This week is Quality Plumber Week, an event organized by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) to champion the skills and celebrate the role plumbing and heating engineers play in keeping everyone healthy and safe.
One of the ideas that has come to the forefront of discussions this year is the introduction of a single mandatory licence for those operating plumbing and heating businesses.
Is regulation really necessary?
At the moment, the trade is unregulated, so potentially anyone can go into a DIY retailer, buy some supplies and carry out a plumbing job with no checks. In other countries, such as Germany, regulation is much stricter so fly-by-night businesses can’t operate and legitimate businesses are able to prove that they’ve undertaken sufficient training and demonstrate they have the appropriate skills to fit the job.
The APHC feels that a more regulated approach is necessary here in the UK, both to improve the reputation of legitimate tradespeople and provide customer reassurance. One of the issues is that the general public is largely unaware that there’s the potential for inexperienced tradespeople to move in and put people at risk.
What does the trade think about it?
There was broad support for the idea of regulation at one of APHC’s Installer Insight Days when the question was posed to an assembled group of plumbers, so the association is now calling for the industry to pull together and debate the pros and cons.
What do you think?
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