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Setting the benchmark for excellence

The Certified Contractor Scheme recognises the professional competence of those fencing contractors, who fulfill basic registration criteria and meet minimum standards for training, quality and continual improvement. The four levels of certification are:

Each certification level requires evidence that the contractor fulfills the stated criteria, which reflects the breadth, size and complexity of fencing projects.

These will range from residential installations (yellow), to those complex, technical or logistically difficult installations covered by National Highways Sector Schemes (blue).

General

Basic Criteria:

  • Evidence of a minimum of two years trading
  • Evidence of annual turnover of more than £75,000
  • Two positive contract references OR ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification

Additional Criteria:

  • Insurances: Employer and Public Liability Insurance, Contractors’ All Risk Insurance
  • Health & Safety – SSIP / OHSASS18001

Commercial

Basic Criteria:

  • Evidence of a minimum of two years trading
  • Evidence of annual turnover of more than £75,000
  • Two positive contract references OR ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification

Additional Criteria:

  • Insurances: Employer and Public Liability Insurance, Contractors’ All Risk Insurance
  • Health & Safety – SSIP / OHSASS18001
  • FISS/CSCS Evidence
  • AFI Meeting Attendance / CPD Evidence

Major Projects

Basic Criteria:

  • Evidence of a minimum of two years trading
  • Evidence of annual turnover of more than £75,000
  • Two positive contract references OR ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification

Additional Criteria:

  • Insurances: Employer and Public Liability Insurance, Contractors’ All Risk Insurance
  • Health & Safety – SSIP / OHSASS18001
  • FISS/CSCS Evidence
  • AFI Meeting Attendance / CPD Evidence
  • ISO 9001 QMS Accreditation

Specialist

Basic Criteria:

  • Evidence of a minimum of two years trading
  • Evidence of annual turnover of more than £75,000
  • Two positive contract references OR ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification

Additional Criteria:

  • Insurances: Employer and Public Liability Insurance, Contractors’ All Risk Insurance
  • Health & Safety – SSIP / OHSASS18001
  • FISS/CSCS Evidence
  • AFI Meeting Attendance / CPD Evidence
  • ISO 9001 QMS Accreditation

Accreditation Evidence:

  • National Highways Sector Schemes OR Achilles UVDB

What are the benefits?

Clients

Identifying suitably qualified fencing contractors, who hold the require industry accreditations and training, has until now, been something of a challenge for public and commercial clients.

The Certified Contractor Scheme provides:

  • Easy access to technically competent and appropriately qualified fencing contractors, who hold the requisite skills and wider professional accreditations for specific projects. By simply referring to the list on this website specifiers, procurement officers and commercial and domestic clients can view the profiles of contractors certified to the required level;
  • Bench-marking of contractor competence so that specifiers in the public and commercial sectors need only state in their tenders the level of AFI certification required, knowing that contractors with
    the certification will have fulfilled the appropriate technical, health and safety and regulatory criteria to the satisfaction of the AFI;
  • Peace of mind, particularly for residential clients who can be reassured that basic technical and professional criteria have been met when they select an AFI Certified Contractor, removing the risk of employing tradesmen without the requisite skills.

This in turn means:

  • Making specification and tender preparation easier
  • Specifiers in the public and commercial sectors need only state in their tenders the level of AFI certification required.
  • Capability to search the AFI website where the company profiles and accreditations will be listed under the appropriate level of certification.

Contractors

In tough market conditions with increasingly discerning customers, fencing contractors need a competitive edge to help them stand out from the crowd. By achieving AFI Certified Contractor status, contractors benefit from:

  • Use of the AFI Certified Contractor logo on letterheads, stationery, website, vehicles and marketing material, which is a powerful marketing tool;
  • Wide scale promotion of the scheme and the AFI Certified Contractor listing on the AFI website, explaining the technical expertise, professionalism and regulatory compliance required of
    certified contractors, to specifiers, procurement officers and public/commercial clients in the major sectors, including:
    • Government departments, e.g. Ministry of Defence and Home Office
    • Highways Agency
    • Utilities companies
    • Airport authorities
    • Network Rail
    • House builders
    • Local authorities
  • Scheme marketing material for inclusion with tenders and for prospecting;
  • Increased business opportunities as tenders increasingly specify AFI Certified Contractor status as a pre-qualification requirement and residential clients look for peace of mind in choosing a reputable and competent contractor;
  • Specifiers, procurement officers and clients (commercial and residential) can search for a fencing contractor, certified at the level appropriate to the contract.

Who can join?

The scheme is open to any fencing contractor who can meet the following basic criteria required for membership of the AFI, although membership of the association is not required by the scheme:

  • The company must have traded for a minimum of two years
  • It must have an annual turnover of more than £75,000
  • It must provide two positive contract references
  • It must provide proof of valid Employer and Public Liability Insurance
  • The company must agree to subsequently provide an Annual Return, updating company information and turnover
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