There are a large number of companies claming to have checked and vetted the qualifications, performance, background etc of tradesman, so you can be sure these people can be trusted to do a good job and do it properly. So we contacted as many as we could think of and asked them what qualifications they checked for tradesmen offering flat pack assembly services.
- We contacted: Bark, Bidvine, Check a Trade, Checked and Vetted, Local Heroes (did not reply), My Job Quote (did not reply), MyBuilder.com, Rated People & Trust a Trader (did not reply).
- Of those that replied, NOT ONE checked whether their tradesmen had any sort of qualifications in the assembly of flat pack furniture.
- Check their replies here
This is hardly surprising, because I searched the internet and contacted several organisations such as the Institute of Carpenters, City and Guilds, Trustmark and Buy With Confidence, all of whom were unaware of any qualifications or indeed if any were required.
Here's the point, there are some dreadful people (often tradesmen) offering flat pack furniture assembly services who have no idea what they are doing and make a mess of the product, often leaving it unsafe.
In order to address this, I have launched this website the courses, tests and a way to show who has the relevant knowledge.
Anyone with our badges will be aware the main British Standards affecting furniture for use in a domestic environment. It is not a legal requirement to have furniture tested to British Standards, but since they have been developed to help prevent serious injury and death, using an assembler without this knowledge could lead to your furniture not being as safe as it could be.
Checked and Vetted Companies
As I said before, almost all of the companies I contacted give the impression in their literature and advertising that they have checked the qualifications of their tradesmen. Anyone hiring someone from these websites would assume the person who they hire to assemble their furniture therefore has relevant qualifications. It is misleading and they don't seem to be bothered because they all do it.
I want to work with all these companies to improve the skills and knowledge of their furniture assemblers. Some of them will be very good and very experienced, while others aren't, and currently there is no way to distinguish them. No one has any idea what the ratio of good to bad actually is.
Do you assemble furniture and advertise on these websites?
If assemble furniture and list it as a service offered on one of these websites, simply enter FREEREGISTER or FREETRAINING to get the badges free of charge, so please sign up now.
Always look out for Furniture Assemblers who have one of our badges displayed on their website and adverts. It shows that they have completed our British Standards course and passed our test.
Our course covers the following British Standards:
- BS EN 1130: 1997 - Cribs and Cradles
- BS EN 716: 2017 – Children's Cots
- BS 8509 – Children's Beds
- BS EN 747 – Bunk Beds and High Beds
- BS ISO 7171 – Stability of Storage Furniture
PLEASE CHECK YOUR ASSEMBLER IS LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE USING THE SEARCH BUTTON BELOW. ALL YOU NEED IS THEIR SURNAME AND REGISTRATION NUMBER. HOWEVER THE BADGE ON THEIR WEBSITE CAN LINK DIRECTLY TO THEIR WEBPAGE ON HERE, MAKING CHECKING EVEN EASIER.
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Intermediary Companies offering professional flat pack assembly services NOT engaging with our Badge system directly:
Airtasker, Amazon, Bark, Bidvine, Check a Trade, Checked and Vetted, Local Heroes, My Job Quote, MyBuilder.com, Rated People, Task Rabbit & Trust a Trader
Intermediary Companies offering professional flat pack assembly services engaging with our Badge system directly:
None - go on be the first....
Companies, who have Assemblers who are on our Badge System