APHC (Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors) has announced that from 1April, it will offer Gas Safe registered engineers the facility to report their gas work. In line with Gas Safe Registers promise to reduce overall costs, APHC will be offering notifications from just £1.50. The announcement coincides with the launch of the new gas registration scheme in Great Britain, Gas Safe Register.
APHC is the only scheme able to offer Plumbing Systems, Gas, Oil, Solid Fuel, Part P Defined Scope, Renewable Systems and Water Regulations in one place. This gives a qualified plumbing, heating or gas installation engineer a simple, low cost place to report all relevant Building and Water Regulations. APHCs Chief Executive, Clive Dickin, says this is a hugely significant development: "This is something the industry has needed for a long time and I am delighted that we are working closely with Gas Safe Register in order to make it happen.
Plumbing,heating and gas installation engineers who are also registered with Gas Safe Register will no longer need to be members of several competent persons schemes; they can report all notifiable areas of work with APHC. Additionally this is a full pound cheaper per notification than the previous incumbent and can be done in one visit to one website. "This scheme is available to non-APHC members and does not require any added registration prior to use. To ensure the industry has as smooth a transition as possible, Gas Safe registered engineers are able to join for less than £25.00 per month and continue to notify at one location."
Plumbing, heating and gas installation engineers can now notify with APHC against: Part J heat producing appliances (gas, oil and solid fuel)Part L energy efficiency in buildingsPart P Defined Scope electrical Part G plumbing appliances Part H waste waterWater RegulationsRenewable Systems APHC is offering anyone who is currently a CORGI Competent Persons Scheme member a reduced rate of £250 for the first year in order to be able to notify additional building regulations notifiable works. Andy Stoll, Gas Safe Register's head of strategy and policy, commented: "Gas Safe Register is pleased to be working with APHC and other organisations to help deal with the industrys need for a simple and cost-effective system for reporting building regulations work."Both members and non-members will be able to notify their gas work as long as they are competent to do so and are registered with Gas Safe Register, although all other notifications may only be done by APHC CP Scheme members.
Graham Beevers, APHCs President, adds: "This new, cost-effective offering reduces the cost and administration burden to the industry. I would encourage all in the industry to continue to notify and ensure that the risk model developed by Gas Safe Register is a great success." Existing gas competent members of APHCs CP Scheme will be able to start notifying gas work from 1 April (as long as they are also registered with Gas Safe Register). To make notifications visit www.aphc.co.uk/notifications or call 024 7647 0626.