The Fencing Contractors Association has launched a new ‘quality assured’ scheme. It provides specifiers, procurement officers and clients with an easy and reliable way to find fencing contractors with the experience and level of competency appropriate to the size and complexity of their contract. For contractors, certification is a powerful marketing tool providing increased business opportunities.
The FCA Certified Contractor Scheme, launched at the association’s AGM in February this year, is open to any contractor meeting basic registration criteria, regardless of whether or not they are FCA members. However, full contractor membership of the association includes scheme registration and it is anticipated that many fencing contractors hoping to achieve certified status who are not FCA members will opt to join for the additional benefits.
Wendy Baker, the association’s General Secretary, is excited about the new scheme and the impact it will have on raising standards across the fencing industry:
“There has long been a need in the fencing industry for a scheme that recognises professionalism and promotes those companies that have embraced training, quality and continual improvement. This new scheme recognises each of those elements by certifying fencing contractors at the appropriate level, whether they work predominantly in the residential marketplace for domestic clients or in the public sector where National Highways Sector Schemes dictate the specialist competencies required.”
The four levels of certification – indicated by appropriately coloured scheme logos for use by contractors – are:
- General Installation (Yellow)
- Commercial Installation (Orange)
- Major Projects Installation (Red)
- Specialist Installation (Blue)
Details of the scheme, including registration criteria, cost and application form will be available on the FCA website at www.fencingcontractors.org from 30 April.