Last edited 20 Jul 2017

Scottish building services certification schemes

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[edit] Introduction

A new building standards system for Scotland was introduced by The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 intended to improve standards and simplify the approval of design and construction for owners of buildings, verifiers (currently the local authorities) and the industry.

Competent individuals can be appointed as Approved Certifiers of Design and Approved Certifiers of Construction, which gives them the authority to certify the work they undertake as part of a building warrant is compliant with building regulations. This negates the needs for detailed scrutiny by verifiers.

[edit] How certification schemes work

A certification scheme is proposed by an industry organisation and then developed with the Scottish Government Building Standards Division, before being approved by Scottish Ministers. At least one Scheme Provider is then appointed to operate the scheme.

It is possible for any individual or firm to become a member of a scheme if they meet the relevant entry criteria. Any building professional, such as plumbers, engineers and electricians, with the appropriate experience and qualifications can join a relevant scheme as an Approved Certifier.

[edit] Types of certification scheme

There are currently five schemes that have been approved:

[edit] Register

The Scottish Government Building Standards Division hold a current list of all Approved Bodies and Approved Certifiers on a register.

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