 100 countries), across its extensive portfolio of more than 100 classroom and online courses. With the growth in manufacturers of security technology in the mid to late 90’s, including CCTV, access control, alarms, and IP networking, there was a growing demand for expert vendor agnostic training, regarding the design, installation, management and use of these increasingly complex systems. High-Quality training Tavcom Training was founded by Mike Tennent to meet this need and he rapidly established the company’s international reputation, as being the benchmark for training excellence. The pace of technical innovation is faster than ever and Mike’s commitment to delivering relevant high-quality training is a large factor in Tavcom’s continued success 25-years on. A key milestone came in 2001 when Tavcom’s BTEC courses were accredited by the Edexcel Foundation Kevin Matthew, Operations Director at Tavcom Training recalls: “In 1995 there were training courses which were accredited by a variety of industry bodies, but there were no standardized vocational qualifications, that were universally recognized by employers in the UK and overseas.” A key milestone came in 2001 when Tavcom’s BTEC courses were accredited by the Edexcel Foundation. Kevin adds: “This proved to be a game changer for the security industry, with quantifiable and accredited qualifications available for the first time.” Industry-Defining initiatives The commitment to professionalizing the industry and improving standards through recognized and accredited training has continued for 25 years, with Tavcom Training forging strong ties with the BSIA, SSAIB, CCTV User Group / NASCAM, NSI, Skills for Security and the Career Transition Partnership, as well as other certification bodies including City and Guilds and its Certificates and National Vocational Qualifications. The company has also taken the lead in other industry-defining initiatives, notably the Certified Technical Security Professional (CTSP) Register. Launched in 2017 and managed by Tavcom, this professional public Register recognizes the competency of individuals fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire sectors. Online security training courses Tavcom continues to make significant long-term investments in its training provision Tavcom continues to make significant long-term investments in its training provision, seeking out world-renowned subject matter experts and trainers, developing new courses in response to the changing requirements of security professionals and the rapidly evolving technology accessible to them. It has also made significant upgrades to its state-of-the-art and future-proofed training center in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, as well as opening a new facility in Shipley, West Yorkshire, and delivering courses at a purpose-built training center in Singapore. Kevin continues: “One of the biggest transformations in how we deliver training has taken place in the past few years, with demand for online courses growing exponentially. Our portfolio of accredited online security training courses, bite size training and interactive courses enable security professionals to access the training and qualifications they need, from anywhere in the world.” Online training program Tavcom’s established online training program has proven invaluable for many security professionals this year, with restrictions on travel and national lockdowns, providing an opportunity for many to improve upon their knowledge and skills. Concluding, Kevin states: “We are immensely proud of our rich 25-year heritage and as the security market and technology continues to evolve and grow, Tavcom is committed to being a trusted and respected training partner for learners at every stage of their career, whatever their training needs, circumstances, and requirements.”
Tavcom is ideally placed to provide IFSEC visitors with an objective overview of the important issues impacting on the electronic security world Tavcom has announced the confirmed line-up of speakers who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise at the Tavcom Training Theatre during this year’s IFSEC International exhibition. As in previous years, the diversity of the subject matter covered by the free to attend lectures in the Tavcom Training Theatre which is being sponsored by D-Link, will mean that there is something for everyone involved within the electronic security supply chain, including installers, systems designers, specifiers, end-users and technical support personnel. Tavcom Training, CEO Comments “This is the eighth successive year that the organizers of IFSEC have entrusted Tavcom to host the Training Theatre and needless to say, we are of course delighted to yet again have the opportunity to support UBM in their endeavors to ensure that visitors gain maximum benefit from attending the exhibition,” said Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training. “Security professionals are always keen to learn about new technologies, innovations, solutions and standards and we are confident, as has been the case at previous IFSEC’s, that it will be ‘standing room only’ at many, if not at all of the educational sessions that Tavcom will be hosting during the three days of the show.” "Security professionals are always keen to learn about new technologies, innovations, solutions and standards" Jargon-free training sessions Tavcom is ideally placed to provide IFSEC visitors with an objective overview of the important issues impacting on the electronic security world. The industry’s leading provider of classroom and e-learning online security systems training courses has put together a balanced program of jargon free training sessions which they say will entertain, as well as educate and inform all those who attend. Sourced from across the security industry, the handpicked list of expert speakers will include: Peter Mason, the lead IP tutor for Tavcom Training, who will offer a thought provoking expert opinion on the key challenges presented by the growing demand for IP network based video surveillance solutions. Richard Beckley, who develops and delivers training within the Central Forensic Image Team at New Scotland Yard. Richard will offer guidance on how to ensure that video evidence is fit for purpose and can help lead to a successful prosecution. Jon Laws, a Senior Tutor for Tavcom Training and an international renowned speaker, who will share his expert knowledge on the system planning and design process needed to ensure that a video surveillance system is able to capture and record evidence grade images. John Ballantyne, Chairman of the ONVIF Market Demand Working Group, who will provide an insight as to how businesses at every level of the supply chain, from those who specify and install, to equipment manufacturers and software developers, can realize great benefit by adopting ONVIF. John Mearman, an expert on Drone technology, will present a compelling session on this business opportunity for the surveillance industry. Ken Livingstone, whose presentation on ESRM (Enterprise Security Risk Management) is a must for any security professional who is looking to keep one step ahead of the criminal fraternity and terrorists. Mike Gillespie, an expert on the threat to organizational information assets, who will provide a dynamic, but simple to understand overview of cyber vulnerabilities in business environments. The Tavcom Training Theatre will be on stand B1200 at IFSEC International which takes place at ExCeL London on 16-18 June.
Paul Tennent, Sales Director for Tavcom, has been appointed Group Sales Director for Linx International Linx International and Tavcom announce they have concluded an agreement resulting in Linx acquiring a majority shareholding in Tavcom. Tavcom is the leading provider of online and classroom based security systems training. The Linx International Group includes Linx Consulting and renowned security management training providers, ARC Training International and Perpetuity Training. Opportunity with Tavcom “Tavcom’s unrivalled expertise in the systems training market, combined with the Linx International Group’s reputation for providing premier security management training, will provide an unparalleled offering to the sector,” said David Gill, CEO of Linx International Group. “Our plan is for Tavcom to continue to operate under its existing brand within the Linx International group and clients will therefore continue to receive the outstanding levels of service that they have come to expect. However, the inclusion of Tavcom within the Group presents a fantastic opportunity to create a global leader in both security management and security systems training”. Paul Tennent, previously Sales Director for Tavcom, has been appointed Group Sales Director for Linx International, whilst Mike Tennent, who founded Tavcom, has been appointed the company’s non-executive Chairman. Mike Tennent, CEO of Tavcom, commented: “I am delighted with this transition. The shift from a family business to the new international group set-up is one which will see the company build on its excellent reputation, as well as open new opportunities to our clients to offer outstanding training and consultancy internationally.”
Among the speakers was Jon Laws, who shared his knowledge on how to extend life of an existing analog system Leading security professionals recently attended an Education Information Day held at Tavcom's training center in Bishops Waltham. The 50 plus delegates representing industry associations, institutions, local authorities, police and principle industry employers, were treated to a series of presentations on a diverse range of subjects including analytics, forensics, cyber security and the importance of new international standards. "Our Education Information Day has become an annual event and we know from the feedback provided by delegates that they highly value the overview provided by our expert speakers on how to best capitalize on the latest generation of electronic security solutions, as well as the insight provided on future trends," said Paul Tennent, Managing Director of Tavcom. Among the speakers was Jon Laws. With the market for IP network based video surveillance systems growing almost exponentially, Jon shared his knowledge on how to extend the life of an existing analog system, by introducing hybrid solutions while starting on the process of migrating to an IP network based solution. Jon also provided a forward looking, but realistic view of the technologies which are likely to be integrated into tomorrow’s security systems. Daren Wildgoose delivered an up to date fact file on cyber security and data breaches with the objective of equipping the audience with some valuable tools to understand and combat the very real and active risk that can threaten a business’ resources and reputation, while Paul Fletcher offered an ARC ‘insider’s’ picture of the most effective way of providing a technical 'fit for purpose' solution. Peter Mason, one of the UK's top IP/Networking specialists, shared his vision on the future of the optical world and what is on the horizon for Video Over IP, with a section of his presentation addressing the threat of cyber-crime to IP Version 6. It is 20 years since Mike founded Tavcom. During that time he has not only built up the reputation of Tavcom to be the leading supplier of security systems training, but through wide and extensive experience, he has earned a more than justifiable reputation as a leading expert across the spectrum that is CCTV. Having witnessed and kept pace with the many changes over the years, Mike provided an update on the latest CCTV/VSS Standards, and in the process addressed some key questions including why the face of CCTV is changing, why the new international standards are so important and who needs to know about them. After a buffet lunch kindly provided by Eneo who sponsored the Education Information Day, delegates had the opportunity to take a tour of the Tavcom CCTV control room operators' testing area and state-of-the-art workshop facilities, as well as see practical demonstrations of the latest CCTV, intruder alarm, access and IP technologies.
The Tavcom shop includes installation tool kits, fibreglass wire running rod and telescoping poles Tavcom has launched an online shop to provide installation and service engineers with easy access to ‘need to have’ tools and test equipment. Accessible via the Tavcom Training, the online shop offers a wide range of equipment which engineers might not find easy to purchase elsewhere. “Virtually every technician and engineer who attends one of our BTEC accredited courses conducted at our training center in Bishops Waltham, asks for advice on where they can buy a particular tool or piece of test equipment, and there is particular interest in equipment that is IP network systems related.” said Mike Tennent, CEO, of Tavcom. “It therefore makes sense to offer this service so that students can acquire equipment similar to what they may have used on their training course, although of course non-Tavcom clients are also welcome to purchase items from the Tavcom Shop.” Amongst the items on show in the Tavcom shop are installation tool kits, fibreglass wire running rod and telescoping poles, and a magnetic in-wall retrieval system. Also available is a one-person multi-line identifier and troubleshooting tool. Designed for an installation or service engineer who may not have an assistant on site, it can simultaneously identify up to 30 different wire runs.
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