What do you get from your competent persons scheme? That’s the question that Certass is posing to installers, to check that they are getting the best value for money from their provider.
Jason Clemmit, Managing Director at Certass explains: “Competent Persons Schemes (CPS) are something that every sensible installer has to have but that doesn’t mean CPS membership can’t offer added value for their business.
“That’s why we have built a whole package around Certass membership, so with their monthly membership fee, installation businesses get access to loads of extras, all for free. It helps to make CPS something that adds real value to installers, rather than just being a fee that has to be paid without any benefits.”
Certass membership includes the Certass Trade Association. This includes free access to legal, tax, HR and health & safety advice through the business support package as well as a focus to support the local installer.
A key focus of our CPS membership is digital support, including a listing on Certass’ ‘Find an Installer’ search for homeowners, a personalised company profile page and a free consumer ratings service.
Jason adds: “Every month we have thousands of visitors to our website looking for an installer or advice. We also receive around 1000 ratings from homeowners about our members every month, which is testament to the high level of workmanship our installers provide. It’s completely free, and a great way of getting homeowner recommendations for future customers to see.”
Certass says it understands that often its installers are multi-trade and cover installation work other than just windows such as conservatories and roofline. Cartass also states it has the CQ-Assured Scheme to provide consumers’ confidence for these areas. The CQ-Assured scheme includes free TrustMark membership and exclusive access to finance from one of the UK’s largest home improvement finance providers and low-cost public-liability & business insurance.
“The role of CPS providers has changed over the years,” Jason continues, “and now it’s our duty to help members deal with a changing market and industry. This has driven our added-value initiatives, so CPS can be a valued service that helps installers super charge their business.”