Industry body develops training for flooring industry

18 April 2017

The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) currently facilitates National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 National Certificate: Installation of Floor Coverings training and also aims to offer improved training for new and existing flooring installers, aligned with the new Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) model, by June next year.

FITA was established in 2013 to function as an industry body for the flooring industry in South Africa and is working with the ConstructionEducation and Training Authority (CETA) in developing course content for the training.

“The level of installation skills in the flooring industry is declining as there is no adequate, formally recognised qualification or training programme that allows a fitter to develop a career path in the industry,” says FITA chairperson Tandy Coleman.

“In accordance with new legislation coming into effect in March 2018, the FITA will facilitate nationally recognised certification based on the new QCTO model when the NQF model falls away.

“This will upskill and ensure a career path for fitters in not only flooring installation but also business skills development. “The idea is to add value to the individual, the community and the flooring industry holistically.”

The CETA is funding the development of the course outline and material.

Course content will comprise comprehensive theoretical and practical classroom training. This will be developed by a panel of experts in the industry and vetted by the industry as a whole.The training courses will be presented by CETA-accredited education and training providers on behalf of the FITA.

Coleman says a lack of skills becomes apparent when clients complain about on-site flooring installations. Using a FITA member for installation will ensure an industry-approved standard of work.

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