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Water Regs UK has partnered with ceda (Catering Equipment Distributors Association) to create an updated water regulations qualification for catering installers who are looking to become an approved contractor.
ceda members are specialists in design, projects and equipment maintenance for the food service, catering and hospitality industry.
The new training course can be completed online or in-person. ceda worked with Water Regs UK to ensure the course content is relevant to catering installers and the catering equipment ceda members typically install.
Installers who complete the Water Regs UK qualification will be eligible to join an approved contractor scheme that runs a sector for catering installers, provided other Scheme requirements are also met.
For premises supplied by a water company, approved catering installers must issue certificates of compliance for their work that includes installing commercial kitchen equipment, including the ‘one metre final connection’ between the installed water system and the point of incoming water supply.
Becoming an approved contractor brings a number of benefits to catering installers, including a direct link to their water company, exemption from the legal requirement to notify the water company of some types of plumbing work. This saves time as installers can begin work straight away instead of waiting up to ten days for consent. This also protects your customer and can set you apart from your competition.
Approved contractors can also be listed on the WaterSafe website, and their customers have the reassurance that the installer is qualified and approved, subject to the terms & conditions of WaterSafe being met.
Peter Kay, Technical Support Advisor for ceda says “Whilst we have worked with Water Regs UK (formerly WRAS) over many years and encouraged our members to put their installation engineers on the previous courses which we have organised, it was always felt that it could be made more relevant to our industry. In view of the changes to CSCS card requirements which now require a suitable qualification as well as a H&S test certificate, we developed Industry Standard Training Standards which include the new course as one of the modules for installation engineers”
Kay added “We were delighted when Water Regs UK agreed to review the course and we jumped at the chance to work with them. We are again delighted that the course is now ready for delivery and will be planning and organising several courses in the very near future”
Paul Millard, technical manager at Water Regs UK, added: “ceda’s input into the development of the course has ensured that it is relevant to industry-specific problems and that it has a real value for catering installers on their pathway to joining approved contractor scheme.” Installers looking to undertake the new catering installer qualification can find more information by contacting the WIAPS team at Water Regs UK on 01495 983 010 or by visiting www.waterregsuk.co.uk