This has occurred because CORGI’s contract with the HSE came to an end and, while they tendered for a renewed contract, they were beaten by Capita who have promised a gradual reduction in the cost to gas engineers as well as an aggressive public awareness campaign.
From 1 April engineers must be registered with the Gas Safe Register to carry out work. Old CORGI registrations will not be valid. Engineers have had since January of this year to sign up with the new scheme so there will be no grace period.
From a landlord or agents point of view it is important to check that gas engineers that have previously been used are registered with the new scheme. All members will have ID cards and they can be checked either on the register website or by telephoning 0800 408 5500.
Current landlords gas safety certificates issued by CORGI engineers will remain valid, even if they expire after 1 April 2009 but on expiry they will have to be replaced by certificates conforming to the new scheme. After 1 April any certificate produced by an engineer not registered with the new scheme will not be valid.
A leaflet is available giving more information which also includes a picture of the new ID card.
The responsibilities and penalties as regards failing to have a valid certificate remain unchanged.