You may have noticed for several months now, we have been doing all we can, via our social media, website and free online seminars to bring information to all our installers about Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC).
The government has introduced MTC in an effort to raise standards in the replacement glazing industry. MTC are a set of criteria that installers and surveyors are required to meet when replacing windows and doors in domestic properties. MTC are mandatory and you must be able to demonstrate you satisfy MTC requirements to continue to work through any of the glazing Competent Person Schemes (CPS). There is also a time limit to become MTC compliant. All installers and surveyors must be able to show they are MTC compliant by 6th June 2014.
Well, those are the facts in a nutshell. Now, let’s answer some of the questions that have been put to us over the last few months about becoming MTC compliant.
What are other CPS doing about MTC?
The government is allowing each CPS to develop their own scheme to meet the MTC requirement.
Why do I need a FENSA MTC Card?
It is a government requirement. MTC have been in existence across other building sectors for some time, such as electricians, heating installers, plumber or gas engineers.
How long does it take to become fully MTC compliant?
It takes a minimum of three months so you will need to start your MTC compliance process before March 2014.
Where do I sign up?
Just follow this link to the FENSA website
How much does it cost?
It is dependent on the route you need to take. Please see the costs below and check out the website for more details.
- Industry Experience Route – £299 +VAT
- Undertaking Relevant Qualifications – £30 +VAT plus the cost of taking an NVQ
- Have Relevant Qualifications – £30 +VAT
Why does it cost so much?
The FENSA MTC Card is much cheaper than other schemes in construction sectors and remember the cost only equates to just £1.15 a week if undertaking the industry experience route.
Do I or the company I work for have to be FENSA Registered?
The FENSA MTC Card is held by the individual and is open to everyone in the industry – installers and surveyors who are FENSA registered and those who are not registered can apply. It is transferable across employers and other replacement window and door CPS.
Want more Information?
Webinar (Online Seminar): We would like to invite you to attend our Free Webinar on Thursday 28th November, where we will present more information and answer your questions on MTC. Make sure you check our blogs regularly as we will continue to update you. Click here to register http://www.fensa.org.uk/mtc.aspx
Twitter Q&A Sessions: FENSA is hosting a series of FREE one-hour online Q&A sessions to help installers. This is the chance to have your questions answered about the FENSA MTC Card. To participate, simply log into your twitter account and tweet @FENSA_Windows your question during one of the twitter Q&A sessions below.
- Thu 12 Dec – 7-8pm (MTC)
- Thu 23 Jan –1pm (MTC)
- Thu 13 Feb – 7pm (MTC)
- Tue 11 Mar – 2pm (MTC)