Gas Boiler Installer Certification
Gas Boiler Installer Certification
Why it’s important to deal only with registered companies to install new or replacement gas boilers.
Any company, self-employed fitter or engineer who is concerned about customers would voluntarily register themselves to show that they were good at their job and could be trusted, however, the situation is that in the UK anyone fitting Gas & LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) Heaters or boilers must now be registered as Gas Safe®.
For anything to do with Oil Fired systems then you should deal with an OFTEC registered professional.
It’s also worth adding a few other personal preferences such as
- Does the company have a locally situated office?
- Do they do emergency call outs?
- Have they been operating with satisfied customers for several years?
- Will they happily provide local references?
- Do they offer guarantees & maintenance contracts?
Only a certified & registered person or company can provide you with the proper documentation, such as ErP labels for your appliances or system and these papers are very important if you ever wish to sell the property.
This is a very dangerous gas that can be a silent killer, and badly fitted gas boilers, or ones that have not been regularly serviced, can emit this gas without you knowing – you are literally risking yours & your familys’ life if you use an installer that is not proven competent.
- Get a Gas Safe® engineer to install any work
- Don’t block vents
- Get your boiler serviced every year
- Have a gas safety check
- Fit a Carbon Monoxide Alarm that is Audible throughout the property
- If you are a tenant the law says the landlord must give you evidence (certificate) that any gas appliance has been serviced within the last 1 year by a Gas Safe® engineer – make sure you see it!
What do Gas Safe® ask from their members?
They are the official listing of United Kingdom, Isle of Man & Guernsey gas engineers who are approved to safely (and legally) on gas appliances such as hot water boilers, gas cookers all other types of domestic products and will provide each of their registered members with a unique identity card.
It is the law that any tradesperson carrying out this type of work must be on the register and the organisation provides:
- A team of investigators to track illegal installers
- Inspections at regular intervals of their registered members
- Ongoing education to consumers in order to increase gas safety awareness
- Full investigation of unsafe work that gets reported to them
Any registered engineers must show you their ID card & you can check it to see
On the front:
- Picture of the holder
- The beginning & end date of registration
- The licence number of the person in question
- There will be security hologram on the card
On the back:
- You can see if the person qualified to carry out the work required
- You can check if his or her qualifications are up to date
OFTEC – Oil & Renewable Heating Technologies
OFTEC also run a competent person accreditation scheme for the United Kingdom & The Republic of Ireland and has around 8,000 + members currently.
It is not compulsory to be a member.
This trade body is for companies that work in the field of Oil fired, solid fuel or renewable energy heating installations together with covering electrical works under “Part P”.
They cover works such as:
- The Installation & commission of domestic oil-fired products (heating & cooking)
- Installation of heating appliances that use renewable energy (solar hot water panels)
- Oil tanks or other equipment associated with oil-fired appliances
- Works of an electrical nature (Under Part P)
- Work carried out relating to the UK Green Deal