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APHC unveils workshop programme to push compulsory plumbing licence proposals

A number of half-day events will be held across the country in October to gather feedback on introducing a mandatory licence for all plumbing businesses

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) will next month commence a series of workshops across the UK to consider the implications of introducing a compulsory licence to operate a plumbing business.

Heating engineers and plumbers are being invited to discuss their views and share proposals on how such a programme of compulsory licensing for the industry may be implemented as a framework and whether they would welcome such a change. 

APHC has said that the half-day workshops will put forward a new approach to licensing that it hopes would prevent individuals or organisations describing themselves as a ‘licensed plumbing company’ or a ‘licensed heating company’ without proper accreditation. These proposed standards for accreditation would be underpinned by continuous professional development and other assessments.

APHC chief executive John Thompson said the workshops would be used to discuss any potential benefits or difficulties facing industry from the scheme, as well as how a compulsory licence may fit in to existing regulatory frameworks.

Mr Thompson said industry would also be asked to consider, “how compulsory licensing could be enforced, funded and promoted, what could the membership criteria look like, how would competence be measured, as well as 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.”

Half-day workshops that will run between 9am and 12pm will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • Leicester - October 2 (the event includes an expo from leading suppliers and manufacturers)
  • Surrey – October 3 (the event will include a factory tour of the Monument Tools site)
  • Taunton – October 4
  • Newport – October 5
  • Chester – October 10
  • Leeds – October 11

Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) 

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