Registered Heating Professional
The creation of the Register of Heating Professionals is in direct response to growing industry concern about the number of unqualified installers passing themselves off as heating engineers without the qualifications to carry out the plumbing side of the installation. It will be a voluntary register covering all types of heating from gas, oil and solid fuel to renewable technologies such as solar, geothermal and ground source pumps. To register, installers must hold the appropriate statutory registrations (eg Gas Safe if offering to install gas heating installations) in addition to the following plumbing and water safety qualifications:
• Formal Qualification/Appropriate Experience in Heating Engineering:
City and Guilds Advanced Craft NVQ Level 3
Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services NVQ
Heating/ Heating and Ventilation
To be eligible to register installers must hold registration relation to their own field of specialisation:
• Gas: Gas Safe Registration – Central Heating related (e.g. boilers)
Accepted Registration Body: Gas Safe Register
• Oil: Appropriate Registration – Central Heating related (e.g. boilers)
Accepted Registration Bodies: OFTEC, APHC, BESCA, NAPIT, NICEIC
• Solid Fuel: Solid Fuel Registration (e.g. HETAS) – Central Heating related (e.g. boilers)
Accepted Registration Bodies: HETAS, APHC, BESCA, NAPIT, NICEIC
• Plus Continuing Professional Development, including evidence of:
Energy Efficiency Certificate
Controls training (e.g. Honeywell wiring)
Boiler Manufacturers training courses
Central Heating fault finding and rectification training
Underfloor heating training
Renewables Certificates (Heat Pumps, Biomass, etc).
The CIPHE has held the Register of Plumbers for over 100 years. It changed its name in 2004 to include heating and since that time has held responsibility for both the plumbing and heating industries. Under the Charter granted in 2008 it has been given the right to set up and manage registers for all aspects of the plumbing and heating engineering industry throughout the UK.
Members of the public will be able to search the Register of Plumbers to find Registered Heating Professionals by postcode online at www.ciphe.org.co.uk or by telephoning the Institute on 01708 472791.
There is also a facility for concerned customers to verify an installer’s registration details in case of doubt. Click here to visit the verify page.