ACSA was formed on 18 March 1997. It was largely mooted by the initiative of the CID Licensing Division - presently known as SIRD and officiated by Cisco - presently known as Certis Cisco. The early mandate was to explore training needs for the private security industry and since then, ACSA has helped to develop security training for the industry and even sponsored and chaired the ICAP initiative (private security training framework) with a department of the Productivity Standards Board (PSB). Since then, the PSB department has evolved to SPRING Singapore and more recently to the Singapore Workplace Development Agency (WDA). Among its many milestones, ACSA has helped developed the National Skills Recognition System (NSRS) for security training - today has evolved and known as Workplace Skills Qualification (WSQ) for security training. Presently, ACSA boast her membership strength of 57 license Security Guarding Agencies.
Our mission is to assist and carry out activities related to private security in order to secure our nation's industries. Our objective is to further the interest of individual security agency members and the wider private security industry. We will therefore endeavor to promote best business practices within the private security industry in order to be effective, efficient and to remain relevant. This we believe can be achieved through interaction, study tours, seminars and training amongst our members. We will be an effective conduit between government agencies, interested commercial entities and the private security industry. The association establishes a framework of self-regulation for its members through its own ethical code of conduct. This is referenced to regulations set under the Private Security Industry Act, the Employment Act, the CPF Act and the Workplace Health and Safety Act.
The association defines "private security" as that activity which involves the provision of manpower, security equipment and procedures in a property for the protection of personnel, assets and information against any form of hurt, loss or sabotage and in this regard includes the provision of security training.