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Quality Plumber Week 2018 seeks to debate the introduction of a single mandatory License to operate a plumbing and heating business

Get involved and have your say in the debate by attending a free APHC regional seminar.

This year Quality Plumber Week (QPW) will run between 1st and 7th October with the key theme focusing on the viability of introducing a single mandatory License to operate a plumbing and heating business.

APHC would like to explore collectively the industry’s need to look at the viability of introducing a single national mandatory Licensing Scheme to provide accreditation to operate a plumbing and heating business in order to:

1. Protect public health from dangerous and non-compliant plumbing and heating work. 

2. Assist the UK in reducing its carbon emissions through work which is compliant with regulation and best practice. 

3. Provide more of a ‘level playing field’ for the bona fide plumbing and heating installer when quoting and tendering for work.

It is envisaged that a Licensing Scheme would protect and forbid anyone using a term such as ‘Licensed Plumbing Company’ or ‘Licensed Heating Company’ or ‘Licensed Plumbing & Heating Company’ unless the company and its installers are accredited and undergo a programme of continuous professional development and scheduled assessment.  However, this is open to debate and scrutiny.

Free morning seminars
APHC members and the wider industry can join the debate by attending a free half-day regional seminar, being hosted by APHC and BPEC and which includes special guest company Monument Tools who will be facilitating a practical demonstration of a range of their tools.

The half day morning seminars will run on the following dates:
2 Oct – Leicester, National Space Centre
3 Oct – Monument Tools, Surrey (includes a tour of the factory and special gift!)
4 Oct – Taunton, Bridgwater & Taunton College
5 Oct – Newport, International Suite, Newport International Sports Village
10 Oct – Chester, Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
11 Oct – Leeds, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa

There will be opportunity to ask questions and debate, with the running order being as follows:

09.00: Guests Arrive, Tea & Coffee
09.25: Welcome & Introduction to Quality Plumber Week
09.30: Presentation 1: APHC – License to operate a plumbing and heating business
10.00: Feedback Workshop
10.30: Presentation 2: BPEC – Individual Competence Framework to operate a Licensed plumbing and heating business
11.00: Feedback Workshop
11.30: Break, Tea & Coffee
11: 45: Presentation 3: Monument Tools - Practical Demonstration
12.15: Presentation 4: BPEC – Plumbing Technician Apprenticeship Update
12.30: Close (Lunch provided at Leicester and Monument Tools)

Mini supplier expo - 2 October Leicester
On the 2 October, we will be at The National Space Centre in Leicester where there will also be a number of our Supplier Member manufacturers who will be showcasing their latest products and innovations. Plus attending the Leicester event also provides free entry into the main centre to enjoy the full space centre experience.

For further information or to book your place on one of the free APHC regional seminars, please contact or phone 0121 711 5030.


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