The Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association

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The Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association offers membership, certification and training to companies producing or maintaining heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration technology. Read on for more about all that the HVCA does below.

HVCA: Who Are They?

The Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association represents companies that are responsible for the design, installation and maintenance of heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration products or technology (sometimes referred to as HVACR systems).

The Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association represents approximately 1,400 companies and boasts around 2, 000 offices located throughout the United Kingdom. It is estimated that HVCA members are responsible for the installation and maintenance of approximately 80% of the country's industrial and commercial HVACR systems.

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The Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association: Mission Statement

The HVCA provides its members with quality services that help them to achieve excellence in all aspects of their business and is perhaps best summarised by their own clear cut mission statement that states: “HVCA adds value to members' businesses by providing quality services, promoting excellence and shaping the commercial environment through representation and leadership”.

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HVCA: Inspection and Assessment

HVCA independent inspection and assessment began on the 1st of April 2003 and was introduced as a compulsory requirement for membership. The third party assessment was introduced to ensure the highest level of quality standards among Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association members.

The assessment has involved regular third party inspections that cover technical competence and commercial capability. Member guidance on how to comply with the necessary requirements for the assessment can be found in the organisations’ Inspection and Assessment Handbook.

The inspection of Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association members is made up of two different segments. The first portion of the assessment addresses a company’s commercial capability, covering areas like financial and training records, administrative and business systems, insurance arrangements, equal opportunity policies as well as health and safety protocol.

The second portion of the assessment looks at a company’s technical competence and takes place on site. This assessment involves the rating of current works, ranking them against a range of standards that were developed by the HVCA in collaboration with the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA).

This inspection and assessment protocol gives consumers the confidence that, when they select an HVCA member to handle their contract, the work will be completed to their specifications and within the necessary time-frame and budget set.

Education and Training

The Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association education and training department heads up vocational education and training through the Education Committee and National Training Forum, in partnership with BEST and SummitSkills.

This program promotes careers for young people as well as helping members create bespoke training programs that work for their business.

HVCA believes in the importance of lifelong learning, and prides themselves on the practical support and guidance that they give to their members.

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