OFTEC competent person scheme 21 years old

Can you remember back to 2002?


It was a good year for Arsenal, winning another league and cup double but also a good year for the oil heating sector when HM Government (in the form of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) first recognised officially that technicians on the OFTEC registration scheme can have an exemption from applying for a building notice.

Under Statutory Instrument No.440 (dated 28/02/2002) there was to be a new schedule 2A to the Building Regulations 2000 that now listed OFTEC alongside FENSA (Fenestration), HETAS (solid fuel), CORGI (gas), and the Institute of Plumbing (drainage/plumbing), as suitable registration schemes for each sector.

The recognition, that came into force on 1st April that year, reflected the professionalism and expertise an OFTEC registered technician held in installing oil appliances and storage tanks to the Building Regulations, and leaving installation and commissioning documentation for an audit trail. However, it was not until 2005 that the work notification system was set up with local authorities, enabling registered technicians to notify their installations electronically via OFTEC directly to their local authority.

Keep up the good work!

OFTEC would like to thank all Oil Installer readers for supporting us during the last 21 years, and for being one of the 20,000 heating business or 30,000 individual technicians registered during this time. Your collective work has resulted in the self-certification of over half a million heating equipment installations to date. Keep up the good work!