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  Approved Certifiers of Construction Scheme (Drainage, Heating and Plumbing)
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SNIPEF now has over 160 Approved Bodies and over 200 Approved Certifiers of Construction in place. Over 10,000 Certificates of Construction have been issued since the scheme was launched in 2010 and the interest in the scheme from installers and clients is growing.


The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 introduced a new Building Standards system for Scotland that raises standards and simplifies the approval of many construction activities for the public, Verifiers (local authorities) and the industry.

The new Building Standards legislation also provided for the appointment of Approved Certifiers of Design and Approved Certifiers of Construction. Properly qualified professionals can become Certifiers and have the authority to certify work for building warrant purposes.

SNIPEF has been appointed by the Scottish Ministers to run the Drainage, Heating and Plumbing scheme which allows individuals (Approved Certifiers of Construction) to "certify" drainage, heating and plumbing work which is subject to a building warrant. Click here to see what the scheme covers and the qualifications you need to be a scheme member.

An Approved Certifier must be employed by a business (Approved Body) which is either a member of the Plumbing Industry Licensing Scheme (operated by SNIPEF) or they must meet the Licensing scheme criteria.

Businesses and/or organisations who wish to apply to become an Approved Body can download application forms as follows:

Click here for more information on the scheme including the scheme costs.

If you are a current member business of the SNIPEF Licensing scheme click here to download an Approved Body application.

If you are a NOT a current member business of the SNIPEF Licensing scheme click here to download an Approved Body application.

Click here to download an application to be an Approved Certifier of Construction.

(Remember you must also submit an Approved Body application to join the scheme).

Click here to link to the Scottish Government Building Standards Division website.

A copy of a fact sheet which details the scheme can be downloaded opposite.

For more information on the scheme and to log in and register as an Approved Certifier so you can issue certificates click here.

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Raymond Leslie,

SNIPEF Past President (2013/2014)

Our Approved Certifier of Construction Scheme means real benefits for customers and members alike."


Scheme Fact Sheet (pdf)