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What are the requirements for a person who leads the direction of security activity to be met in order to obtain a Security Services License?

Our company has been providing legal support and assistance in licensing security activities for more than ten years. During this time the licensing regulations and practice of the licensing authority have changed several times. We remember the times when in order to obtain the license, the company had to have at least two security guards working in-house.

Today, there is no such requirement, but the key figure remains the specialist who leads the direction of security activity (hereinafter - the security specialist). The licensing regulations contain a number of requirements to such specialists, including a higher education diploma. That is why most our Clients contact us with the question whether this or that candidate suits this position.

Today we will elaborate on the most typical questions related to the education of a security specialist, the answers to which will help you in the process of obtaining a Security Services License.

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Can a security specialist with a diploma from another country be hired?

Pursuant to the licensing regulations, a security specialist must be a citizen of Ukraine (a relevant copy of the passport shall be attached to the license application).

There are no requirements stipulating that education shall be obtained in Ukraine, or in state educational institutions, rather than in private establishments. However, as a general rule, diplomas obtained in foreign educational institutions must be nostrificated in Ukraine.

Our specialists can undertake the entire procedure for nostrification of a diploma to ensure its prompt completion.

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Is a diploma obtained in Soviet times in one of the USSR republics suitable?

The regulation on recognition of higher education obtained by studying in foreign universities stipulates that the diplomas of citizens of the former USSR, which were issued before 15.05.1992, do not require nostrification (recognition). Therefore, such diplomas are quite suitable and do not need to be nostrificated.

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Can a person who has held a leading position at a foreign security firm be a security specialist?

Although the licensing regulations do not specify what security entities the security specialist shall work for for at least three years, the law of Ukraine “On Security Activity” defines the concept of the entity involved in security activity as an enterprise registered in Ukraine that carries out its activity on the basis of a license obtained in Ukraine. Thus, the foreign entity does not fall under this concept.

Hence, a person with work experience in a foreign security company cannot seek the position of a security specialist.

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Can a security specialist work part-time?

The licensing regulations do not require a person to hold this position as the main place of work, as well as do not prohibit a person from working part-time. So, yes, one and the same person may work as a security specialist for several entities involved in security activity.

The licensing regulations do not specify the number of days or hours the specialist must be present in the respective entity per week. These questions shall be agreed upon with both parties: the employer (an entity involved in security activity) and the security specialist.

If you still have questions or want to make sure that your candidate suits the position of a security specialist, don’t hesitate to call us.

We can obtain a Security Services License for you and offer you the services of our security specialist.

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