The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) are calling for plumbing and heating contractors to join them to discuss the possibility of a Compulsory Licence to operate a plumbing business.
The APHC is inviting plumbing and heating engineers to attend a free half-day workshop to review possible framework proposals and to provide opinion and ideas on a Compulsory Licensing Scheme.
The free workshops are being hosted by APHC and BPEC and include special guest company Monument Tools who will be facilitating a practical demonstration of a range of their tools.
Leading suppliers will also be exhibiting at the launch event in Leicester. Currently, confirmed companies include Altecnic, BPEC, Monument Tools, Simpro Software, Spirotech and Testo.
APHC believe that a Licensing Scheme should protect and forbid anyone using a term such as ‘Licensed Plumbing Company’ or ‘Licensed Heating Company’ or ‘Licensed Plumbing & Heating Company’ unless the company and its installers are accredited and undergo a programme of continuous professional development and scheduled assessment.
However, APHC would like to open this up to debate and scrutiny and are calling for plumbing and heating engineers to have a say.
John Thompson, CEO of APHC, said: “We want to discuss the rights and wrongs of such a scheme, how it could fit within the current framework of legislation and existing competence schemes, how it could be enforced, funded and promoted, what could the membership criteria look like, how would competence be measured, how could it work for new entrants, existing installers and those installers with many years’ worth of experience but who don’t hold an official qualification – just to mention a handful of discussion points.”
The half-day workshops will run between 9am and 12pm on:
- 2nd Oct – Leicester, which includes an Expo of leading industry suppliers and manufacturers
- 3rd Oct – Surrey, hosted at Monument Tools and includes a factory tour
- 4th Oct – Taunton
- 5th Oct – Newport
- 10th Oct – Chester
- 11th Oct – Leeds
APHC will also be speaking about the viability of a single mandatory Licensing Scheme at PHEX Manchester (3rd – 4th October), plus there will be open debate on social media during Quality Plumber Week (1st – 7th October) via the hashtag #QPW18 on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
For further information or to book a place on one of the free APHC regional workshops, contact APHC on firstname.lastname@example.org / 0121 711 5030.