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Membership Categories

The CIPHE registers individuals based upon their qualifications and experience. The categories and criterion are as follows:


Studying for an accredited qualification in a plumbing or heating discipline.


Has obtained either City & Guilds Technical Certificate or NVQ Level 2 but requires further practical experience.

Associate (ACIPHE)

Holds NVQ Level 2 or City & Guilds Craft Certificate (circa. 1980) with appropriate practical experience (including 1 year post-NVQ experience) OR does not hold a formal qualification but has extensive practical experience supported by trade references and, where necessary, an inspection.

Member (MCIPHE)

Holds NVQ Level 3 or City & Guilds Advanced Craft Certificate with appropriate practical experience.

Fellow (FCIPHE)

Holds relevant qualifications with appropriate managerial experience.


Open to anyone who is connected with the plumbing and heating industry and supports the work of the CIPHE.

Current Subscriptions and Fees

Professional Standards Inspection

If an applicant is seeking enrolment into full membership but is unable to provide documentary evidence of practical competence in plumbing, we will offer an assessment inspection visit by one of our trained Professional Standards Inspectors. We charge a nominal £75 (non-refundable) to assist towards the costs for this service.

Tax Relief on Subscriptions

The whole of the CIPHE subscription is allowable for tax relief (subject to status) for members in the UK. Further details are available from the Inland Revenue.