Vehicle installers provide an essential service to vehicle owners and operators in fitting after-market electronic equipment into their vehicles. Correctly fitting such equipment can be a highly skilled activity and owners and operators need to be assured that the work is being done to the highest standards.
The FCS installer community provides the crucial technical skills to ensure electronic equipment is installed properly. To achieve these high standards, installers
follow the guidance in two Codes of Practice:
- FCS1362:2016 (UK CODE OF PRACTICE for the installation of mobile radio and related ancillary equipment in land-based vehicles)
- This gives guidance on ‘Best Practice’ in this arena. Both the National Association of Police Fleet Managers and Crown Commercial Services insist upon FCS1362 as the default benchmark for vehicle installations.
- FCS1364:2019 UK CODE OF PRACTICE ADR ‘FL’ & ‘AT’ VEHICLE RADIO COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION
- SUPERSEDES Energy Institute document “Recommendations for Radio Communication Equipment and its installation in Petroleum Road Tankers
The FCS Installers’ Group provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge on installation practice for FCS members. The Installers’ Group is also responsible for the maintenance of FCS 1362 to keep it aligned with the latest benchmark practices.
It is essential that owners and operators of vehicles are given the necessary confidence that the installation will be done to the highest standards. To address this need, the Installers Group was instrumental in the establishment of the Federation of Communication Services Installation and Training Accreditation Scheme (FITAS). The main purpose of this Scheme is to provide a means by which installers can provide the end customers with the evidence that they have the necessary skills to perform the installation to the correct standards.
Members of the Scheme will be certified, will have an ID card and their names will be listed on the FCS website, confirming their accreditation to the FITAS Scheme.
Membership of the FITAS Scheme is available to any installer of equipment.
This Scheme is administered by the FCS.
The FCS Installers Committee acts as a Steering Committee for the wider Installer membership. It meets four times a year.
Why not contact the FCS to learn more about the Installers Committee and/or the FITAS Scheme.
The Federation Of Communication Services Ltd
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Newcastle upon Tyne