From 1 July 2018, product warranties on poor installation carried out by installers not accredited by the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) will no longer be honoured. This is the result of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between FITA and 24 leading South African flooring manufacturers, distributors and contractors.

The new minimum requirements are that the head installer on a project has to individually register with FITA and hold a Construction, Education and Training Authority (CETA) accreditation qualification (currently known as the National Certificate: Installation of Floor Coverings – NQF1). The qualification covers limited flooring types to which the MOU clause is also restricted. To bridge the gap, FITA is actively working with CETA and industry to create a revised curriculum which will be ready in 2018, after which the MOU will be updated to include more flooring types.

Tandy Coleman, Chairman of FITA, says that FITA’s role in the industry is to encourage and facilitate the recognition, upskilling and training of installers for the benefit of all sectors of the flooring industry.

“This is done by utilising the funding provided by CETA and industry players who register with FITA. We are available to assist contractors and installers to either enrol at a FET college or participate in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) accreditation process to ensure they are compliant by July next year,” says Tandy.

Proven product failure will continue to be honoured under the respective warranties.

For more information, contact FITA on info@fitasa.co.za or on +27 (82) 853 7828.