The Fabricator Installer Trade Show saw its second year at the International Centre in Telford and FENSA was part of the three-day event.
The number of installers visiting the show seemed to be down slightly on last year but the number of visitors wanting to speak to the FENSA team was high and we dealt with a large number of enquiries.
The level of enquiries was to be expected given the number of changes for installers this month. Transition to Certified Installers, Minimum Technical Competence (MTC) compliance and changes to IBGs all came into effect just prior to The FIT Show on 6 June.
To give you all a summary of the types of questions the FENSA team were asked here are a few below:
Transition to Certified Installer
Q: My FENSA account has been frozen because I have not passed a Transition inspection. What do I do?
A: You need to book a Transition inspection between now and 1st September 2014 and your FENSA account will be unfrozen. Ring or email the Transition Helpdesk – Tel 020 7397 7208 or email@example.com.
Q: But you checked my documentation when I joined!
A: If you joined FENSA after July 2013, then you do not need to undergo the Transition Inspection, this is only applicable to companies who have joined FENSA prior to Jul 2013. Once you have passed it, you do not need to have them checked again for another 3 years.
Q: I have my Transition Inspection documents ready but am waiting for my MTC card before I book the inspection.
A: Please do not delay and wait to get your MTC done first. Both the Transition Inspection and the MTC need to be done at the earliest opportunity. They are two different things – Transitions assess the technical competence at the company level, MTCs are at the individual level.
Q: What do I need to do to sort out MTCs?
A: One solution is to register for the FENSA MTC Card – either through experience or qualifications. At FIT we took installers next door where GGF Training could sign people up there and then. If you’d like to book in then please contact GGF Training today (tel/0844 848 2855 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q: I’ve been doing this for 40 years why do I need one?
A: You don’t need one if your work is approved by Local Authority Building Control. If your employer is self-certifying with a scheme like FENSA, you are required to comply with the industry’s MTC requirements. Your industry experience still counts – a minimum of two years is required which is self-declared and verified by taking a Knowledge Test and an Onsite Assessment.
Q: Is FENSA making money out of all these IBG policies now required?
A: FENSA does not earn a penny from the sales of IBGs – either now or in the past.
Q: My insurance company is not on FENSA’s Approved IBG Provider List. Do I have to change my IBG provider?
A: Yes. You will need to immediately contact your insurance company and advise them of the requirement. You may find that they are in the process of approval and then you need not take any action. If your supplier is not prepared to apply to become approved by FENSA then you will need to change your supplier.
If you need any further information on any of these topics please call:
Transitions and IBG – FENSA on 020 7397 7208
MTCs – GGF Training on 0844 848 2855
Master Fitter Challenge
In addition to meeting our registered businesses and offering guidance on the topics above the main highlight of the show was the Master Fitter Challenge. FENSA sponsored the event as part of its commitment to promoting best practice among fitters.
The eight finalists were David Pulford and Jack Elm from Everest, David Keats and Jonathon Mountford from DK Windows, Steven Price and Terry Griffin from Conwy Valley Windows and Conservatories, Karl Kinsey and Paul Casbolt from Yes Glazing Solutions, Scott Higgs and colleague from Walkers Windows, Dave Eagles and colleague from Xavier Windows, Craig Hanson from Pennine Trade and Retail and last year’s winner Arron Clegg working with his father Andy from Eco-Sash.
Spectators looked on as the finalists competed against one another over the first two days of the show. An individual GQA inspector was assigned to each team who were each tasked with replacing a bay window, installing a residential composite door and fault-finding a second resi-door.
Taking this year’s title were Karl Kinsey and Paul Casbolt from Yes Glazing Solutions with runners ups prizes going to Conwy Valley and Eco-Sash.
We would like to congratulate all the winners on their success!