Competent Person Schemes (CPS)
Stroma Certification Ltd. is licensed by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to run Competent Person Schemes (CPS) that ensure certified operatives can perform to a reputable high standard, provide appropriate warranties and can carry out design, installation and issue self-certification for compliance with the Building Regulations for:
- Installation of Microgeneration and Renewable Technologies
- Heating and Hot Water Systems
- Part P Installation of fixed low or extra low voltage electrical installations
Installations carried out by a non-registered person will have no evidence of compliance. As a result a building notice or full plans application must be submitted incurring additional Building Control fees for inspection and approval.
Stroma Certification’s CPS offers you the optimal approved membership scheme run for the members’ benefit, for example:
- All member's; details shall be advertised openly to promote their services
- All scheme profit shall be re-invested for the benefit of scheme members
- Scheme annual accounts are provided to all members to ensure transparency
- Competitively priced membership fees, warranty and assessment provision
- Straightforward application process
- Free of charge software solutions that streamline and automate the self-certification and archiving process
- Training development and technical research based on a continuing professional development (CPD) principle
- Access to a free of charge technical support helpline, manned by competent experts
- Access to a dedicated members’ website
The UK is committed to meeting EU targets of producing 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Achieving these targets could provide £100 billion worth of investment opportunities and up to half a million jobs in the renewable energy sector by 2020. The UK's renewable energy strategy, driven by legislation aims for 12% of the heat/energy supply to come from renewable sources such as:
- Ground source heat pumps
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels
- Solar thermal panels
Stroma run a DCLG approved CPS scheme for the above microgeneration technologies, along with a correlating and UKAS approved Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
- Connected to a heat producing gas appliance
- Connected to an oil-fired combustion appliance
- Connected to a solid fuel appliance
- Connected a an electric heat source
- Electric heating system in dwellings
- Electric heating system on buildings other than dwellings
Stroma run a DCLG approved CPS scheme for the above heating and hot water system definitions, along with a correlating and UKAS approved Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).
As a result of changes to Part P of the Building Regulations, local Building Control must now be notified of a significant proportion of electrical works carried out on residential property throughout England and Wales, and a certificate of compliance must be issued to the homeowner. Once Part P qualified, electrical installers can join Stroma’s Government approved Part P competent persons scheme. Registration will necessitate an on-site inspection of wiring and testing work to ensure competence.
During the inspection, the installer must produce reference manuals, a BPEC Part P full scope certificate and a multi-function electrical tester, which is compliant with the requirements of the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations.
Stroma run a DCLG approved Competent Person Schemes, within residential and non-residential properties for the Installation of fixed low or extra low voltage electrical installations.
Responsible department: Department for Communities and Local Government
Sub-standard electrical installation work kills.
Part P of the Building Regulations protect consumers having electrical installation work in their homes from poor workmanship. For more information on Part P see http://www.esc.org.uk/public/guides-and-advice/building-regulations/.
Since Part P was introduced there has been
- a 17.5% reduction in domestic fires attributable to mains wiring faults
- nearly 20,000 more electrician electrical contractors are having their competence assessed and samples of their work checked regularly
- a reduction in the number of unregulated persons undertaking electrical work
In addition it is easier for householders to identify competent electrical installers!
Please sign the following petitions to keep this important piece of regulation and keep the cowboy electricians out of your homes!
CPS- How to qualify