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Accolades for Hoffman Digital Installations Limited

Hoffman Digital Installations Limited is accredited with the prestigious, Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) "Plus" scheme award. The Confederation of Aerial Industries is the regulatory body for the Aerial and Satellite Industry. The CAI is committed to raising standards within the industry and the criteria for being a member is extremely high. The CAI Plus membership was launched to create a higher membership category. Membership to the scheme provides confidence to both the government and the public, in the ability and quality of the CAI Plus installing members. All CAI Plus members have to comply with strict Codes of Practice, which incorporate technical, commercial, and safety practices.

To achieve the CAI Plus status, Hoffman Digital Installations Limited demonstrated that their engineers are:

  • Formally trained, regulated to a high standard and are professional in their conduct.
  • That they have obtained a satisfactory Criminal Records (CRB) check.

  • That they hold certification providing liability insurance - Employers liability and public/tradesman's liability.
  • That they hold certification proving Working Safely at Heights course has been completed.
  • The company also had to provide evidence of QA procedures, conformity to the Codes of Practice, quality of installations, the quality of tools, meters and safety equipment.

Registered Digital Installer (RDI)

Gary was the very first aerial engineer to have completed the required university course through a Scottish University to enable him to be a member of the Registered Digital Installer (RDI) scheme which allows him to display the familiar pink digital tick logo (See Digital Tick & RDI in Useful Information Page). It is law that anyone displaying the logo also displays their identification number.

Business Zone Digital Switchover produces first successful candidate!

The following is an extract from Clydebank College Business Prospectus, which details the success of Gary Hoffman being the first engineer in Scotland to complete the Registered Digital Installer qualification.


Clydebank College, who last year became the first Centre in Scotland to gain accreditation to offer the qualifications necessary to become a registered digital installer, has just certificated its first successful candidate through City and Guilds.


The government's decision to switch over from analogue to digital television transmission nationwide by 2012 has resulted in the need for aerial installers to update their skills. Clydebank College is one of the few accredited centres to provide the necessary qualifications and currently the only Centre in Scotland.


Gary Hoffman of 'Hoffman Digital Installations Limited' came to the college last year to complete his NVQ following advice from the Registered Digital Installer (RDI) professional licensing body. The public are currently being advised by the Government to use aerial installers who are accredited under the Registered Digital Installer scheme which acts as a quality assurance kite-mark for installers. Part of the criteria for becoming a Registered Digital Installer is to have completed NVQ Level 2 or 3 in 'Electrical and Electronic Servicing – Signal Reception Path Way' awarded by City and Guilds.


Company Director, Gary Hoffman said, 'The college's support has been fantastic and everyone has been very helpful. As a family run business, established in 1992, I feel it is important for my customers to have the peace of mind that they are dealing with a professional firm that takes accreditation seriously.'


Patrick Padden, Business Development Manager at Clydebank College said 'We are delighted that Gary Hoffman is our first candidate to achieve this qualification. He worked extremely hard and has shown great determination throughout.'


To undertake the qualification candidates must be working in the field of aerial installation and possess an awareness of television aerial and system installations. Candidates also have to be aware of health and safety such as working at heights and customer care and be able to recognise and operate digital television related test and measurement equipment to a level acceptable in the workplace.

Gary Hoffman completes his EAL Assessors A1 Qualification enabling him to assess other aerial engineers within the industry.

Gary Hoffman takes his record of continued professional development to another level. In conjunction with the awards body EAL and Clydebank College, Gary was the very first candidate to complete his A1 Assessor Qualification through a Scottish University to enable him to become an assessor within the television reception industry.


Achieving this certification will allow Gary to take his company in a new direction, the company will now be able to assess other would be aerial companies/installers who are wanting to achieve an NVQ qualification.





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