The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is calling for the industry to pull together to debate the pros and cons of introducing a single mandatory licence to operate a plumbing and heating business – as well as celebrating the important role that plumbing and heating contractors play in keeping people healthy and safe.
CEO John Thompson says: “Having a license to practice is currently a hot topic, which requires industry consultation, debate and scrutiny as there are widely differing opinions on the subject. In our key role of supporting businesses and employers across the industry, 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; and 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?
“From here we can establish a consensus viewpoint from businesses and employers to take forward as part of further dialogue.”
The industry can get involved with this debate by attending a free regional workshop, details of are on APHC’s website. The launch workshop on 2 October in Leicester includes an Expo of APHC supplier members and companies exhibiting include, Altecnic, BPEC, Gti Direct, Monument Tools, Simpro Software, Spirotech and Testo.
“It’s not too late to attend a workshop but you need to be quick, failing that we will be hosting a seminar at PHEX Manchester on 17 October,”says John Thompson.
APHC wants plumbers and gas engineers to post photographs of their work on social media using the hashtag #QPW18. “We’ll be giving away spot prizes for photos of work posted on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn,” says John. “Get involved and let’s shout about the important role that the plumbing and heating industry plays in our everyday lives.”