Join the CAI

What the CAI Represents
The Confederation formed in 1978 to represent the rapidly growing TV aerial industry.  With the switch from black and white TV viewing to colour the UK TV aerial industry grew dramatically as everyone in the nation had to replace their old VHF TV aerial with UHF.   In the late 1980s the CAI extended its scope as the natural representative body for satellite dish installation when satellite viewing began its dramatic rise in popularity with birth of Sky TV.  Today the CAI has membership categories for everyone from sole proprietor aerial and satellite installers, to the largest commercial system design and installation companies along with manufacturers and distributors who supply all the necessary equipment for signal reception and data networks. The CAI also welcomes applications from consultants and broadcast operators.

Benefits of Membership
The CAI is an independent, not-for-profit trade body and is therefore not run for commercial gain.  Any financial surplus generated through income streams is reinvested back into services that benefit the membership.

By becoming a CAI member you will receive discounts from the following CAI partners,

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Other benefits you automatically obtain by being a CAI member,

  • CAI Logo which has been recognised since 1978
  • Your company listed on the CAI website in a maximum of 5 installing categories. 
  • CAI ID Cards 
  • Technical Advice
  • Complaints Arbitration
  • Online Members Technical Forum
  • @caimember.org.uk email address
  • Eligible to obtain Freesat & Freeview logos
  • Recruitment Centre - list your job vacancy on the CAI recruitment page
  • Fortnightly 'E-Connect' detailing all Industry news & changes
  • Access to CAI Codes of Practice & Technical Standards
  • Use of CAI templates - Covering Health & Safety, Signal Records, Risk Assessment, Method Statements and much more
  • CAI Feedback Journal issued twice a year
  • Compliance Certification Scheme
  • Exhibiting Discount for Evolving Connectivity
  • CAI Benchmarking Scheme Discount for Manufacturers of Aerials & Cable
  • Free Product Advertising in 'E-Connect' (Valid only to Manuf/Distributing members)

How to Join the CAI
To become a member of the Confederation of Aerial Industries, each prospective applicant must, 

  • Hold a minimum of 12 months trading history
  • Be willing to allow the CAI Assessment team to conduct an assessment on the installing company 

Step 1 - Complete Application Form

pdf Download Application Form to join the CAI

Once completed the CAI application form must be sent to the CAI office by one of the following methods, 

  • Post - Membership Secretary, CAI Ltd, Communications House, 41a Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0PN
  • Email - Membership Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Fax - 01923 803203

Step 2 - CAI plus Criteria
All new applicants must supply the following CAI plus criteria for 50% of the engineers:

  • Basic DBS disclosure issued within 12 months of issue date. Once a member the DBS has a validation period of 3 years. A DBS can be obtained online at www.disclosurescotland.co.uk.
  • Safe Working at Heights certificate issued within 5 years. 
  • Proof of CAI minimum standard liability insurance - Employers liability and Public/Tradesman's liability. Currently £2m for single unit dwelling only installers and £5m for systems installers working in communal or commercial environments.

Step 3 - Pre-Assessment & Inspection Deposit
Once the CAI has received your application, one of our assessment team will be in contact with you to arrange an assessment visit. The on-going assessment of all CAI companies is fundamental to CAI strategy in helping regulate the industry and secure more profit making opportunities for the membership. To achieve these goals we need your full co-operation. 

To be successful in obtaining membership all applicants are visited and assessed on the ability to;app form  checklist

  • Organise their business so that work is programmed and recorded coherently.
  • Carry out work in accordance with the CAI codes of practice relevant to the scope of the work.
  • Provide a service to the client that adheres to the CAI code of conduct.

A full listing of all that we expect from an installing business applying for membership is available HERE.

It will be essential to see documented details of recent installations, which in most cases will be assessed on the day of the visit. Alternatively to reduce travel costs, where work is remote to the business location, the assessment officer may accept detailed documentary and photographic evidence work samples. This is subject to the ability to prove the work is the authentic property of the member or applicant company. 

Inspection Deposit
Finally, we need an assessment fee of £150.00 be paid before or on the date of assessment to the CAI assessor. Ideally this can be paid by BACS or credit card by contacting the CAI membership secretary or by cheque either before the visit or be passed to the assessment officer.  If for whatever reason your application is unsuccessful this fee is non-refundable.  The escalation of travelling costs and withdrawal of applications after assessment has made this payment necessary so you are advised to prepare for your visit and ensure everything is in place for the assessment. 

Your invoice on acceptance of your membership will be adjusted taking into account the assessment fee already paid. (i.e. the £150 is deducted from your first subscription).

Please note; The CAI logo is a registered trade mark. Use of the CAI Logo is not permitted until such as time as your company is officially elected into membership of the Confederation. Any instances of misuse of the logo will be reported to the relevant trading standards department and will halt the application for a further 12 months.

 Subscription Rates
The CAI has membership categories for everyone from small domestic aerial and satellite installers, to the largest commercial system design and installation companies as well as the manufacturers and distributors who serve the industries need for quality products. To view these rates please download the 'CAI Subscription Rates'. 

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