Corgi stands for the Council for Registered Gas Installers and is a UK body that provides assurance to customers that gas operatives who register with the council hold a certificate of competence under the Accredited Certification Scheme or ACS. It is imperative to check that a gas engineer is registered with an appropriate body before any gas repairs or installations, and here are some of the most commonly asked questions:
Is Corgi the same as Gas Safe?
Gas Safe took over from Corgi in 2009 and now run the compulsory gas registration scheme for heating and plumbing engineers who work legally with gas in the UK. This means that Gas Safe is now the UK watch dog for gas safety.
How can I check if my plumber is Gas Safe?
Always check that a gas engineer or installer holds a valid Gas Safe Register card. If in doubt call 0800 408 5500.-Further information can be found by visiting the Gas Safe Register.
Do plumbers have to be Gas Safe registered?
A plumber is allowed to carry out what is termed ‘wet work’ such as installing radiators and water pipes for a central heating system. However, any work on the gas boiler and connection of water pipes to the boiler must be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
Can a Gas Safe engineer work on LPG?
Liquefied Petroleum Gas, or LPG fixed appliances should always be checked annually by a Gas Safe Registered engineer, and the engineer should also be qualified to operate in your property type and on the kind of appliances that need work.
Is it possible to use a non-registered engineer to fit an appliance and then have it checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer?
No, only a Gas Safe registered engineer must check or fit a gas appliance, and it is illegal for a Gas Registered engineer to sign off work undertaken by a non-registered engineer.
Therefore, if you need gas repairs always ensure you have enlisted the services of a fully registered Gas Safe Engineer from a reputable supplier to ensure you are complying with all safety regulations and to give peace of mind in the knowledge that the equipment is fully safe and functioning correctly. For further information about the Gas Safe Register see the Health and Safety Executive information.