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The NECBirmingham 23-25 May 2017


Master Fitter Challenge

WINDOW FITTERS - How Good Do You Think You Are?

New for 2017

Finals take place at the UK’s premier event venue The National Exhibition Centre

For 2017, just six installers will compete in the live finals at The FIT Show, when they will actually install glazing products as thousands of visitors to the event mill around the show. With the incentive of huge cash prizes totalling £10,000 and more importantly, their pride and reputations at stake, the finalists will be distilled from an entry list following an exhaustive filtering process carried out by Glass Qualifications Authority and associated industry expert judges. The process includes a site visit for those reaching the second stage so entrants have to be at their best, in real world conditions.

As well as a new venue for 2017 a number of new challenges will face competitors including aluminium bi folding doors supplied by AluK, reflecting the continued boom in sales of aluminium windows, bi-folding and sliding doors. The Master Fitter Challenge technical team is also looking at including a roof challenge in addition to the regular competitions including PVC-U windows and composite doors, the latter provided by leading manufacturer Apeer Doors.

The Master Fitter Challenge also welcomes innovation and for 2017 we welcome the use of Trufit, represented at The FIT Show by distributor Glazpart.

Enter now! It’s never too early! 

Our Sponsors:

Fit Show 2017 Final

FENSA is delighted to be sponsoring the Master Fitter Challenge 2017 – the 4th time that FENSA has supported this showcase of best practice.

The FENSA team will be at FIT 2017 to answer installers questions and give advice on all aspects of the Building Regulations. There will also be information on the new, free FENSA Window and Doorset Energy Ratings scheme, FENSA Pay As You Go and Minimum Technical Competencies.

FENSA is the only glazing Competent Persons Scheme known by name, by homeowners (Source: BBC Wales). It allows installers of replacement windows, doors and rooflights in domestic properties to self-certify compliance with Building Regulations.

FENSA certified installers can then issue homeowners with a FENSA certificate. FENSA only operates in England and Wales.

Commercial installations, new build, conservatories, listed building, doors with less than 50% glazing or glazing repair work are NOT covered.


Innovation in Window and Door Frame Installation

The Master Fitter Competition at FIT Show is known for incorporating the latest trends in the market and raising installation standards, which makes TruFit a perfect fit.

Glazpart is promoting TruFit at FIT Show as ‘filling a gap in the installer’s toolkit’ so it was right that the product should become part of the Master Fitter Challenge. Glazpart says the product helps fitters install windows more profitably, efficiently, speedily, accurately and cleanly whilst maintaining the performance of energy efficient windows. The 2017 challenge finalists will be told: “Don’t just fit it, TruFit it!” as they are tasked with installing frames using this innovative method.

TruFit is a pre-compressed foam tape which works by expanding to completely fill the gap between the wall and the window frame. It delivers a thermally beneficial, consistent, air and weathertight seal with a distinctive finish - “the shadow line of quality”. 

Visit Glazpart stand E50 during the show for a closer look at this neat modern finish and the opportunity to discuss TruFit’s time, cost and efficiency savings too.


Residential Door Challenge

For the 2017 Mater Fitter Challenge, Apeer Doors has stepped in to provide its popular, top selling composite residential doors upon which the finalists will be called to show their skills in the Residential Door Competition. Apeer's GRP faced doors have an excellent reputation for manufactured integrity and durability over many thousands of installations throughout the UK and Ireland.


New for 2017

Bi Folding Door Challenge

As our name suggests, aluminium lies at the heart of everything we do at AluK. And has done for over 20 years. Why aluminium? It’s light, strong and highly sustainable. It doesn’t warp or rust and is near maintenance-free. It’s also exceptionally versatile. So what better material to choose for the 2017 Master Fitter Challenge at The FIT Show?

We’ll be providing our ever-popular BSF70 bi-fold door for the event, where the six best installers will battle it out for fitting supremacy as they tackle aluminium frames for the very first time at the show. And with popularity and sales in aluminium frames currently booming, we suspect it won’t be the last time.

In addition to supporting the 2017 Master Fitter Challenge, we also have a dedicated AluK stand at The FIT Show, where our aluminium experts will be on hand to answer any technical questions and share their knowledge. Naturally we’ll be bringing along a selection of our market-leading aluminium façade systems for visitors to view up close and personal too.

Conservatory Roof Challenge


Managed by GQA

GQA are the Master Fitter Challenge managers for the 4th FIT Show running; they are the leading writers of qualifications for the glazing industry and have worked with and for the sector for over 25 years. Its qualifications are delivered to the industry by over 80 approved centres throughout the UK and include NVQ’s and MTC’s as well as skills cards for trained operatives. GQA will be assessing all entrants to the competition as well as managing the live final at the FIT Show in May 2017.


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