The Registered Digital Installer Licencing Body (RDI-LB) was created in 2005 as a collaboration between industry, sector skills, further education bodies and government. The organisation was launched as a community interest company. It's principle activity to 2008 focussed on forming a database of qualified, security checked, insured and safe digital TV installers. For a sector that had no formal qualification or recognised 'benchmarking' this was a first and those engineers meeting the Body's criteria were given a license to practice their trade under the governments Digital Switchover Certification Mark (then known as the Pink Tick).
At the start of the UK's digital TV switchover (DSO) programme in 2008 approximately 250 qualified installers were listed on the register and another 250 were undergoing NVQ level 2 training or assessment. By the end of 2011 more than 3,000 installers had met the RDI-LB's criteria for membership. The scheme successfully provided enough high quality installers to handle DSO work including the BBC's consumer help scheme in every UK region.
The Digital Switchover scheme completed in October 2012 with the final region being Northern Ireland. With this in mind in 2010 the RDI-LB Board of Directors set in motion a review to evaluate whether other 'digital spectrum' areas such as in home connectivity, smart home automation, broadband, security, smart metering, commercial installations and other digital accessibility, could be brought under the wing of the Body, with a much wider need to deliver a platform of available and relevant training, training that would have to be linked to both industry and employer needs within the constantly evolving digital industry arena, this coupled with the certainty of innovative projects such as 4G, 5G, superfast broadband, it became clear that the Body would swiftly outgrow confines of being simply a registration Body. In 2011 the RDI_LB responded and proposed replacing the pink tick certification with a new more relevant 'blue tick' mark as a replacement in September 2012.
Through various consultations and strong feedback from Government, education, trade bodies, RDI-LB members and the wider community it became clear the RDI-LB had support to develop under a new remit. Continuing the strong consumer interaction and promotion of qualified installers or engineers was considered to be at the heart of activities moving forward. This combined with working far more closely with industry sectors, government, and members to help shape and define standards moving forwards. In 2012 the possibility to continue the successes of the RDI-LB in a broader scope was realised with the formation of the new RDI.
It is the Mission of the RDI to provide its members, affiliates and partners with access to training and skills development to fulfil their wants and needs, provide access and influence to relevant industrial, governmental and regulatory bodies, promote high levels of workmanship, safety and customer support; and provide relevant services to help promote, develop and grow their businesses. We promise that our friendly and professional team will always aim to inspire, educate and problem-solve for its members, whilst sticking to its core values of trust and strong governance.