Believe in the Code

CIPHE member

In Consumer Advice, Professionalism

Did you know that all CIPHE members agree to abide by the Code of Professional Standards on signing up in membership? From Trainees to Fellows (and everyone in-between), all are supported by the Code that serves to keep plumbing and heating standards high to safeguard the public health.

Whilst to some, undertaking such a promise may sound a bit scary, the reality is that good tradespeople naturally undertake the points laid out in the Code daily. The Code literally puts the unwritten rules of being a competent and honest tradesperson into stone, which, when packaged up with CIPHE membership, allows the general public to identify professional plumbing and heating industry tradespeople.

Whilst at work, each individual member of the Institute agrees to:

1. Perform professionally, competently and responsibly

Carry out their own work or supervise the work of others with due regard to technical quality, appropriate insurance cover* and the interests of employers, employees and clients; communicating and performing to an acceptable standard; and with a duty of care to employers, employees and clients.

2. Safeguard the environment and public health and safety

Take all reasonable care to avoid damaging the environment or creating any danger of death, injury or ill-health to any person or damage to property.

3. Comply with all relevant laws, regulations, standards and codes

Work in accordance with the relevant statutory requirements and conform to the appropriate European and British Standards Codes of Practice. In the case of Fellows and Members registered with the Engineering Council UK, also conforming to that Council’s Codes of Professional Practice.

4. Broaden, improve and maintain their skills, knowledge and personal qualities

Keep up-to-date with developments in the plumbing mechanical engineering services industry by attending and participating in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and other relevant training activities.

5. Uphold the dignity, standing and reputation of the Institute and the plumbing mechanical engineering services industry

Act professionally and adopt a form of behaviour and appearance that will not cause offence or embarrassment to others. To maintain the Institute’s good name and that of the industry generally, members in the course of their work are expected to act professionally and adopt a form of behaviour and appearance that will not cause offence or embarrassment to others.

6. Abide by the Code of Professional Standards

Accept responsibilities as a member to comply and co-operate with the Institute in the operation of its disciplinary procedures and any investigation that may occur as a result.

So, if you already do these things and want professional recognition for it, check out the join CIPHE section, email or phone 01708 463116.

* Where appropriate to insure against Legal Liability for injury or disease to their employees as defined by the Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 and to protect the public by Insuring against Legal Liability by purchasing Public/Products Liability Insurance, with a minimum indemnity of £2,000,000.