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GGP December 2013

FENSA News 14 December 2013 Deadline to compliance Is MTC compliance mandatory? Yes. Every installer/surveyor will need to demonstrate MTC compliance to continue to work through a glazing Competent Persons Schemes. Why do I need a FENSA MTC Card if I’m transitioning to Certified Installer status? MTC relates to the individual installer/surveyor. Certified Installer relates to the company. Is someone with a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card exempt? There are slight overlaps but the two cards are issued to demonstrate competence in different industries (glazing vs construction). You will still need to demonstrate MTC compliance. How about operatives outside England and Wales? If an operative is based and installs outside of England and Wales (e.g. Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scotland, Northern Island), MTC Compliance is not required. Do I need to take an NVQ / other qualification to become MTC Compliant? Not necessarily. There are three possible routes you can take to become MTC compliant: • Industry experience/MTC assessment. • Qualification (undertake NCQs). • Existing qualifications/units already completed. What does the industry experience route/MTC assessment route involve? You will need to declare that you have a minimum of two years of relevant industry experience of either installing or surveying replacement glazing in domestic properties against BS 8213-4: 2007 or GGF guidelines: The Good Practice for the Installation of Replacement Windows & Doors, Part 6 (GGF, Summer 2011). You will be able to obtain the Provisional FENSA MTC Card following contact from your local GQA centre and verification of all With only six months to go before the 30 June 2014 deadline to comply with the government’s requirements for Minimum Technical Competency (MTC), FENSA has compiled this list of frequently asked questions. your details. However, you are required to undertake certain knowledge tests and onsite assessments before June 2014. On successful completion you will be issued with the full FENSA MTC card. You will need to renew your FENSA MTC card every five years. What does the qualification route involve? You will need to complete your NVQ before 30 June 2014: Surveyors – Level 3 Certificate in Fenestration Surveying – (QCF) or the Scottish equivalent Installers – Level 2 Certificate in Fenestration Installation – (QCF) or the Scottish equivalent Do existing qualifications count? Holding existing relevant NVQs (and equivalents) passed during the last five years will allow you to show compliance and achieve MTC. You can also do this through the FENSA MTC card system. What are the benefits of getting the FENSA MTC card? The benefits are: • Visible evidence of experience or qualification achievement. • Recognition of current skills, knowledge and competence. • Greater employability. • Proof of meeting MTC requirements. • Proof of ID. • Peace of mind for customers. • The FENSA MTC card belongs to the individual and is transferable across employers and glazing CPS schemes. • The FENSA MTC card is open to all applicants including those who aren’t FENSA registered. This means you do not have to change your registration with your existing CPS provider or your IBG insurance provider. Can employers register installers/surveyors for the FENSA MTC card on their behalf? Yes. But the card is still issued to each installer, surveyor installer/surveyor and it is their personal responsibility to complete the tests, assessments or qualifications and keep the card live. Who pays for the FENSA MTC card? The individual pays but an employer may choose to sponsor an individual. Funding might be possible through a GQA approved centre for taking qualifications. Regardless of who pays, the card belongs to the cardholder and is transferable across employers and glazing (windows, doors and roof light) Competent Person Schemes. How much does it cost? • Industry experience route: £299 plus VAT (or £1.15 per week as the card lasts five years). The £299 cost includes the FENSA MTC card, knowledge test and onsite assessment. Operatives get the provisional FENSA MTC card first. On completion of the knowledge test and assessment, the full FENSA MTC card will be awarded. • Qualification route: If you wish to undertake relevant qualifications, the FENSA MTC card costs £30 plus VAT, plus the cost of taking an NVQ. Operatives get the provisional FENSA MTC card first. On successful completion of the relevant qualifications, the full FENSA MTC card will be awarded. The costs for taking relevant NVQs (and similar qualifications) vary as in some parts of the country funding is available for some or all of the cost. Your nominated GQA centre will be able to advise you on this. • Existing qualifications: This is if you already have relevant qualifications that were undertaken within the last five years. The FENSA MTC card costs £30 plus VAT. To sign up for the FENSA MTC card or to view the full list of MTC FAQs, visit: www.fensa.org.uk/mtc.aspx


GGP December 2013
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