More than 100 catering equipment engineers have passed the assessment for the Water Industry Approved Catering Installer Scheme after undergoing training courses organised by CEDA.
Regulations introduced 12 years ago require anybody planning to alter or extend a water supply in commercial premises to submit details of their intentions to their water provider at least a fortnight before work starts.
The alternative, however, is for contractors to get approved under the Water Industry Approved Plumber Scheme (WIAPS), which allows them to bypass the notification process.
“The advantage is that an approved contractor can carry out the work without having to notify the water provider and they can issue a certificate to confirm that the work has been carried out in accordance with the Water Regulations,” explained Peter Kay, director of technical support at CEDA.
CEDA has so far arranged 11 training courses relating to the scheme and is now planning to organise more.
The Water Industry Approved Catering Installer Scheme is funded by the water suppliers and requires contractors to demonstrate they are suitably trained and have adequate knowledge of the 1999 Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations.
Engineers who take CEDA’s training scheme must then register with their appropriate water provider’s industry sector scheme in order to get the necessary approval.