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Membership Categories

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


Currently studying for an approved academic qualification in a plumbing or heating discipline at an accredited training centre.


Has attained either Level 2 Technical Certificate in Basic Plumbing Studies or full NVQ Level 2 but holds insufficient practical experience.


Holds full NVQ Level 2 plus relevant post-qualification experience or City & Guilds Craft Certificate (three years minimum experience required including one year post-NVQ). Or no formal qualifications but extensive practical experience supported by references, or where necessary an assessment through a Professional Standards Inspection.

Member (MCIPHE)

Holds a full NVQ Level 3 or City & Guilds Advanced Craft Certificate with appropriate practical experience (five years minimum experience required). Or City & Guilds Craft Certificate plus extensive practical experience and sufficient professional development (i.e. Water Regulations/Oftec/manufacturer's training courses).

Fellow (FCIPHE)

The highest category of individual membership. Applicants will be employed in a senior managerial position (i.e. consultant, specialist, technical manager) and will be registered with the Engineering Council as EngTech, IEng or CEng. A Fellow must provide evidence of advancing the cause of the CIPHE or the wider plumbing and heating industry.

Further information regarding the criteria for this category of membership is available through the CIPHE Membership Department.


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

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.