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Become a Member

CAI is different from most trade associations in that applicants for membership have to undergo the assessment process to check they comply with CAI standards prior to being accepted into membership.  Consumers choosing a CAI member to advise or complete the work they require are assured of competence and compliance.


To achieve the CAI accreditation, members must;

  • Work to standards outlined in CAI's Codes of Practice and British Standards

  • Be continually re-assessed to ensure standards are maintained

  • Use quality, tested  equipment verified by CAI's Certification Scheme

  • Guarantee all installations and equipment used for 12 months

  • Be fully insured to cover all aspects of the business scope

  • Prove they employ a competent and reputable work force

  • Hold a minimum of 12 months trading history


The company assessment is carried out by a CAI Assessment Officer who will contact the applicant to arrange an appointment to visit the business. The business will be assessed on the following three key areas:

  • Organisation – work is programmed and recorded coherently.

  • Workmanship – in accordance with CAI Codes of Practice.

  • Customer Service – adheres to the CAI Code of Conduct.

A report will be issued by the Assessment Officer to CAI's Board of Directors for approval.  Use of CAI's logo is not permitted until you have received a CAI membership number and hold a valid membership certificate. Any instances of logo mis-use, will be reported to Trading Standards and will halt the application process for a further 12 months. 


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.  

Benefits and services you automatically obtain by being a CAI member:

  • CAI logo with recognition since 1978

  • Online profile on with a maximum of 5 installing categories

  • ID cards

  • Technical advice

  • Industry & business document templates

  • Recruitment centre

  • Complaints arbitration

  • CAI publications are available by download or hardcopy

  • Eligible to obtain use of Freesat & Freeview logos

  • Electronic industry newsletter

  • Personalised member email address

  • Product advertising in newsletter which is valid to manufacturing/distributing members only

  • CAI Certification Scheme discount for manufacturing members

  • Discounted CAI training including the City & Guilds Accredited Programmes

CAI has negotiated discounted rates from service providers making numerous areas of the business considerable savings. 


CAI’s membership subscription is divided into company services and employees.

Apply for Membership

To ensure there is no delay please ensure the required documentation is submitted:


Application Form
Provide CAI Plus criteria for 50% of the employed engineers
Insurance policy showing Public and Employers Liability
Inspection Deposit Fee of £279 + VAT

Manufacturer & Distributor

Application Form
Brochure of industry products manufactured or distributed by applicant


Application Form
Supplementary Evidence - refer to form