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GGP February 2015

13 FENSA NEWS Declaration deadline FENSA reports that certified businesses can no longer self-declare installers/surveyors’ On 31 May 2015, the option for companies to selfdeclare operative competence on a staff company register will cease. From the 1 June 2015, FENSA inspectors will be checking that at least one MTC compliant installer per fitting team, and all surveyors, are MTC compliant for the scope of work they undertake. This can be demonstrated by either having an industry recognised competency card (e.g. FENSA MTC card) or a relevant fenestration NVQ qualification. Companies are still required to maintain a register of approved surveyors and installers that must be made available to FENSA. FENSA inspectors will check that certified businesses are using surveying and installation staff who are ‘competent’ and/or adequately supervised to ensure compliance with Building Regulations and safety during and on completion of the work. Currently, companies are also able to deem their staff as competent by ‘self declaring’ two years of industry experience on a staff competency register, but this approach will no longer be acceptable. competencies from 1 June 2015 INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE Over 90% are taking the ‘Industry Experience Route’ when applying for the FENSA MTC card to demonstrate MTC compliance. Industry experience still counts! Installers and surveyors who do not wish to take NVQ qualifications which focus on practical training and assessments, can instead select the ‘Industry Experience Route’ when applying for the MTC card. Two years’ relevant experience is required, which is verified by sitting a multiple choice test (different versions for installers and surveyors) and passing an onsite inspection. FREE MTC VIDEO FENSA has produced a free MTC video which explains the MTC and provides guidance on the multiple choice tests and onsite assessment for the industry experience route. FREE ONLINE SEMINARS Due to the continued popularity of the free webinar programme during 2014, FENSA shall be scheduling further webinars during 2015. MTC INFORMATION To help prepare for the MTC online test and onsite assessments for the industry experience route, companies NEW * Understatement of the year www.ggpmag.com February 2015 Clingy* Search online for CAT. NO. EG310ULTRA For information call FREE on 00 800 0421 6144 e: CRL@crlaurence.co.uk f: 00 800 0262 3299 w: crlaurence.co.uk EG310 Ultra is a multi-use, super-strength MS Polymer Adhesive that �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Suitable for a range of applications, it adheres to any surface, internally or externally. It’s ultra-fast, ultra-strong and solvent free. can do the following: • Download a free copy of FENSA’s Guide to Compliance which covers all aspects of the Building Regulation requirements for installation of windows at www.ggftraining.com • Read up on the Building Regulations which can be freely downloaded on the government’s Planning Portal: www.planningportal.gov.uk • Obtain a copy of the Glass and Glazing Federation’s Good Practice Guide for the Installation of Replacement Windows and Doors (offered free when applying for the ’Industry Experience Route’ within the FENSA MTC Card). APPLY NOW Remember, if you have not achieved MTC compliance you could face sanctions. The same rule applies to all the replacement glazing Competent Person Schemes. A FENSA MTC card is one of the simplest solutions to MTC compliance. Fitters and surveyors (or their employers) can register for this card on www.ggftraining.com.


GGP February 2015
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