Competent Person Schemes - CPS

Competent Person Schemes (CPS)

Stroma Certification’s UKAS accredited Competent Person Scheme (CPS) allows installers from major UK trades to self-certify their installation work in line with the Building Regulations. Homeowners and customers have immediate confidence that all installation work undertaken is compliant. CPS Certification also saves our certified installers money by avoiding costly Building Control notification fees.

Our Competent Person Scheme is DBEIS approved and accredited by UKAS in line with ISO 17065:2012.

Annual membership £255+VAT. Online notification fee £1.80
Includes membership for up to 10 operatives & assessment of 2 operatives; £50 for each additional operative assessment. Postal notifications are available at £2.50 per measure for 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 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.

Why join our CPS scheme?

Certification via an accredited Competent Person Scheme can both save you money and increase customer confidence in your work. In 2012, DCLG released a report suggesting that installers could save an average of £241 in Building Control fees through self-notifying installation work. Allied to this financial benefit is providing further assurance to your customer that you are competent and skilled enough to offer compliant installation work.

Stroma Certification is an award-winning certification provider to installers and we are committed to low cost, high value CPS certification.

Which measures/trades are covered?

Stroma 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
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
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
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

TrustMark membership is also available for specific trades for only £50+VAT.

* Only applicable to buildings under 18m in height.

Making an application for CPS

You can apply for CPS certification online from the Stroma Certification website, or speak to one of our friendly customer advisors. You can also download our members pack which includes all of the details you need to progress your application. Please be sure to read all documents relating to CPS certification carefully.

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Certification Scheme Information

Stroma Certification's Installer & GDAO Certification scheme documents are made available to the public, applicants and certified Organisations through a downloadable members pack that contains documents including the following:

  • Installer Application Form
    • To be completed for those Organisations requiring certification or alternatively the online application can be completed.
  • Scheme Handbook
    • Documents the certification scheme processes for granting, refusing, maintaining, renewing, suspending, restoring or withdrawing certification or expanding or reducing the scope of certification.
  • Impartiality Policy
    • Documents Stroma Certification's commitment to ensuring impartiality in all aspects of our certification and business activities. Further information is also available on the Consumer Advice page.
  • Complaints & Appeals Policy
    • Documents how a complaint or appeal can be notified to Stroma Certification and how it will be dealt with. Further information is also available on the Consumer Advice page.
  • Support Policy
    • Documents the means by which Stroma Certification can be contacted concerning Installer & GDAO certification and other business related activities.
  • ID Photograph Requirements
    • Documents the format and structure needed for photos to be used to produce the applicable certification ID card.
  • Privacy Policy
    • Documents Stroma’s commitment and procedures for ensuring that the personal data collected and used in our certification and business activities is in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements. Further information is also available on the Data Protection page.

If you are unclear on any aspect of the certification process please contact Stroma Certification by emailing or telephone 01977 665 420.

We will also need to see copies of relevant documents, qualifications and insurance cover.

How do I self-notify work 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 printed and posted 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. The certificate will be posted 7 days after the notification is made and once Building Control have been notified.

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

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 also 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 Stroma Certification’s regular checks and standards

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