How to become registered
OFTEC registration requires that both the business and its technicians are registered. The benefit of this is that it allows technicians to change employer whilst retaining their individual competent person registration.
Before making your application, you must meet the following scheme requirements:
- You must have qualifications that show you have the appropriate skills and competence for the OFTEC registration you require. Take a look at our training and assessment page for more information
- The business must have at least one registered technician working for it (you can apply for business and technician registration at the same time)
- The business must be covered by suitable public liability insurance up to a minimum of £2million/€2.8million. Cost-effective insurance is available through OFTEC Insurance Services
- Businesses with five or more employees must operate an appropriate health and safety policy. Visit the The England and Wales Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for templates and tips on writing your own health and safety policy.
- The business must operate a suitable complaints procedure to acknowledge and handle complaints raised against it. Our information sheet will explain what is required.
- A complaints log must be available for inspection upon request by OFTEC, you can download this example record of complaints as a template.
- A record must be kept of test equipment that requires regular calibration - test certificates and due dates will be checked at your inspection. You can download this example of a test instrument calibration record as a template.
- The businesses must comply with the OFTEC rules for registration which can be downloaded here.
It is vital that heating technicians are properly trained for the work they carry out. OFTEC training is designed to provide confidence for the technician and peace of mind for customers but is also important for safety, environmental and economic reasons. Because of this, ensuring that technicians undertake appropriate training and assessment is central to OFTEC’s competent person registration scheme.
All OFTEC’s scopes of registration require technicians to demonstrate their competence. Applicants do this by providing evidence of the training they have successfully completed and by fulfilling OFTEC’s own inspection and scheme conditions. This is necessary when a heating technician first joins, but is also an ongoing requirement designed to ensure OFTEC registered technicians keep up to date with the latest industry developments.
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