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Contractor Applications, Who should apply?

Small or large, CFA have a membership category to suit most companies who can demonstrate they are actively and credibly involved in installing flooring material in a contract environment. The two categories available for contractor membership are Contractor and Associate Contractor.
If you opt to apply for Associate Contractor, you can find the form here.

  • Find out which is right for you...

    Basic Membership Criteria

    Contractor

    Associate Contractor

    Number of Years Trading

    The company generally must have been trading for a minimum of three years.

    The company generally must have been trading for a minimum of one year.

    Accounts

    The company generally must have three years trading accounts (for Plc/Ltd/LLP filed with Companies House).

    The company generally must have one year's trading accounts accompanying application.

    Solvency

    The company must not, in the reasonable view of CFA, be or likely to become financially insolvent (CFA credit checks all applicants).

    References

    CFA must be able to obtain positive trade and client references.

    Activity

    The majority of work and focus must be within the contract flooring market.

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant and credible (but not necessarily exclusive) activity within the contract flooring market.

    Premises

    Must be operating from suitable business premises. This should include a permanent administration office and if applicable, suitable warehouse / storage facility.

    Must be operating from a registered business address.

    Application Fee

    The CFA charges an application fee of £150 plus VAT, which is non-refundable.

    Both categories enjoy equal benefits and support.

    Go to the Associate Contractor form

Memberhip Fees
Should you require, you can view the CFA Membership Fees in detail here. This page will open in a new window to avoid losing information you may have already entered into this form.

Contractor Application
  • Please click to read the notes that accompany this application form...

    Before applying for membership please note:

    1. The company generally must have been trading for a minimum of three years;
    2. The company generally must have three years trading accounts (for Plc/Ltd/LLP filed with Companies House);
    3. The company must not, in the reasonable view of CFA, be or likely to become financially insolvent (CFA credit checks all applicants);
    4. CFA must be able to obtain positive trade references;
    5. The vast majority of work must be within the contract flooring market;
    6. The CFA charges an application fee of £150 plus VAT, which is non refundable;
    7. Companies applying for membership must be operating from suitable business premises. This should include a permanent administration office and suitable warehouse / storage facility;
    8. Your application will go before the CFA Council for approval against the membership criteria which forms part of this application form and is available on request.

    Where membership embraces two or more categories the higher or highest respective rate of subscription shall be payable by the member.

    The CFA reserves the right to ask questions of the applicant's referees and to take into account any information regarding the applicant from any source when considering an application. Any information taken into account will, prior to a conclusion being reached by the CFA, be put to the applicant for comment. The CFA shall then consider the information and any comment the applicant has made to decide whether the applicant's conduct or trading methods are, or have been, such as to make it desirable that they do not become members.

    Any applicant who is refused membership on the above basis is entitled to appeal the CFA's decision, using the procedure set out in the CFA's Complaints and Appeal Procedure.

    Section A
    Company Details

    Please be as thorough as possible.

    Section B and C
    Proof of financial solvency and probity

    · CFA credit checks all companies applying for membership.
    · For Plc/Ltd/LLP - The company must have three years trading accounts filed with Companies House.
    · For Partnerships and Sole Traders – You must submit a copy of your last three sets of year end accounts within seven days, failure to do so may lead to a delay in processing your application.

    Section D
    Details of four recent contracts

    Please be as thorough as possible.

    Section E
    References

    Trade references are required from TWO OF YOUR MAIN SUPPLIERS and TWO RECENT CLIENTS. We recommend you check with your referees beforehand, as some companies refuse to give trade references.

    Section F
    Supporting Documents

    List of Supporting Documents that must be supplied to the CFA to accompany the application.

    Section G
    Declaration

    By submitting an application for membership, you confirm that you have read and understood the declaration as outlined on the application form on behalf of the company and that you are authorised to apply for CFA membership on its behalf.

    Note: Applications will only be fully processed upon the payment of the administration fee.

Please indicate approximately what percentage of your contracts in the 12 months prior to application were:

 
Section A
Company Details

* This information is solely for CFA's statistical needs and is neither a membership criteria nor shared in identifiable form with any other party

 
Employees and Training

Please indicate average numbers in each category during the last 12 months and how many hold CSCS cards (e.g. 10 / 3 cards)

 
Section B
Plc / Limited Company / LLP
 
Section C
Partnership / Sole Trader
 
Section D
Recent Contracts

Please give details of four recent contracts

1

Labour Only?  

2

Labour Only?  

3

Labour Only?  

4

Labour Only?  
 
Section E
References

Please ask your referees first and provide a contact name, address (including postcode), telephone number and email address for each. We will mention that you have applied to join the CFA and ask about your trading record with each company or client. Trade references must be suppliers that you have an account with; we will be asking them if you pay to terms agreed.

1   Client

2   Client

3   Flooring Trade

4   Flooring Trade

 
Activities

Please tick the following services that apply to your business

 
Section F
Supporting Documents

Supporting Documents that will be required to complete your application. Please tick to confirm you will supply the following upon request:

 
Section G
Declaration

The company (as per section A) falls within the applicable CFA membership criteria (available upon request) and agrees to be bound by the Association's Code of Conduct and Memorandum and Articles of Association, and to submit to a membership audit periodically. The company accepts that annual membership renewal is automatic, unless three months notice of termination has been given by it, and that membership is not transferable. Should the company not be accepted for membership, there is a right to appeal as set out in the membership criteria. Any application is accepted from a company on the basis that the decision of the CFA is final. Reapplications are permitted.

The Association may send you information electronically from time to time, including notices of meetings. You agree that the sending of e-mails to the address provided on this form will constitute good notice in connection with any matter relating to the Association.

I confirm I have read and understood the above, have provided accurate information throughout this form and am authorised to apply for CFA membership on behalf of the company.

Please let us know where you heard about the CFA

Please note: Where membership embraces two or more categories the higher or highest respective rate of subscription shall be payable by the member.

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