Auditing

Accredited Members

An NZSA accredited member is one who has been audited to see if they adhere to the Codes of Practice(s) which apply within their respective industry, and that they comply with the NZSA Rules and Bylaws. Once they have been found to meet or exceed these requirements they are provided with a certificate stating this.

This gives the company an added point of difference that they may use in promoting their business. It gives confidence to the person or organisation who is interested in using their services.

The Audit compliance is valid for a period of three years, aside from Alarm Monitoring Centres which is valid for two years.

Please note: If a company/business has more than one branch, then the information below only relates to the address and the services of the company/business as listed.

Graded Certified Monitoring Centres
Company Grade Certificate Expiry Date
HSM Holdings Limited, Hastings B1 30 July 2017
Matrix Security Group Ltd, Auckland C1 23 May 2018
Secom Guardall NZ Ltd, Auckland A1 09 November 2018
Red Wolf High Level Monitoring Ltd, Wellington A2 18 June 2017

*Currently being graded

The Audit Process

1. What is Membership Auditing?
It is a process whereby your business and how it is operated can be compared against the Codes of Practice that should govern that business.

The purpose is to ensure that members who carry the NZSA certification have been audited against their relevant Code(s) of Practice and are subject to interim audits and mentoring, if required, to continue to maintain those high standards. Auditing is simply a means of ensuring that companies comply with their relevant Codes of Practice and, if they do not, a mentoring process is put in place to enable them to comply.

2. Why audit members?
Being a member of a professional organisation like NZSA, is a point of difference that you will be able to promote to your clients. It shows that your company complies with the requirement of membership by complying with Codes of Practice.

Some companies, such as consultants and suppliers, do not have Codes of Practice and so do not have to be audited.

3. Who will be audited?
Applicants for Corporate membership and current Corporate Members, where there is a Code of Practice that is under the auditing programme. These operate under Codes of Practice.

4. Cost of an audit
The Board sets the fee and this can change at any time.
The current fees are:
Alarm Monitoring and Alarm Monitoring Centre – $397 site fee + $397.00 for the monitoring and $397 for the centre, plus GST. Total cost $1191 plus GST.
All other codes – $370 site fee + $370 per code, plus GST.

5. The Audit Process
Before being audited, a member is asked to ‘self audit’ themselves against the Codes of Practice. If the Code of Practice does not have a note that it is auditable, then they do not apply.

The Auditor visits the company and undertakes the audit with the owner.

The Auditor will work through any concerns with the owner.

6. The Auditor
Auditors are appointed by the NZSA Board and are people that have skills and knowledge within the field of the audit. They sign a formal agreement that includes confidentiality and an undertaking to acknowledge any conflict of interest.

After an Auditor has been selected a member can advise the Association if they see there is a conflict of interest and another auditor will be arranged

7. Auditors Report
The final report is passed onto the Association, with a copy to the audited company.

If the Auditor advises that the member complies, a Certificate of Compliance is sent to the company. On receiving the certificate the member is known as an Accredited Member of NZSA

Audit compliance is valid for three years, aside from Alarm Monitoring Centres which is valid for two years.

The NZSA Audit Team

Ngaire Kelaher, PSP, Dip. Adult Ed.:

Ngaire Kelaher has been part of the Security Industry since 1995 first specialising in overt and covert retail security, site security and event security. After gaining the National Certificates in Security in a variety of strands Ngaire then moved into the training sector of the industry in 1997 and became a workplace assessor within the security company she was working for at the time. Ngaire then gained the National Diploma in Adult Education and Training. Ngaire has now been involved in training design, delivery and assessment since 1997 and has always worked within the security industry focusing on the assessment and delivery of the NZQA National Security Qualifications. Ngaire has been a member of the previous Security Industry Training Advisory Board, has been an ASIS International (and New Zealand chapter) member since 2008 and has worked closely with various security organisations in delivering security programmes to their staff. Ngaire is thoroughly familiar with assessing candidates against set criteria which crosses over neatly to the auditing process which she has also taken on board.
Ngaire‘s most recent achievement has been gaining the Physical Security Professional (PSP) certification from ASIS International.

Ben Marsh:

Ben has been involved in the security industry since 1998, his extensive experience in Security includes Electronic Security Systems, Manned Guarding, Cash Management and extends to across commercial, government and industrial projects. He has experience working on transport and logistics facilities, Major Health Care Projects, Office and Retail Fit outs and Security Evaluation.

Ben’s experience encompasses many aspects of security having held technical, project management, business development and business management positions in both small and large organisations. Ben moved to New Zealand with his family in 2005 and took up a position with an internal security provider before forming Marsh Security Consultancy in association with Cosgroves Ltd in 2011.

Lincoln Potter:

Lincoln has worked in the security industry since 1991, his experience includes but is not limited to: Guarding and patrolling, alarms (Chubb electronic security), retail security (Pak N Save, overt and covert), close protection, cash in transit (Chubb ATM’s), private investigations and surveillance (self-employed), Corporate security (TVNZ), vaulting facility security (Reserve Bank of New Zealand), Data centre security (EDS), Security training (NZCC and NZSA)

Lincoln’s Qualifications include the National Certificates levels 2 and 3 (including optional strands), up to and including the Level 6 National Diploma. He also holds the PSP (Physical Security Professional) certification with ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security).

As well as being a member of the NZSA, he is the treasurer for ASIS NZ and has attended conferences in NZ and overseas.
Lincoln is contracted to the NZSA in the roles of Facilitator, Assessor and Auditor.

Stewart O’Reilly:

Stewart has been involved in security at various levels for over 30 years, both in the State and private sectors. Since the late 90s his primary role has been in the development and delivery of security training. He is currently NZSA’s Director of Training as well as managing the audit team. In this role Stewart also has responsibility for the development of the industry Codes of Practice that underpin our audit processes.

NZSA Audit Process Diagram

“Michael was very most thorough and also very helpful. He gave us some positive input for areas in need of our attention.”
-Derek Priest
Direct Control