Last edited 20 Jun 2014

Competent person self-certifications schemes

The building regulations set out legal requirements for specific aspects of building work and the notification procedures that must be followed when starting, carrying out, and completing building work. In England, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is responsible for the Building Regulations.

The building regulations require that a project’s compliance with the regulations is independently verified. Building Control Bodies (BCB’s) are responsible for checking building work to verify that it complies with the regulations. Building Control Bodies may be:

However, ‘Competent person self-certifications schemes’ (or ‘competent person schemes’) introduced in 2002 allow registered installers who are competent in their field to self-certify certain types of building work. For example, air-tightness testing, plumbing and heating installers, electrical installers, cavity wall insulation installers and so on. The current schemes are listed on the website.

Competent person schemes should make approval faster and cheaper, as there are no building regulations inspections or fees.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is in charge of authorising competent person schemes. To ensure standards are consistent, there are rules that scheme operators must follow. Ref DCLG, Building regulations: competent person self-certification schemes - conditions of authorisation from 6 June 2012.

Schemes have different application processes, rules and fees, however, to be registered with a competent person scheme, installers need to demonstrate that they meet the relevant minimum technical competence (MTC) requirements and there are then ongoing inspections every 2 years.

NB ‘Common’ MTC requirements can also apply to Green Deal installers and installers registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

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