Receiving a UKAS accredited Group Competence Scheme (GCS) enables Stroma Certification to provide Competent Management System Certification, in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO 17021:2011 for the Gas Group Competence Scheme, for companies with a large number of gas installers.
Companies which already carry out assessments of their gas installer employees and go over and above the requirement of the industry standard Accredited Competency Scheme (ACS) are certified by Stroma Certification.
One of the first bodies in the industry to offer a UKAS accredited GCS Stroma Certification is currently the only body accredited to provide certification of commercial measures. Certification is offered by the scheme in line with the core gas safety elements for a vast scope of major gas work. This includes Domestic natural gas and LPG work, Commercial natural gas and LPG work, Commercial Catering natural gas and LPG work, Commercial Laundry natural gas and LPG work and LPG External Pipework and Vessels.
Stroma Certification’s UKAS accredited Group Competence Scheme’s release adds to the certification body’s current offering of installer certification to major UK trades, including certification for electricians, plumbers, heating professionals, ventilation specialists and renewables installers.
To acknowledge that their company procedures and gas installers are working compliantly against updates to gas regulations within a year of them being released, GCS certification is awarded to the company.
A UKAS accredited Competent Person Scheme (CPS) is also offered by Stroma Certification, for sole trader gas installers to enable them to self-certify their work as compliant in line with the Building Regulations.
Maximising members’ existing strengths is one of Stroma’s priorities to ascertain whether compliance under CGS can be achieved. In order to ensure the certification process for GCS Certification is cost effective, on-site assessments take place.
An application and auditing procedure is encompassed in their approach, ensuring gas installers are still available for work while their organisation completes the certification process.
A number of benefits are achieved, by obtaining Stroma GCS Certification, for gas organisations, including annual competency checks, in house or on site delivery, reduced travel and administration costs, reduced installer downtime and expert technical support.
EU Skills has teamed up with Stroma Certification on its new launch, supported by UKAS and the health and Safety Executive (HSE). Stroma Certification is able to certify organisations for their Competence Management System due to the partnership with the EU Skills Group Competence Scheme.
Stroma Certification has worked hard to develop a wide range of certification schemes to offer to organisations in the gas industry, as well as an extensive Competent Person Scheme for sole trade gas installers, according to Andy Sharp, Commercial Manager.
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