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How can I become an FCSA member?

To become an accredited Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) member, a company must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a service provider in the professional employment services sector, such as an Umbrella Employer, limited company advisor, or self-employed/CIS contractor provider.
  • Agree to abide by the FCSA’s Codes of Compliance, which cover both tax and employment law.
  • Be independently assessed by a team of industry experts (who are themselves regulated accountants and solicitors) to confirm that they adhere to the Codes of Compliance.
  • Pay the annual membership fee.

The full requirements for accreditation can be found on the FCSA website. The application process is typically completed within 6-8 weeks.

Here are the steps on how to become an accredited member of FCSA:

 

  1. Complete the online application form. This form will ask for information about your company, your services, and your compliance with the FCSA’s Codes of Compliance.
  2. Pay the annual membership fee. Membership fees are available upon application.
  3. Provide supporting documentation. This documentation will be used by the independent assessors to assess your compliance with the Codes of Compliance. It may include things like your company’s contracts, policies, and procedures.
  4. Undergo an independent assessment. A team of industry experts will assess your company to confirm that you meet the FCSA’s standards. This assessment will typically take place over a few days.
  5. Become an accredited member. If you are successful in your application, you will be awarded FCSA accreditation. This accreditation will be valid for one year, subject to yearly reassessment.

 

Becoming an accredited member of FCSA can be a valuable way to demonstrate your commitment to compliance and improve your reputation in the industry. It can also give you access to a range of benefits, such as:

  • The ability to use the FCSA logo on your website and marketing materials.
  • The opportunity to network with other FCSA members.
  • Access to training and resources on compliance and best practices.

If you are a service provider in the professional employment services sector, I encourage you to consider applying for FCSA accreditation. It is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to compliance and to improve your reputation in the industry.

Related FAQs

How long does it take to get re-assessed?

The re-assessment process typically takes approximately 4 months. This comprehensive evaluation ensures that your continued membership or certification meets the required compliance standards.

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