The concept of the trade recognition service scheme is to allow a professional car fitter to gain a recognised professional status within the car fitting industry, by being able to demonstrate the skills and experience they possess and have undertaken, as well as being able to provide the customer with a high quality service that has been backed up with a proven system of ongoing professional growth and support. As such, before a professional auto fitter can be accepted into the scheme, they need to undergo a series of assessments that assess their trade knowledge and potential, as well as their suitability as a professional in the trade. Once these are assessed, then the relevant scheme allows them to apply for trade recognition, whereby they can show that they have the relevant skills and experience to work as a car fitter in the UK and have undertaken a comprehensive and suitable gap or training programme.
Regulation and licensing criteria. To be accepted into the trade recognition scheme, an applicant must: Be a permanently resident in the United Kingdom Be a UK company and employ staff who are permanently resident in the United Kingdom Be domiciled in the United Kingdom for at least one year of the twelve months preceding application Be registered or have an application made under the Companies Act of India (the CPRI) or the Companies Act in the UK Be accredited by the Commercial Acceptance Council for Training and Accreditation (CAT) Not less than two years of trade experience Demonstrate to the Independent Expert Professional Organization (IPO) that they have a continuing professional development plan in place. The International Academy of Engineering Applications (IAEA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAIIM) are the accredited bodies in India that can provide professional references from organisations in the UK that may recommend an applicant to the Trading Standards Corporation (TSC).
Skill Assessment. Applicants are assessed on four broad skill areas: Specialized Knowledge, Self Represented Skills, Occupation and Experience. Applicants who have gained a relevant qualification in an upper level occupational field in any country, such as management, engineering or accounting and who demonstrate a relevant mix of knowledge, skill and personal qualities that are required to perform the occupation in UK are considered eligible candidates for eligibility to take the test. Candidates that successfully complete the Skill Assessment Test (SAT) will be sent an acknowledgement letter that will include recommendation letters from their current employers and a registration number. Candidates who successfully complete the Skill Assessment Test (SAT) may then be eligible to take the occupational assessment provided that they satisfy the eligibility criteria set out in the TESOL qualifications policy.