If your company is involved in fire protection - whether it is installing or designing fire detection and alarm systems, or servicing portable fire extinguishers - and you’ve been using our training for a while, you might have noticed that prices for members of the FIA are considerably lower. Almost 40% lower on some courses.
On top of that, membership of the FIA comes with a range of other benefits.
However, the criteria for membership can sometimes be a barrier, since we require third party certification in order to become a fully fledged FIA Member.
Third party certification, and the process of getting certified, can be complicated if you aren’t sure what it really means or how to go about getting it.
For those that aren’t already in the know, getting third party certification just means that an independent company will assess you and recommend you for certification. There is an audit process for both the office management side of your company and an audit and assessment of the actual work being carried out - usually a site visit with an engineer.
It’s not quite like steering the Starship Enterprise into places no one has gone before, but it can be a step into the unknown, which understandably can be a worry if you’re planning to get certified and then don’t get recommended for certification after the audit. That kind of situation can add extra time and cost onto obtaining certification; a hassle that no business needs.
If this is ringing a few familiar bells, then you may wish to consider the FIA’s Route to Certification Package. Put simply: the FIA will give you face to face support to sort out all the paperwork you need in order to gain third party certification.
Once you sign up to the Route to Certification Package, you’ll get the support of the FIA’s Compliance Manager through face to face visits at your place of work, and further support via email and over the phone to ensure that you are guided through the whole process.
You’ll be given your options for certification with the expert guidance of the FIA - you’ll gain a clearer understanding of which certification scheme to undertake, and which certification body to obtain the audit from. Following that you’ll get further support to work your way through the certification scheme you’ve chosen to get recommended for certification first time - no hassle, no worry of whether or not you’ll pass the audit.
And the really good news - you don’t have to wait until you’ve become fully certified to become an FIA Member. Once you’ve signed up the Route to Certification Package, you can be a probationary Member, and access all of the benefits of Membership right away, including the discounted training.
Worthwhile, wouldn’t you say?
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