Competent Persons Scheme - full list with works remit

26/07/2019
There are numerous types of home improvement project, ranging from replacing double-glazed windows to installing hot water and heating systems and some not only require planning permission and building control sign-off, but also possibly employing someone who is a member of a Competent Person Scheme.

A Competent Person Scheme is as it sounds - it's an organisation of members with professionally qualified members who focus on a particular area or areas of building-related work and one where:

  • Potential members must be trained and examined to a sufficiently high standard in order to carry out real, practical work
  • The training and examination is kept 'up-to-date' and standards are regularly updated - this often means that existing practitioners have to be reexamined from time to time
  • The Government has to approve, through various Government departments and finally the Competent Persons Register, the competency of any particular scheme
  • Individual practising members have to keep up-to-date not only in passing any necessary exams but also in passing any spot checks which might be imposed from time-to-time and they have normally have to pay annual fees
  • Each Competent Person Scheme must carry very large sums of public liability insurance in the event of mistakes and disasters
A huge advantage for consumers is that in many cases, a Competent Person from such a scheme can carry out a particular project from start to finish and can themselves all the requirements of planning permission and building control and can sign work off. This undoubtedly saves time and money.

This article is in two parts:



If you wish to have you building control undertaken by you Local Authority Building Control Body contact your Local Authority.

If you wish to have you building control undertaken by an Approved Inspector you can find a register of them at this weblink:



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    What types of work are covered by Competent Person Schemes?

Type of Work

Competent Person Scheme covering

Installation of cavity wall insulation:
Blue Flame, Certass, Certsure, CIGA, NAPIT, STROMA
Installation of solid wall insulation:
BBA (including hybrid), Blue Flame (including hybrid), CERTASS, Certsure including hybrid), NAPIT (including hybrid), STROMA
Installation of gas applicances:
Gas Safe Register
Installation or replacement of hot water and heating systems:
APHC, Benchmark, BESCA, Blue Flame, Certsure, Gas Safe Register, HETAS, NAPIT, OFTEC and STROMA
Installation or replacement of oil-fired boilers and storage tanks:
APHC, Benchmark, BESCA, Blue Flame, Certsure, NAPIT, OFTEC, STROMA
Installation or replacement of solid fuel burners:
APHC, BESCA, Blue Flame, Certsure, HETAS, NAPIT, OFTEC, STROMA
Installation of fixed air conditioning or mechanical ventilation systems in dwellings:
BESCA, Blue Flame, Certsure, NAPIT, STROMA
Any electrical installation work in dwellings:
APHC, Benchmark, BESCA, Blue Flame, Certsure, NAPIT, OFTEC, STROMA
Electrical installation work only in association with other work in dwellings (e.g. kitchen installatoins, boiler installations):
APHC, Benchmark, BESCA, Blue Flame, Certsure, NAPIT, STROMA
Replacement windows, doors, roof windows, or roof lights in dwellings:
ASSURE, Blue Flame, BM TRADA, BSI, CERTASS, Certsure, FENSA, NAPIT, STROMA
Installation of plumbing and water supply systems and bathrooms and sanitary ware:
APHC, Benchmark, BESCA, Certsure, HETAS, NAPIT, STROMA
Replacement of roof coverings on pitched and flat roofs (not including solar panels):
CompetentRoofer, NAPIT
Installation of microgeneration or renewable technologies:
APHC, Benchmark, BESCA, BRE, Certsure, HETAS, NAPIT, OFTEC, STROMA


NB These schemes - and the schemes themselves which follow in the next section - have been listed alphabetically. This does not reflect the size of the scheme or whether the scheme specialises in dealing with a particular type of work.

Visit https://www.competentperson.co.uk/ to see if there are members in you local area who undertake the type of work that you are interested in. If you want electrical work done then you can also visit www.electricalcompletentperson.co.uk to search for members.


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    Alphabetical List of Competent Person Schemes

Competent Person Scheme (with contact details)

APHC
www.aphc.co.uk
0121 711 5030
CERTASS
www.certass.co.uk
0845 094 8025
BENCHMARK CONFIGURATION
www.benchmark-cert.co.uk
0238 0517 069
CIGA
www.cwisk.org
01525 853 300
BESCA
www.besca.org.uk
0800 652 5533
FENSA
www.fensa.co.uk
020 7645 3700
Blue Flame
www.blueflamecertification.com
0845 194 9031
Gas Safe Register
www.gassaferegister.co.uk
01525 853 300
BM Trada
www.bmtrada.com
01494 569 700
HETAS
www.hetas.co.uk
01684 278 170
British Board of Agrément (BBA)
www.bbacerts.co.uk
01923 665 386
NAPIT
www.napit.org.uk
0345 543 0330
BSI
www.kitemark.com
0845 0809 000/div>
Network VEKA (ASSURE)
www.networkveka.co.uk/div>
0800 80 00 80
Certsure LLP (trading as ELECSA)
www.elecsa.co.uk
0333 321 8220/div>
OFTEC
www.oftec.org.uk
0845 658 5080
Certsure LLP (trading as NICEIC)
www.niceic.com
0870 013 0382
STROMA
www.stroma.com
01525 853 300
Competent Roofer (NRFC)
www.competentroofer.co.uk
0207 638 7663
 

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