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The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering

The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering, also known as IPHE, are an association of UK plumbing and heating professionals whose main goal is to improve the science, practice and principles of plumbing and heating engineering. Read on as we delve into the many different things the institute has to offer its members and the general public below.


IPHE: Who are they?

The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (IPHE) - the UK's professional and techanical body for all plumbing and heating professionals - was first formed all the way back in 1906. The organisation was simply known as The Institute of Plumbers at first, but in 1957 the name was changed to The Institute of Plumbing. In June 2004 things evolved again and they settled on the most recent iteration of their name; The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering.

The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is a registered educational charity with a membership of over 12,000, approximately 3,500 of whom are listed in a Member Directory. A local Registered Plumber can be found by simply entering a postcode into the Member Directory - making it easy for consumers to find someone they trust.

All IPHE members listed have had to prove their competence through industry recognised qualifications or extensive experience as well as agreeing to a 5-point code of professional standards.

The Institute is supported by over 260 of the leading manufacturers and service providers in the UK heating and plumbing. These supporting manufacturers and providers are collectively referred to as Industrial Associates. Many Industrial Associates are also engaged in the Institute's Professional Development programme that keeps members up to date with technological advancements in the industry.

To reach their goals IPHE works closely with industry professionals, government agencies and educational institutions. The institute is also a player on the international scene and is actually secretariat to the World Plumbing Council.

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IPHE Professional Development Plan

The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering’s professional development plan is designed to help businesses achieve their professional development goals. The goals you set out in your plan at the beginning of the year can be referred back to frequently, which helps to ensure you are making progress.

The IPHE professional development plan helps businesses and individuals improve in several different areas, some of which are included in the list below:

  • Adopting new technology
  • Company awareness and/or networking
  • Time management for individual activities
  • Catering better to society’s needs
  • Handling the practicalities of running your business
  • Improving upon practical skills
  • Understanding the legal responsibilities of plumbers
  • Adapting to changes in the construction industry and the plumbing sector
  • Dealing with different workloads
  • Continuous career development
  • Setting and reaching long term goals
  • Degrees of specialisation
  • Levels of achievement
  • Different learning formats

The Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering: Consumer Advice

One of the main goals of the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering is to raise the standards of plumbing in the public interest. The institute hopes to achieve this by raising the professional standards of its members.

The institute also answers countless phone calls and emails from members of the public seeking reliable and professional plumbers or useful advice about heating and plumbing related issues.

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