Is your company an ACS Star Performer? will be launching on the 22nd of June 2011 a list of ACS (Approved Contractors Scheme) companies who have achieved the highest 5% of assessed scores within the ACS. The list will be known as the ACS Star Performers list, writes Editor Bobby Logue. Over the past few years there has been a call for ACS assessed scores should be made public to facilitate the opportunity for high scoring companies to demonstrate differentiation;equally there are strong voices that oppose publication of individual scores. believes that the ACS Star Performers list allows high scoring companies the opportunity to demonstrate their achievements whilst not revealing individual company ACS assessed scores. There is no direct or implied connection between the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and the ACS Star Performers list. 

How the ACS Star Performers list Works

Currently the threshold score in order qualify for the ACS Star Performers list is 108. Currently the maximum ACS score is 159. estimates that there are 36 out of approximately 723 companies with scores that meet or exceed these criteria. The Star Performers list will not contain individual company scores but will provide the name, the licensable activity and certification expiry date of each company; therefore it is possible that the ACS Star Performers list may not be complete. As a result of the ACS scores being confidential to each company the ACS Star Performers list and therefore can only be listed with the permission of each qualifying company. In addition each application to be included in the ACS Star Performers list will have to provide independent verification from their inspection body or the Security Industry Authority that the company meets ACS Star Performers list criteria.

Does your company qualify for the ACS Star Performers List?

If your company meets or exceeds an ACS assessment score of 108 and would like to participate please could you please confirm your interest by e-mailing ACS Star Performers List (click on link to email There will be no charge for your company participating in this project but we will charge £100 per annum plus VAT for providing a link to your website. Your participation will remain conditional on your company maintaining an assessment score in the Top 5% of ACS assessment scores. Prior to listing your company we would require written confirmation from your ACS inspection body or the SIA that your company meets or exceeds our threshold assessment score. There is no direct or implied connection between the Security Industry Authority and this project.

How the ACS Scoring System works 

The SIA has set out the following explanation of how the ACS scoring system works:
Each year every approved contractor – except for those on certain Passport schemes – assesses its performance against 89 individual indicators of achievement. At assessment these scores are verified by an independent assessor. Performance above the required level results in a +1, +2 or higher score. Performance below the required achievement level results in a -1, -2 or lower score. The minimum overall score that a company can achieve and still be approved is zero. Zero is a good score, as it demonstrates that the company is meeting the ACS standard and following recognised industry good practice. The maximum overall score that can be achieved is currently 159.

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