The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has unveiled a groundbreaking improvement to its membership application process.
The development will drastically reduce the time it takes for prospective members to join while setting the stage for a more efficient and digitally driven future.
Previously, the NASC membership application process could take anywhere between four and 12 weeks to complete, causing frustration and delays for many aspiring members. However, NASC’s latest initiative aims to streamline this process, allowing qualified applicants to become members within just four weeks.
In addition to this reduction in processing time, NASC has also committed to digitising its membership applications in 2024. This forward-thinking approach will enable the use of publicly held information that supports the quality of scaffolding contracting businesses, thereby simplifying the application process for new members and alleviating paperwork burdens, all while maintaining the high standards expected from NASC members and their clients.
NASC’s Chief Executive Officer, Clive Dickin, emphasised the importance of these changes in maintaining and enhancing the industry’s reputation for quality and efficiency.
“NASC members are renowned for their commitment to quality and efficiency, as evidenced by our transparent NASC membership standards and audits. To ensure that NASC remains at the forefront of industry standards, it’s crucial that we improve our systems to assist contractors in joining our organisation and demonstrating their strengths. By doing so, we also ensure that prospective members fully understand and meet the quality standards expected by their clients. In the scaffolding and access industry, there is no equivalent to NASC audited membership, making NASC the gold standard for clients seeking high-quality contracting businesses.”
Jamie McGuire, NASC Membership Manager, expressed pride in his role in developing the new system, “I am proud to have played a part in the development of this innovative system, which will greatly benefit scaffolding contracting businesses. The introduction of Compliance Officers with an assistive approach to applicants, focused on expedited membership approval, will help prospective members gain recognition for their qualifications and expertise.”
NASC’s Membership and Compliance Committee is dedicated to ongoing systems improvements. It will be actively reviewing the Membership Charter to ensure that the standards defined lead to high-quality scaffolding and access solutions for clients. These improvements will not only reduce risk and waste but also elevate the overall industry standard.