If you’re in any way unsure about selecting a gas engineer, our simple guide should help.
What is the Gas Safe Register?
The Gas Safe Register exists to protect consumers from unsafe work being carried out on gas appliances and to promote awareness of gas safety, especially as it relates to carbon monoxide poisoning.
It’s illegal for anyone who is not on the Gas Safe Register to work on a gas appliance. It is also against the law for a registered gas engineer to carry out gas work for which they are not specifically qualified. The gas engineer’s competencies are listed on the back of their Gas Safe Register ID card.
The Gas Safe Register is operated by a division of Capita PLC, the global outsourcing company.
How can I check if an engineer is Gas Safe registered?
Customers can check if a gas engineer is qualified by noting down their number and checking it against the registrations on the Gas Safe Register website. Customers can also check a business by name to see if it appears in the Register. It’s also possible to search for registered engineers in your area by entering your postcode.
How do gas engineers become Gas Safe registered?
Gas engineers need to have relevant ACS, NVQ or SVQ qualifications. They also must also renew their registration annually and update their qualifications every five years.
What happened to CORGI?
The Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI) still exists, but it is now a voluntary register. It was the sole register for gas engineers until 2009 in Great Britain and the Isle of Mann and 2010 in Northern Ireland and Guernsey. It was replaced by the Gas Safe Register as the official gas registration body. The role of official gas registration body is appointed by the relevant health and safety body for each area, typically the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
Can a CORGI registered gas engineer work on my appliances?
In theory yes, provided they are also on the Gas Safe Register. According to the Corgi Services website, their members are required to be Gas Safe Registered. A gas engineer that is only registered with CORGI and not on the Gas Safe Register is not legally allowed to work on any domestic gas appliance. If a gas engineer can only show you a CORGI registration card and isn’t able to show that they’re also Gas Safe registered, consult the Gas Safe register website to double-check or contact the Health & Safety Executive for further information.