UKAS accreditation for OFTEC

OFTEC registration services director, Jacqueline Crawford
Jacqueline Crawford
OFTEC has become one of the first certification bodies to gain approval from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its competent persons’ scheme. In addition, the organisation has been accredited to provide a registration scheme for Green Deal installers.

Registration services director, Jacqueline Crawford, said: “It’s rewarding to know that UKAS has recognised the work that we do and also reassuring for our technicians to know that OFTEC is independently assessed to make sure we’re doing things right.”

As part of the UKAS accreditation, OFTEC can now offer Green Deal registration for installers. The government looks set to make the Green Deal available to householders from October this year, with grants available for energy efficiency improvements. Only registered Green Deal Installers will be eligible to carry out the work, to ensure that the improvements will deliver real carbon and energy bill savings.

OFTEC took part in the Green Deal pilot scheme with UKAS and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. This enabled registered technicians to initially extend their services and cover upgrading systems to high efficiency oil-fired condensing boilers, energy saving heating controls and associated cylinder/pipework insulation. A simple inspection process will enable them to add Green Deal to their registration and generate additional business.