Carkit installers get certified


The Federation of Communication Services (FCS) has announced the launch of a new accreditation scheme for carkit installers.

The FCS Installer Training and Accreditation Scheme (FITAS) replaces the current Silver Award Scheme and is designed to demonstrate a holder is in compliance with the industry code of practice.

“The industry has moved on considerably since the inaugural accreditation scheme was launched six years ago,” said FCS installers group co-chair John Thomson (pictured).

“As additional legislation is introduced surrounding the use of in-vehicle technologies and the equipment itself becomes increasingly more sophisticated, installation experts are being asked to get to grips with, and fit, a huge diversity of complex systems both safely and effectively. 

“From satellite navigational aids, tracking devices, mobile radio, alarms and security to in-vehicle entertainment and multimedia solutions – businesses and consumers are demanding more than ever before from their mobile technology systems and those who fit them.”

The scheme is focused on individuals rather than companies and includes continuous assessment of both technical expertise and customer service.

Supported by Motorola and the Association of Car Fleet Operators, the accreditation will be recognized by the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Ofcom as an example of good practice.

As part of the programme the FCS will be actively promoting the scheme and its members to interested parties including customers and their representative organizations.

The scheme will launch on January 1 2009 and the FCS is currently accepting preliminary applications.