Corgi Qualification What it Means?
If you are a plumber or heating engineer or you simply need to enlist the services of a professional to service your boiler, you may wonder what a CORGI qualification is and what it actually means. CORGI is a statutory regulatory body governing gas installers who are answerable to the HSE. The aim of the scheme is to improve the standard of health and safety procedures throughout the industry.
To register for CORGI, an ACS qualification and registration payment are required. It is illegal in the UK to carry out work on gas installations without first obtaining a CORGI qualification. So what exactly is an ACS and how does it count towards a CORGI qualification? ACS stands for Accredited Certification Scheme - it is a registered qualification that is required for anyone working with gas installations. Without an ACS, a CORGI qualification cannot be obtained.
An ACS is generally undertaken at external and impartial assessment centres. However, sometimes it can be completed as part of the City and Guilds 6012 NVQ course. A wide range of areas are assessed and the applicant is assigned to one of three core areas: an existing renewing holder, a related holder i.e. a heating engineer building on their qualifications or a new industry entrant.
Any person who carries out gas fitting, servicing or installations is legally required to hold CORGI approval and CORGI review all applicants thoroughly before granting approval. Any installers fitting new boilers must hold the City and Guilds 6084 qualification - adhering them to The Building Regulation Part L act. Therefore, if you are currently working as a plumber or heating engineer, it's vital to check the qualifications that you require to safeguard your customers, your business and yourself.
And what does CORGI registered mean to customers? In short, the CORGI qualification provides the assurance that the professional you are using adheres to industry standards. If you use the services of a plumber or engineer who is not CORGI registered they may be limited as to the work they can actually do - and in some cases they may even be undertaking work illegally.
With the backing of the industry, problems should be limited, but if they do occur, safeguards will be in place for both the company and the consumer. It's therefore very important to check that your plumber or engineer is CORGI registered before they undertake any work for you.