Opening the licensing debate during Quality Plumber Week 2018

Ahead of the annual Quality Plumber Week, taking place this year from 1st to 7th October, the APHC is looking to debate the idea of a  single mandatory License to operate a plumbing and heating business as well as celebrating the important role that plumbing and heating engineers play in keeping people healthy and safe.

During QPW, APHC would like to explore collectively the industry’s need to look at the viability of introducing a single national mandatory Licensing Scheme to provide accreditation to operate a plumbing and heating business in order to protect public health, assist the UK in reducing its carbon emissions and provide more of a ‘level playing field’ for the bona fide plumbing and heating installer when quoting and tendering for work.

A licensing scheme, suggests the APHC, 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.

Plumbing and heating engineers are invited to attend a free half-day regional seminar to review possible framework proposals and to provide opinion and ideas.  The free seminars are being hosted by APHC and BPEC and include special guest company Monument Tools, which will be facilitating a practical demonstration of a range of their tools.

The half day morning seminars will run on the following dates:
2 Oct – Leicester, National Space Centre
3 Oct – Monument Tools, Surrey (includes a tour of the factory and special gift!)
4 Oct – Taunton, Bridgwater & Taunton College
5 Oct – Newport, International Suite, Newport International Sports Village
10 Oct – Chester, Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
11 Oct – Leeds, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa

APHC will be speaking about QPW and the viability of a single mandatory licensing scheme at PHEX Manchester in October, plus there will be open debate on social media during Quality Plumber Week via the hashtag #QPW18 on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

APHC would also like to see plumbing and heating engineers post photographs of their work on social media using the hashtag #QPW18.

For further information or to book your place on one of the free APHC regional seminars, please contact or phone 0121 711 5030.

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