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Competent Person schemes (CPSs) were introduced by the UK Government to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the building regulations as an alternative to making a building regulations application.

A Competent Person must be registered with a scheme that has been approved by MHCLG (Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government). Schemes authorised by the MHCLG are listed on its website.

An installer registered with a Competent Person scheme is qualified to carry out specific types of work in accordance with building regulations and should both notify the local authority of the work and issue you a certificate of compliance with building regulations either directly or through their scheme operator.

If you don't receive a certificate within 30 days of completion contact the Competent Person Scheme operator that your installer is registered with and they may be able to help you resolve this. A Competent Person can only self-certify within the scope of their registration scheme.

N.B. the local authority can't issue a completion certificate until they're in receipt of the Competent Person's certificate.

List of Competent Person Schemes

APHC - Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors

Assure - Assure Certification Scheme

BBA - The British Board of Agrément Solid Wall Insulation

BESCA - Building Engineering Services Competence Assessment Ltd

BFC - Blue Flame Certification Ltd

CERTASS - CERTASS Ltd

CIGA - The Cavity Wall Insulation Self Certification Scheme CWISC

ELECSA - trading as Certsure LLP

FENSA - FENSA Ltd

Gas Safe Register

HETAS - HETAS Ltd

NAPIT

NFRC - National Federation of Roofing Contractors Ltd

OFTEC

STROMA - Stroma Installer Certification

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