Certass is urging installers to check they are getting ‘meaningful value’ from their competent persons scheme, as automated annual renewals for other competency schemes are on the horizon.
Danelle Kaukau, SME Representative at Certass, said: “We take a fair and flexible approach to certification, and 2020 has really proven that what installers need is a certification body and trade association who is on their side and backing them up.
“With the news that COVID restrictions will be in place until Spring, and perhaps even lasting into winter 2021, installers should think back to what support and advice they received from membership bodies throughout lockdown.”
During lockdown, Certass Trade Association launched its government-supported ‘COVID Secure Procedures Pack’ and a new Facebook Forum where installers have direct access to chairman, Jon Vanstone. By working collaboratively with installers in this way, Jon is said to be able to represent SME views in conversations with Government. This meant Certass TA was the first glazing organisation to be listed on the Government’s COVID support website.
“All Certass certification members get free Certass Trade Association membership,” continued Danelle, “because we can give more information and advice as a trade association. We promote our installers and help them to promote themselves, with free profile pages and free consumer ratings on the Certass website, generating more than 1,000 ratings per month for members.
“Certificates for jobs are distributed digitally and we offer monthly membership fees rather than annual, to help installers spread costs and help with cashflow.
“We will continue to increase the benefits that Certass members receive, creating a service that adds real value to their business, which in 2021 will include thorough guidance on huge regulation changes and new training schemes to upskill the industry.
“Certass is about giving installers a place to self-certify work, get real-value business support, have their voice heard at Government level and promote their work.
“The role of Competent Persons Schemes changed in 2020 and if your scheme did not step up when you needed them most, it’s time to change.”
Certass membership costs just £24.95+VAT per month with job registrations from £1.50+VAT.