From June 2014 all installers and surveyors of replacement windows and doors in domestic properties will need to prove compliance with the new Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC) being introduced by Government (Department for Communities and Local Government – DCLG). The simplest way to achieve compliance will be by registering on the FENSA MTC Card scheme.
The FENSA MTC Card recognises levels of competence achieved through the installers’ or surveyors’ relevant industry experience – and a minimum of two years is required. Installers and surveyors will be able to obtain a provisional card immediately upon registration but they will also be required to undertake online tests and onsite assessments that will allow a full card to be issued. These tests and assessments will need to be completed by June 2014.
The FENSA MTC Card can also recognise that the installer or surveyor holds relevant glazing sector qualifications – a minimum of NVQ Level 2 (installers) or Level 3 (surveyors). Holders will have to demonstrate competence with the latest measures by being reassessed.
The FENSA MTC Card is a simple, easy and cost-effective way of recognising Minimum Technical Competence. The holder can clearly prove that they have the experience, skills and competences to carry out the contracted job to a nationally recognised standard. FENSA has partnered with GQA Qualifications Ltd (Glass Qualifications Authority), which has been recognising individual competence for over 20 years in a wide range of glazing and building sectors, and will be managing and verifying this carded system.
The FENSA MTC Card recognizes and records an individual’s qualifications or experience and shows the identity of the holder. This information can be viewed by scanning with a smart phone, revealing information held by GQA. This technology ensures the information is always up to date. The card is held by the individual and is transferable across employers and Competent Person Schemes.
MTCs work hand-in-hand with the declarations of installer and surveyor experience or qualifications made by installation companies as they transition to Certified Installer status.
Installers and surveyors wanting to use their experience and resultant professionalism to satisfy MTC requirements need to register on the FENSA MTC Card now.
“Our industry, following other construction sector professionals such as gas and electrical installers, is moving to a workforce with nationally recognised standards,” comments FENSA Operations Director Chris Mayne.
Initial registration for the FENSA MTC Card is £30. The costs for the online tests and onsite assessments are currently being finalised. Funding may be available for undertaking NVQs. Once the full FENSA MTC Card has been obtained, cardholders will not need to be re-assessed for another five years. Registration for the FENSA MTC Card is now open at www.fensa.org.uk/mtc.aspx
Don’t just say you can do it – prove you can with the FENSA MTC Card.
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