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Competent Person Schemes

Competent person schemes (CPS) were introduced by the Government to allow individuals and businesses to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations, as an alternative to notification to the local authority or using an approved inspector.

The principles of the self-certification process are built upon allowing experienced/competent persons operating in their field to certify themselves that their work complies with the building regulations.  The Communities and Local Government website has produced a detailed guide to help you to identify the work carried out by a competent person scheme installer.

Click here for more information about competent person schemes related to building services engineering:

  • Heat-producing gas appliances (combustion appliances oil or solid fuel)
  • Electrical safety in dwellings
  • Plumbing, heating systems and hot water service systems (non dwellings)
  • Heating systems and hot water service systems (dwellings)
  • Ventilation and air conditioning (non-dwellings)
  • Ventilation and air conditioning (dwellings)
  • Ventilation and air conditioning (commercial kitchens)
  • Lighting systems, electric heating systems and associated controls
  • Sanitary conveniences, washing facilities or bathrooms in a dwelling

Competent person schemes reduce the need to notify and incur costs from the local authority in the act of inspecting works carried out, and assist local authorities with the enforcement of the building regulations, which has already resulted in a number of prosecutions and fines (£16,000 in one case alone). 

Becoming a member of a CPS

The Building Regulations Competent Person Schemes have set minimum technical competence requirements for each type of work where scheme membership is available. You will need to be able to demonstrate that your skills meet these minimum requirements.  

For more information

The Government has compiled a list of current existing competent person schemes - for more information visit the link below:

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