Plumbing Organisations, Associations and Governing Bodies

Plumbing Organisations, Associations and Governing Bodies
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The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)

The CIPHE was formed in 1906 and is the professional body for the plumbing and heating industry in the UK. The main objectives of the CIPHE are to advance the industry for the benefit of the public, to further education of members and to promote the study of research, science, practices and principles of plumbing and heating engineering. The CIPHE is a member of the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

Members of the CIPHE may benefit from the following:

  • Expert advice
  • Technical literature
  • Master Plumber Certificate information
  • Legal help-line
  • Discounts for work-wear
  • Competitive insurance packages
  • Independent financial advice
  • Discounts on leisure breaks

Further information can be found on the CIPHE website at

CIPHE Contact Details

64 Station Lane
RM12 6NB

Tel: 01708 472791
Fax: 01708 448987

Press & Media Enquiries
Tel: 01934 838559

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC)

The APHC is a trade association for the plumbing and heating industry in Wales and England. The APHC works with government, authorities, unions and organisations on behalf of its members. This association endeavours to ensure that all plumbing and heating businesses are provided with a sustainable market place.

There are a number of membership levels with the APHC including Licensed Membership, CPS & Licensed Membership and Associate Membership. Members of the APHC can benefit from the following:

  • Plumbguard insurance scheme
  • Employee training courses
  • Discounted advertising
  • Business advice and support services
  • Competent Persons Scheme

More information can be found on the APHC website at

APHC Contact Details

12 The Pavilions
Cranmore Drive
B90 4SB

Tel: 01217 115030
Fax: 01217 057871

Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF)

SNIPEF is a professional organisation for the plumbing industry in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The aims of SNIPEF are to anticipate and stay up-to-date with changes happening in the industry, to develop and maintain high-quality services for members and to be pro-active in obtaining new, and retaining existing, members.

Members of SNIPEF may benefit from the following:

  • Access to support and information
  • Financial assistance
  • Commercial and technical skills improvement
  • Enhanced apprentice grant payments in Scotland
  • Special rates on public and employers liability insurance
  • Directory listing
  • Access to the Approved Certifier of Construction scheme

Further information can be found on the SNIPEF website at

SNIPEF Contact Details

Bellevue House
22 Hopetoun Street

Tel: 01315 560600
Fax: 01315 578409

FairTrades - Plumbers' Association

FairTrades, founded in 1983, is a nationally recognised multi-trade association and professional body. FairTrades endeavours to promote members to consumers and the construction industry throughout the UK. This association constantly works to enhance consumer confidence, which may have been diminished by past work, carried out by rogue traders.

Members of FairTrades - Plumbers' Association may benefit from the following:

  • Enhanced credibility
  • Fuel cards
  • Directory listings
  • Access to TrustMark
  • Discounts on PDQ machines
  • Insurance backed guarantees
  • Free website hosting
  • Discounted AA membership
  • A dedicated account manager
  • Access to various insurance products

More information can be found on the FairTrades website at

FairTrades Contact Details

Unit 3
Prenton Business Park
CH43 3EA

Tel: 08707 398 999

CORGI - previously the Council Of Registered Gas Installers

CORGI is best known for operating the Mandatory Gas Registration Scheme in the UK. However, this vital service for plumbers and gas engineers was taken over in April 2009 by the Gas Safe Register. CORGI remains a trusted and recognised mark, and has good working relationships with government, manufacturers, distributors and merchants in the heating industry. Therefore, CORGI is in a position to bring together a vast range of products and services to support professional trades people, and promote members' expertise to consumers.

Members of CORGI can benefit from the following:

  • Enhanced exposure to consumers
  • Van logos
  • Technical and legal help-lines
  • Expert advice
  • Enhanced credibility
  • Competitive insurance policies
  • Online training

More information can be found on the CORGI website at or click here for central heating and gas installation quotes.

CORGI Contact Details

First Floor Unit 7
Prisma Park
Berrington Way
RG24 8GT


Tel: 0844 879 4798

Technical Services
Tel: 01256 548040

The Gas Safe Register

The Gas Safe register vets gas engineers and plumbers working with gas, in order to ensure they are competent, qualified and legally allowed to work with gas. This ensures the utmost safety for consumers in the UK. All businesses working with gas, both employed and self-employed, must be Gas Safe Registered.

Businesses that are Gas Safe Registered may benefit from the following:

  • Directory listing
  • Technical support help-line
  • Regular standards updates
  • Discounts from printing suppliers
  • Free copy of the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure
  • Self certification of gas appliances for compliance with building regulations

Further information, as well as a PDF document explaining Gas Safe Registration, can be found on the Gas Safe Register website at

Gas Safe Register Contact Details

PO Box 6804
RG24 4NB

Tel: 0800 408 5500

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