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By submitting an application for membership or confirming renewal of membership you agree that you have read, understood and agree to the IFMT Membership Rules as outlined below:

1.1) Qualification for Membership

Applicants may apply for membership to the Irish Federation of Master Tradesmen if:

A) he/she and his/her employees have the necessary skill to render the service and will carry out the service with due skill, care and diligence.

B) he/she and his/her employees ensure that the materials necessary to render the service are sound and reasonably fit for the purpose for which they are required.

C) he/she has adequate Public Liability Insurance and Employers Liability Insurance (where applicable)

D) he/she and his/her employees agrees to work to the IFMT Code of Practice and to at all times demonstrate a high standard of workmanship and quality of service.

E) he/she can provide at least two genuine references from previous customers in the last 12 months.

F) he/she agrees to cooperate in a timely fashion in the event of a complaint/dispute.

1.2) Providing references

Applicants are reminded of their obligation to comply with paragraph (1.1) (e) and to provide the full contact details including postal address of genuine referees.

The IFMT reserves the right to cancel membership in the event that it is bought to our attention that any of the references supplied to us were not genuine or authentic.

If an applicant provides the details of a referee who has previously made an application for membership which has been rejected or who has their membership cancelled you will be required to provide the details of an alternative referee. This will not affect our decision.

Applicants agree to provide a further 2 references upon annual renewal of membership.

2) Membership Application Decisions

The IFMT reserves the right to reject an application for membership and in such cases the applicant will be informed in writing of the reasons for our decision.

Applicants will be entitled to appeal against our decision within 30 days of date of notification.

3) Membership Certificates and Membership Logos

All IFMT members are entitled to a certificate of membership upon payment of all fee's due. Members are also entitled to receive two IFMT Membership vehicle logos. Additional logo's can be ordered and are charged per unit accordingly. In addition members are entitled to use an IFMT Member logo in graphic format on any promotional or advertising material or advertise any words that imply affiliation to the Irish Federation of Master Tradesmen. IFMT Member logo's are available to members upon payment of all fee's due and must not be edited or distributed in any way.

Every membership certificate, vehicle logo and any other IFMT member logo or merchandise remain the property of the IFMT and shall be returned immediately to the IFMT upon cancellation of membership or removal from our database. In the event that a member makes an appeal in writing against a decision to cancel membership then the membership certificate, vehicle logo and other merchandise may be retained until a final decision has been reached.

Non IFMT Members and website owners are permitted to use the standard IFMT logo in graphic format or hypertext link for use on any website for the purpose of reciprocal linking or advertising purposes so long as IFMT Membership is not implied. All website logo's remain the property of the IFMT and the IFMT reserves the right to request the immediate removal at its discretion.

4) Renewal of IFMT Membership

IFMT membership is effective from the date of approval of membership application and for the duration of 12 months unless membership for whatever reason is cancelled or you are removed from our database.

Registration is continued on an annual basis and subject to compliance with the code of practice in force at the time of re registration and compliance with the IFMT Membership Rules as set out in paragraphs (1.1) (a) through to (f). In addition you must supply the details of a further 2 referees for whom you have carried out work in the last 12 months or since your last registration as stated in paragraph 1.2.

All members will be advised in writing 30 days prior to the date that annual renewal of membership is due. Continued registration must be confirmed within 14 days of the required date for re registration along with the details of a further 2 referees.

In the event of non compliance with any of the rules of IFMT membership as set out in paragraph (1.1) (a) through to (f) the IFMT reserves the right to suspend membership and any certificates of membership, vehicle logo's or any other merchandise which implies IFMT Membership must be returned immediately.

Members have the right to choose not to renew their IFMT Membership. In this instance this must be confirmed in writing and received by us no later than the date that re registration is due.

5) Membership Fee's and Renewal Fee's

Payment of membership fee's must be paid in full before your application can be processed and accepted. In addition you must also provide the details of 2 recent references.

When your membership is due for renewal we will automatically contact you 30 days prior to the renewal date. Renewal fee's must be paid in full no later than 45 days from the date that re registration is due. If you do not wish to renew your membership you must let us know in writing. The IFMT reserves the right to temporarily suspend you from its register and website database until such time as your renewal fee has been paid.

6) Change of Details

All members must inform the IFMT within 30 days of any change in the details contained in first membership application:

A) Company or Business status (including ownership)
B) Major changes in the type of services offered
C) Address
D) Telephone, Fax or Mobile Telephone number
E) Email address
F) Website Address
G) If you cease to carry out business.

Failure to inform the IFMT of any such changes may result in cancellation of membership.

7) Cancellation or Suspension of Membership.

The IFMT reserves the right the cancel membership with immediate affect if:

A) It is bought to our attention that any references obtained where not authentic.

B) Any information supplied on a membership application form is false or misleading.

c) The IFMT is satisfied after any investigation whether internal or external that a member has acted in anyway that might bring the IFMT and its fellow members into disrepute.

D) The IFMT is satisfied after any investigation whether internal or external that a member has failed to comply with membership rules or the code of practice in force at the time of first membership or re registration.

E) Where a member does not cooperate in a timely manner regarding any internal dispute or complaint that is made to us which warrants further investigation.

F) Failure to inform the IFMT of any changes in details as set out in paragraph (6.) (a) through to (g).

8) Internal Complaints

Complaints lodged against members must be in writing and received by us within 30 days from the date of alleged breach of IFMT Membership Rules. A notice of the complaint will be sent to the member concerned within 14 days of receipt of complaint. In accordance with paragraph (1) (f) the member must cooperate with any complaints made against them and respond to the notice of complaint in a timely manner and in no later than 30 days from date of notice of complaint with an explanation or defence. A copy of the member's response including any explanation, defence and/or offer of resolution will be sent to the complainant within 7 days of receipt. Where an offer of resolution has been made by the member and accepted by the complainant then no further action will be taken. In the case where a resolution cannot be found or does not satisfy both parties then the IFMT will mediate between both parties to find a suitable resolution. If the IFMT is satisfied after any internal investigation whether a resolution has been found or not that a member has seriously breached the rules of IFMT membership, failed to comply with the code of practice in force at the time of first membership or re registration or has acted in a way that will bring that the IFMT and its fellow members into disrepute then IFMT membership will be cancelled with immediate affect.

9) Appeals

Appeals against decisions under Rules 2, 7 and/or Rule 8 must be made in writing and sent by registered post within
30 days from the date of written notification of our decision and must be accompanied by the deposit of €200.00 which will be refunded in the event of the appeal being successful.

The Appeal shall be heard within 30 days of the notice of appeal and shall be decided by a Tribunal of four nominated persons not members of the board of the IFMT. Additional evidence or defence may be supplied before the date of appeal so long as it received within 10 days prior to the date of hearing of the appeal.

The decision of the Tribunal shall be final and shall be notified to both parties concerned by Registered Post within 14 days of decision. The rights and benefits of membership of the Registered Member will not be withdrawn while the Appeal is pending.

10) Return of Membership Certificates and Vehicle Logo's

Where membership has been cancelled or re registration has been declined and an appeal has not been made within 30 days the tradesman must return his/her certificate membership and remove and dispose of his/her membership vehicle logo. In addition any reference to IFMT Affiliation must be removed from any correspondence or advertising material and shall not in any way imply affiliation to the IFMT.

11) Publication of Cancellation of Registration

From time to time the IFMT may, at its discretion, make public details of declined applications and cancelled memberships.

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