The number of engineers now listed on the Register of Qualified Engineers has now reached 350 with more than 20 companies participating.
The register which was launched jointly by CEDA and CESA in October 2011 has seen a steady growth as more members of the two organisations recognise the benefits of having their engineers listed.
At the same time as the launch of the register, the two associations ran a campaign to alert caterers to their responsibilities under the gas regulations which are to have gas equipment and installations checked for safety at least annually and maintained by suitably qualified engineers in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
CEDA director of technical support Peter Kay says: “The Register of Qualified Engineers offers a number of benefits to members of CEDA and CESA. As the register is endorsed by the two major trade associations from our industry it is rapidly being recognised by many customers as an assurance that the company that they are dealing with use qualified and competent engineers”.
Kay adds: “While gas work is strictly regulated and engineers must have appropriate ACS accreditations, the same cannot be said for electrical work. There is no legal requirement for anyone carrying out electrical work to have a suitable qualification, all the regulations require is that the person be competent and it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that this is the case. With the help of a major electrical training organisation, we have established an assessment procedure that proves whether an engineer is both competent and safe when working on electrical equipment. Engineers have to pass this assessment before they can be included on the register.”
A standalone website www.Qengineers.co.uk is a source of information that enables equipment users to enter a post code and find a list of companies using qualified engineers in their area.