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Competent Persons

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These were introduced to enable individual trades people to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations. This is an alternative to submitting a building regulations application.

Various trade bodies have taken responsibility for registering competent persons who meet the standards of work and competencies required in their technical area. Registration in these schemes, with the exception of CORGI, is not compulsory. However, if work is undertaken by a person who is not registered, it is necessary to submit a building regulations application.

A variety of schemes exist covering many aspects of the Building Regulations:

When someone has undertaken notifiable work in accordance with one of these schemes, the competent person via the scheme provider gives evidence to both the owner and Local Authority that the work complies with the relevant regulation(s) within 30 days of completing the work.

Below is a list of existing competent person schemes:


Replacement windows and doors


Installation of replacement windows, rooflights, roof windows or doors in an existing dwelling.

British Standards Institution (BSI)

www.bsi-global.com  External Hyperlink
01442 278607


CERTASS Limited

www.certass.co.uk  External Hyperlink
01292 266636


FENSA (Fenestration Self Assessment Scheme)

www.fensa.co.uk  External Hyperlink
0870 780 2028


Heat producing gas appliances and associated heating and hot water systems


Installation of a heat producing gas appliance which has a rated heat output of 100 kilowatts or less and is installed in a building with no more than three storeys (excluding any basement) or in a dwelling. Installation of heating or hot water service systems connected to heat producing gas appliances or associated controls.


CORGI Services Limited

www.trustcorgi.com  External Hyperlink
0870 401 2300

Combustion appliances - oil

Installation of:

  1. an oil fired combustion appliance, which has a rated heat output of 100 kilowatts or less, and which is installed in a building with no more than three storeys (excluding any basement) or in a dwelling
  2. oil storage tanks and the pipes connecting them to combustion appliances
  3. heating and or hot water service systems connected to an oil fired combustion appliance.


APHC (Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (Certification) Limited

www.aphc.co.uk  External Hyperlink
02476 470 626


Building Engineering Services Competence Accreditation (BESCA Limited)

www.hvca.org.uk External Hyperlink / www.besca.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0800 652 5533


NAPIT Registration Ltd

www.napit.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0345 543 0330


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association Limited)

www.oftec.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0845 658 5080


Combustion appliances - solid fuel


Installation of:

  1. Solid fuel burning combustion appliance which has a rated heat output of 50 kilowatts or less, which is installed in a building with no more than three storeys (excluding any basement) or
  2. Heating and hot water service systems connected to a solid fuel burning appliance.


APHC (Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (Certification) Limited

www.aphc.co.uk  External Hyperlink
02476 470 626


Building Engineering Services Competence Accreditation (BESCA Limited)

www.hvca.org.uk External Hyperlink / www.besca.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0800 652 5533


HETAS Ltd (Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme)

www.hetas.co.uk  External Hyperlink
01462 634721


NAPIT Registration Ltd

www.napit.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0345 543 0330


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


Electrical safety in dwellings


(a) Full competence schemes

BRE Certification Limited

www.partp.co.uk External Hyperlink / www.redbooklive.com  External Hyperlink
01923 664100


British Standards Institution (BSI)

www.kitemarktoday.com External Hyperlink / www.bsi-global.com  External Hyperlink
01442 278607


ELECSA Limited

www.elecsa.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0870 749 0080


NAPIT Registration Limited

www.napit.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0345 543 0330


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


(b) Defined competence schemes


These schemes are designed primarily for those who do electrical installation work as an adjunct to or in connection with their primary work activities - for example, gas installations, plumbing, kitchen or bathroom fitting, heating installation, security systems.

APHC (Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (Certification) Limited

www.aphc.co.uk  External Hyperlink
02476 470 626


CORGI Services Limited

www.trustcorgi.com  External Hyperlink
0870 401 2300


ELECSA Limited

www.elecsa.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0870 749 0080


NAPIT Registration Ltd (National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers)

www.napit.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0345 543 0330


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association Limited)

www.oftec.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0845 658 5080


Plumbing, heating systems and hot water service systems (non dwellings)


Installation of a heating, hot water service system, mechanical ventilation or air conditioning system, or associated controls in a building other than a dwelling.

Building Engineering Services Competence Accreditation (BESCA Limited)

www.hvca.org.uk External Hyperlink / www.besca.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0800 652 5533


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


Plumbing, heating systems and hot water service systems (dwellings)


Installation of a heating or hot water service system or associated controls in a dwelling.

APHC (Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (Certification) Limited

www.aphc.co.uk  External Hyperlink
02476 470 626


Building Engineering Services Competence Accreditation (BESCA Limited)

www.hvca.org.uk External Hyperlink / www.besca.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0800 652 5533


CORGI Services Limited

www.trustcorgi.com  External Hyperlink
0870 401 2300


NAPIT Registration Limited

www.napit.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0345 543 0330


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


Ventilation and air conditioning (dwellings)


Installation of an air conditioning or ventilation system in an existing dwelling which does not involve work on systems shared with other dwellings.

CORGI Services Limited

www.trustcorgi.com  External Hyperlink
0870 401 2300


NAPIT Registration Ltd

www.napit.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0345 543 0330


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


Ventilation and air conditioning (non dwellings)


Installation of a heating, hot water service, mechanical ventilation or air conditioning system, or associated controls, in a building other than a dwelling.

Building Engineering Services Competence Accreditation (BESCA Limited)

www.hvca.org.uk External Hyperlink / www.besca.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0800 652 5533


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


Ventilation and air conditioning (commercial kitchens)


Installation of a commercial kitchen ventilation system which does not involve work on systems shared with parts of the building occupied separately.

CORGI Services Limited

www.trustcorgi.com  External Hyperlink
0870 401 2300


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


Lighting systems, electric heating systems and associated controls


Installation of a lighting system or electric heating system or associated electric controls.

ECA Limited

www.eca.co.uk  External Hyperlink
020 013 4800


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com  External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


Air-Pressure testing of buildings


British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT Limited):
ATTMA (Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association) is the part of BINDT which will carry out the testing.

www.attma.org  External Hyperlink
01604 630124


Sanitary conveniences, washing facilities or bathrooms in a dwelling


Installation of a sanitary convenience, washing facility or bathroom in a dwelling which does not involve work on shared or underground drainage.

APHC (Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (Certification) Limited

www.aphc.co.uk External Hyperlink
02476 470 626


CORGI Services Limited

www.trustcorgi.com  External Hyperlink
0870 401 2300


NAPIT Registration Ltd

www.napit.org.uk  External Hyperlink
0345 543 0330


NICEIC Group Ltd

www.niceic.com External Hyperlink
0870 013 0382


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