In order to obtain a licence from the PSA, a security provider must prove compliance with national and European standards and maintain staff who are fit and elibable to work within the industry. Contractors who hold a PSA licence have met the following conditions set down by the PSA:
Under the Private Security Services Acts, licences are compulsory for private security contractors providing CCTV, Access Control and Intruder Alarm installations and maintenance services. Contractors include companies, partnerships and sole traders.
Contractors providing CCTV, Access Control and Intruder Alarm installation and/or maintenance services without a licence are breaking the law. Similarly, any person employing an unlicensed CCTV, Access Control or Intruder Alarm contractor is also breaking the law and faces penalties ranging from a €3,000 fine up to 5 years imprisonment.