FCS Installer Training And Accreditation Scheme

FITAS Digital Tick Mark

Equipping the industry for the 'Digital Tick'

FITAS is the industry's cost-efficient pathway to obtaining the 'Digital Tick' qualification to install replacement/upgrade digital radio receivers in road vehicles.   

Operated the industry leading specialists in training and accrediting vehicle electricians and installers, FITAS is an Institute of the Motor Industry Approved Accreditation Centre, delivering the IMI's Automotive Technical Award qualification.  This is the industry-agreed benchmark for installers who want to appear on the government's register of approved installers who are capable of upgrading/replacing existing in-vehicle radio equipment with digital radios and antennas.

The ATA qualification itself requires both an on-line test of installer competence and familiarity with vehicle electronics and a detailed audit of an actual head-unit / antenna installation.  For a time-served installer, it typically takes less than half a day to complete, and costs £480 for all course materials, examination, audit and certification.  Group rates are available for companies with multiple installers, where the course materials can be shared among several candidates and the cost of auditors’ and invigilators’ time can be more efficiently recovered.

‘Grandfather rights’

FCS’s FITAS vehicle installer accreditation scheme is an independent guarantee of installers' ability to conform to the FCS1362 Code of Practice.  It requires both academic study and the successful completion of a detailed installer audit, covering every aspect of the task from the point of receiving the vehicle from the customer to the point of handing it back once the installation is completed and everything has been tested.  So IMI have agreed that FITAS-accredited installers have no need for any further accreditation;  they need only submit the certification fee to receive the ATA award and be eligible for the Digital Tick.

Anyone seeking the Digital Tick as they embark upon a career in vehicle installation may well be better and more cost-efficiently served by enrolling directly on the FITAS programme, which equips professionals with the underpinning knowledge and best practice to undertake installation of all types of radio frequency equipment, not just replacement radios and antennas. 

FITAS members who want the Digital Tick or individuals who’d like to learn more about the FITAS scheme should contact scheme manager Jason McComb for further information.