The new Gas Safe Register registration scheme for gas engineers
Note: This is our original regulation update text, published on 1 April 2009. Unlike the rest of our site, this archived material is not updated if the law changes.
Gas engineers and those wishing to register as gas engineers in Great Britain
Took effect on
1 April 2009
From 1 April 2009, gas engineering businesses operating in Great Britain must be registered with the Gas Safe Register to carry out gas work for which registration is required by law. Membership of a voluntary scheme will not satisfy this legal requirement.
The new scheme replaces the Council of Registered Gas Installers (CORGI) scheme which ended on 31 March 2009 in England, Scotland and Wales. It will encompass all aspects of the downstream gas industry covered by the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
New businesses and engineers with no previous history - or those returning to the industry with a history of complaints or a record of unsafe gas work - will undergo a time-limited probationary period. During that period they will be required to report gas work they are doing so that Gas Safe Register inspectors can inspect one or more pieces of work.
New ID cards
New photo ID cards displaying an engineer's qualifications and category of registration will be issued to registered engineers.
Engineers can keep their old gas registration number if they wish to do so. A free marketing toolkit including van stickers and online logos and layouts will help keep down the costs of re-spraying vans, printing new advertising materials, business cards and letterheads.
Other key changes include:
- new initiatives to reduce risk from unsafe and illegal gas work
- improvements in consumer gas safety by raising public awareness of risks and how to manage them
- registration fees at affordable levels for gas engineers
- reducing indirect costs to engineers through simplified competence and registration requirements
- annual renewal of registration on the date engineers first registered
- a risk-based approach to inspection
- fair and open treatment of engineers when complaints arise
- provision of quarterly information to engineers so they know they are working to the latest set of standards
Full title of regulation
The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2009 [SI 2009 466]
Communities and Local Government
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