Accreditations associated with Micro CHP boilers
Currently available, domestic use microCHP boilers run mainly on Gas or LPG so your installer will also have to be registered Gas Safe. The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are qualified to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas fuelled appliances. This register (UK only) replaced CORGI as the gas registration body on 1st April 2009. The main focus of the register is on improving and maintaining gas safety. All 125,000 professionals currently registered are qualified to work with gas.
You can check that your installer is MCS certified by asking for his MCS number and checking with the MCS website. All MCS certified installers are listed there. To check an installer is registered Gas Safe you can ask for their ID card and you can then confirm that the engineer is registered by calling 0800 4085 500 or by checking online: Gas Safe.
Being Gas Safe isn’t the only certification an installer will need. Gas engineers have a range of qualifications that allow them to carry out specific tasks/ types of work. It is important that you check what types of work they are qualified to do before you commission them for the job.
The three main things to check are that they are qualified to:
A) Install domestic and or non-domestic gas appliances.
B) Install LPG and natural gas appliances.
C) Work in different areas e.g. boilers, cookers, fires etc.
You can find out what an installer is qualified to do by checking online or by looking at the back of their ID card. An microCHP installer should hold ACS elements CCN1, CEN1/CENWAT and CPA1 but it’s easier to simply check their ID card where you should find ‘microCHP’ listed under Domestic along with whether or not he/she is qualified to install with gas and/or LPG. There are a range of more specific, non-essential courses for installers looking to install microCHP systems. BDR Thermea run a course for the Baxi Ecogen microCHP unit for example. Check with your installer about his/her experience with installing and advising on your unit.