The WaterSafe Approved Contractor Schemes

To become a member of WaterSafe, as a plumbing business or sole trader, you need to join one of the seven Approved Contractor Schemes who together make up WaterSafe.

Read the information below to see which scheme suits you.

Membership of the water company schemes WIAPS (England and Wales) and TAPS (Thames Water region) is free. There are charges for membership of the other schemes, but the trade and professional bodies offer added benefits and support for your business.

For more information check our membership frequently asked questions, or get in touch – we’re happy to help.

England

APlus

A Plus stands for the Anglian Water approved plumber/contractor scheme. It is an Anglian Water accredited scheme which ensures the plumbers/contractors you use comply with the mandatory Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999.

Anglian Water’s A Plus operates in the area supplied by Anglian Water. There is a one-off £150 + VAT application fee to join A Plus.



APHC

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is the trade body for plumbing and heating businesses in England and Wales. It represents sole traders working in domestic properties to large companies working on commercial projects, helping installers run professional and profitable businesses.

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) operates throughout England and Wales. Contact directly for membership fees.


CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is the UK’s professional body for plumbers and others in the plumbing industry. The institute is a registered educational charity with the prime objective of improving the science, practice and principles of Plumbing and Heating Engineering in the public interest.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) operates throughout the UK, including England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Contact directly for membership fees.


Thames Water

TAPS was set up by Thames Water following the introduction of the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999. The scheme is free to join, providing the applicant meets the criteria for the type of membership they are applying for. There are three types of membership available.

Thames Water’s TAPS operates in the area supplied by Thames Water. Membership is free.


WIAPS

The Water Industry Approved Plumbers' Scheme (WIAPS) is managed by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) Ltd on behalf of 15 water companies in England and Wales.

The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme (WIAPS) operates in all areas of England and Wales, apart from those covered by Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water and Thames Water. Membership is free.


Severn Trent

WaterMark is administrated by Severn Trent and in order to become a WaterMark member, a plumber has to show they have been suitably trained, that they have adequate knowledge of the regulations through passing an assessment and that they have sufficient public liability insurance cover.

Severn Trent’s WaterMark operates in the area supplied by Severn Trent Water. There is a one off joining fee of £100 and an annual fee of £50.

Wales


APHC

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is the trade body for plumbing and heating businesses in England and Wales. It represents sole traders working in domestic properties to large companies working on commercial projects, helping installers run professional and profitable businesses.

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) operates throughout England and Wales. Contact directly for membership fees.


CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is the UK’s professional body for plumbers and others in the plumbing industry. The institute is a registered educational charity with the prime objective of improving the science, practice and principles of Plumbing and Heating Engineering in the public interest.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) operates throughout the UK, including England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Contact directly for membership fees.


WIAPS

The Water Industry Approved Plumbers' Scheme (WIAPS) is managed by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) Ltd on behalf of 15 water companies in England and Wales.

The Water Industry Approved Plumbers’ Scheme (WIAPS) operates in all areas of England and Wales, apart from those covered by Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water and Thames Water. Membership is free.


Severn Trent

WaterMark is administrated by Severn Trent and in order to become a WaterMark member, a plumber has to show they have been suitably trained, that they have adequate knowledge of the regulations through passing an assessment and that they have sufficient public liability insurance cover.

Severn Trent’s WaterMark operates in the area supplied by Severn Trent Water. There is a one off joining fee of £100 and an annual fee of £50.

Scotland

SNIPEF

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland. SNIPEF has around 750 member firms employing more than 4,000 operatives and nearly 500 apprentices.

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) scheme operates in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Contact directly for membership fees.


CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is the UK’s professional body for plumbers and others in the plumbing industry. The institute is a registered educational charity with the prime objective of improving the science, practice and principles of Plumbing and Heating Engineering in the public interest.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) operates throughout the UK, including England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Contact directly for membership fees.


Northern Ireland

SNIPEF

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) is the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses in Scotland and Northern Ireland. SNIPEF has around 750 member firms employing more than 4,000 operatives and nearly 500 apprentices.

The Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) scheme operates in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Contact directly for membership fees.


CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is the UK’s professional body for plumbers and others in the plumbing industry. The institute is a registered educational charity with the prime objective of improving the science, practice and principles of Plumbing and Heating Engineering in the public interest.

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) operates throughout the UK, including England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Contact directly for membership fees.


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