Have been an installer for 31 years now, I took and passed all 5 NICF Master Fitter Exams in 2007-2009, stopped paying my subscription in 2004 as I was too busy to do fit only work. Just re-applied and after checking with the NICF President have been informed they're no longer valid and I would need to do them again! I paid around £750 for the exams plus 5 days off of work and a 200 mile round trip to the FITA centre on each visit so am really disappointed to treated like this. It appears if you have a break from you're no longer qualified. I was proud to be an NICF Master Fitter and the achievement of passing all five so this feels like a kick in the teeth. My school GCSE's, driving licence and trade NVQ's qualifications are apparently still valid which is a relief, WTF !!