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APHC apologises to BPEC and probes web parts sales

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has apologised to BPEC for inaccuracies in articles sent to trade magazines in recent months.

The association stated that these “may have given the impression that it regarded BPEC as having connections to rogue trainers”.

APHC said that it recognises BPEC Certification does not provide training and that its role is to ensure assessments are delivered in accordance with the relevant assessment scheme or course rules.

APHC also recognised that BPEC-approved training centres ensure that all assessments are delivered in accordance with strict requirements.

Although all APHC directors resigned from the BPEC companies, APHC remains a founding member and is one of the nominating bodies of BPEC (Training).

APHC and BPEC state that they will continue their discussions in order to find positive ways of working together.

APHC is also in talks with auction website eBay about the sale of safety-critical heating and plumbing items. The association said sales of safety-critical gas components via non-recognised routes may lead to unsafe components being supplied or applied incorrectly, creating major safety issues.

Rick Crees from APHC said: “We have been in contact with eBay and are well aware that it is committed to complying with all of its legal requirements and takes these issues seriously.

“However, we would like eBay to go one step further by instigating a system whereby only registered engineers can buy safety-critical components.”

eBay responded: “We have policies regarding the sale of illegal or hazardous items to ensure that people trading on are doing so legally and legitimately, and will take immediate action if these rules are breached.”