In August, FairTrades and HomePro joined forces with leading international certification body BM TRADA, to offer FairTrades glazing members the option to self certify for the replacement of Windows and Doors, using BM TRADA’s Competent Persons Scheme. The goal was for 100 FairTrades and HomePro members to join the scheme in the first year, but in the first three months alone, a staggering 181 members have already requested application forms.
With the average time to complete the application process being just a few weeks, 28 FairTrades and HomePro members are either already able to self certify or are close to completing the process for joining the scheme.
Warren Stiles, Head of Client Development for HomePro Group said ‘‘we are delighted to have teamed up with BM TRADA. Their expertise and professional approach to business makes them the perfect choice as our Competent Persons Scheme operator.
The uptake of scheme membership has surpassed expectation. Our members are now able to benefit from using FairTrades as a single source solution for all of their Trade Association glazing needs”.
The aim was to make the process for Self Certification as straightforward as possible, for both current members of FairTrades and HomePro and any new members wishing to take up membership and join BM TRADA’s Competent Persons Scheme at the same time. The application form is quick and easy to fill in and where the information is already collected by FairTrades and HomePro the member does not need to provide it a second time. It is done on their behalf.
What this now means is that as well as being part of the UK’s largest multi-trade trade association, members can also register their Insurance Backed Guarantees and declare compliance with Building Regulations, in a single operation.