Benefits of being an Approved Certifier

Role of an Approved Certifier

The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 established a role for suitably qualified building professionals to accept responsibility for ensuring that certain design or construction work complies with the building regulations. To be an Approved Certifier you must belong to an approved scheme and meet the standards agreed with the Scottish Government Building Standards Division (BSD). You must also be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of building standards. Building professionals, such as architects, engineers, electricians and plumbers who can demonstrate they have the appropriate qualifications and experience for the role can join a relevant certification scheme as an Approved Certifier.

How to Join a Scheme

The schemes are open to any individual or firm that meets the entry criteria. It is not conditional on being a member of any trade body or professional institution. The criteria for membership vary between different schemes depending on the scope of work to be certified. To join a scheme contact the appropriate scheme provider for full details of the work covered by the scheme, the entry requirements and application form. Contact details for each of the scheme providers are available from their websites. Links to scheme providers are available here .

Benefits of being an Approved Certifier 

  • Demonstrates a high level of skill, qualifications and experience, giving assurance to clients and verifiers that work will be carried out to a high standard;
  • Scheme Providers will ensure that training or information is provided when building standards change or new technologies are introduced keeping your knowledge up to date;
  • Helps develop respect and trust between clients and building professionals;
  • Improved reputation for quality based on membership of a government approved and regulated scheme;
  • Permitted to use the Approved Certifier registration mark to promote your business giving you an edge over your competitors.