Certass launches trade association



Jon Vanstone


The new industry body for installers, Certass Trade Association (CTA), has been launched to give installation companies and tradespeople the chance to make their views heard and get practical support to help grow their businesses.


Jon Vanstone, Chair of CTA says: “Our industry is faced with many issues – a lack of reliable support, an ageing workforce and poor perception from consumers. Speaking with installers and tradespeople we understand the extra pressures they have to contend with. As well as staying competitive and professional in a changing market there is also a severe lack of available skilled labour."


He told The Fabricator: "As a competent persons scheme Certass is restricted in the advice that it can give to its members. We can only point them at the rules as they stand. As a trade association we have much more flexibility to advise members and to discuss the options.


"We are can take a position on things such as proposed legislation or standards, and advise our members on the best ways to deal with these.


“The Certass Trade Association is focussed on creating practical solutions for these issues. The membership is open to all companies in the glazing supply chain who share our vision. Existing Certass members will automatically qualify for membership and we are keeping the membership fee extremely affordable.


“We won’t waste time on internal politics or irrelevant issues, what we do want to do is collaborate with component suppliers, systems companies, fabricators, training providers and certification schemes. We want to work with companies who share our vision to champion the local installers which offer a great service to homeowners.”


The new trade association will be looking to get the views and feedback from its members to understand what they need from an industry body. The team behind the new association have first-hand experience in successful membership bodies for other sectors in the construction industry. This gives them the insight and knowledge of how to create reputations through the delivery of a skilled workforce who use innovative products and best practice to deliver a superior service to consumers.