Competent Person Scheme (CPS)

What is a Competent Person Scheme?

Competent Person Schemes provide certification to installers across many different building trades allowing them to self-certify their work. UKAS (the United Kingdom Accreditation Service) allows accredited organisations, such as Stroma Installer Certification, to run a CPS for different types of installation work or measures.

The advantage to being a certified Competent Person is the opportunity to save money. Instead of paying costly fees for Building Control approval, CPS installers self-certify their installations – which can also pass on savings to a customer or homeowner.

A Competent Person certification is awarded to the business, not to an individual installer. Approval is gained through an independent audit of company procedures against Building Regulation requirements, followed by examination of a relevant recent installation.

Which measures/trades are covered?

Stroma Installer Certification has been authorised to run Competent Person Schemes for the following measures or types of work:

Building Regulations (Schedule 3) row number Type of Work Relevant Trade
2 Installation of:
a. an oil-fired combustion appliance; or
b. oil storage tanks and the pipes connecting them to combustion appliances. This paragraph does not apply to the provision of a masonry chimney
Oil
3 Installation of a solid fuel burning combustion appliance other than a biomass appliance. This paragraph does not apply to the provision of a masonry chimney Solid Fuel
4 Installation of a heating or hot water system, or its associated controls Heating
5 Installation of a mechanical ventilation or air conditioning system or associated controls, in a building other than a dwelling, that does not involve work on a system shared with parts of the building occupied separately Air Conditioning and Ventilation
6 Installation of an air conditioning or ventilation system in a dwelling, that does not involve work on a system shared with other dwellings Air Conditioning and Ventilation
7 Installation of an energy efficient lighting system or electric heating system , or associated electrical controls, in buildings other than dwellings Electrical
(Commercial)
8 Installation of fixed low or extra-low voltage electrical installations in dwellings Electrical
(Part P)
9 Installation of fixed low or extra-low voltage electrical installations in dwellings, as a necessary adjunct to or arising out of other work being carried out by the registered person Electrical
(Part P)
10 Installation, as a replacement, of a window, rooflight, roof window or door in an existing dwelling* Doors & Windows
11 Installation, as a replacement, of a window, rooflight, roof window or door in an existing building other than a dwelling. This paragraph does not apply to glass which is load bearing or structural or which forms part of glazed curtain walling or a revolving door* Doors & Windows
12 Installation of a sanitary convenience, sink, washbasin, bidet, fixed bath, shower or bathroom in a dwelling, which does not involve work on shared or underground drainage Plumbing
13 Installation of a wholesome cold water supply or a softened wholesome cold water supply Plumbing
14 Installation of a supply of non-wholesome water to a sanitary convenience fitted with a flushing device, that does not involve work on shared or underground drainage Plumbing
15 Installation in a building of a system to produce electricity, heat or cooling – a) by microgeneration; or b) from renewable sources:
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Biomass
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Solar PV
  • Solar thermal
Renewables
17 Insertion of insulating material into the cavity walls of an existing building* Building fabrics
18 Installation of insulating material to the internal walls of a building, not including the installation of flexible thermal linings Building fabrics
19 Installation of insulating material to the external walls of a building, not including insulation of demountable-clad buildings* Building fabrics
20 Installation of insulation material to the external and internal walls of a building (“hybrid insulation”), not including insulation of demountable-clad buildings, and not including the installation of flexible thermal linings* Building fabrics

Please refer to the CPS website for guidance on all CPS application standards

* Only applicable to buildings under 18m in height.




Self Certification under CPS

All notifications for CPS are completed through our online Installer Portal – a web portal created for all our installer members. Once work has been notified, a certificate of works will be provided to your client based on the details provided to us. In the event incorrect details are provided the member will be asked to re-notify and incur an additional notification fee.

CPS certification covers the installation, not the design. A CPS notification confirms that the work conforms to all relevant Building regulation requirements (from Part A to R).

Assessment for CPS

The assessment procedure for our Competent Person Scheme includes an office assessment and on site assessment. The office assessment includes a review of your company’s policies and procedures, whilst the on site assessment will involve our assessor checking a relevant installation. Your assessment will be reviewed on an annual basis to maintain your certification.

In order to maintain your CPS certification, you will need to:

  • Ensure that your operatives have the correct level of competency (i.e. hold relevant qualifications and adhere to the certification standards)
  • Demonstrate adherence to relevant technical and safety standards
  • Demonstrate high standards of professionalism and best practice
  • Adhere to regular checks and standards


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