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What Is OFTEC? Oil Firing Technical Association

Adam Cherry
By: Adam Cherry
Updated: 13th October 2021

OFTEC stands for the Oil Firing Technical Association. It is a 'competent persons scheme' which recognises installers who are approved to install oil, solid fuel and renewable heating equipment and to main oil and solid fuel systems.

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What is an OFTEC registered installer?

Before an installer can become OFTEC registered they have to complete an approved training course and pass an assessment. They are then reassessed regularly to ensure they continue to meet the required working standards to remain registered.

OFTEC registered installers are able to self-certify that their work meets Building Regulations and can carry out certain work without a building control notice. Any customer who uses an OFTEC registered installer will receive an official certificate to confirm that the work done meets the official industry standards for safety and quality. This means that homeowners do not need to spend time or money getting the work checked by the local authority. There are approximately 8,000 technicians who are registered with the scheme.

Why use an OFTEC registered installer?

  • Using a registered installer will give you peace of mind that the work has been completed safely and that your family and home are not at risk.
  • An oil boiler which is installed by a non-competent person could result in faulty work which may mean that your heating system does not work efficiently which will make your heating bills more expensive.
  • If your oil boiler is installed by someone who is not OFTEC registered, you will have the added hassle and expense of getting it certified by a competent person after the installation. An OFTEC installer can install and certify the work in one go saving you time and money.
  • A registered installer will be able to assess your home and advise you on the best type, brand and size of boiler and storage tank for your home and lifestyle so you can heat your home as effectively and cheaply as possible.
  • An OFTEC installer's work will be protected by the OFTEC workmanship warranty which means that in the unlikely event they fail to meet building regulations you won't have to cover the cost of rectifying the installation. This warranty lasts for six years from the date of installation.


    A brief history of OFTEC

    OFTEC launched in 1991 with the objective of raising standards in the UK and Republic of Ireland's heating industries. It was initially a trade association representing the interests of oil equipment manufacturers, developing course and assessment material for training providers.

    In 2002, at the same time as several competent persons schemes for the building trades, it became a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme. Competent persons schemes are intended to improve safety standards in the building industry and to make it easier for homeowners, businesses and organisations to choose qualified and reputable tradespeople.

    What if your installer is not OFTEC registered?

    Unlike gas boilers which legally have to be installed by a Gas Safe registered installer, OFTEC registration is not legally required in order to install an oil boiler or storage tank. However, any oil boiler installer who is not registered is required to notify their local authority's building control department before they carry out any installation work. The installation will then need to be certified by a competent person to confirm that it meets building regulations.

    While an registered installer can both install and declare the work compliant with regulations, if you choose to have the work carried out by someone without OFTEC registration you will then need to find a competent person to check their work. Non-compliant work which has not been done by a registrant can be reported through OFTEC to the Local Authority Building Control.

    Find a local registered boiler installer

    When choosing an OFTEC installer, it's best to shop around. To get a competitive price you need to compare at least 2-3 quotes from different oil boiler installers so you can be sure you're getting the best price and a high quality service.


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    Adam is our resident home heating expert. His experience and advice has helped millions of customers improve the efficiency of their homes and save money.

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