What are the benefits of a central register and single end point assessment for certification?

Discussion between the Building Safety Alliance, the new Regulator’s regime and other stakeholders is ongoing to evaluate whether a single register of competent individuals and organisations that do have appropriate resources and access to appropriate competent advice would benefit PAP/APs and Residents – and the desired outcome of ‘safe homes’. We set out below some of the benefits of a single, national, register would be:

‘Single source’ of assured excellence – If a plethora of ‘registers’ is allowed to come into existence with specific commercial interests, we risk a clear risk of a race to the bottom, not least due to some new organisations or practitioners having the responsibility for residential building safety management choosing the quickest/easiest register to certify them against the forthcoming PAS. A single ‘Not for Profit’ register will also avoid any ‘commercial’ interests and the risk of registrants moving to alternative registers following complaints, breaches of the code of conduct or not meeting their ongoing competence maintenance obligations.

Greater assurance for BSR, accountable person and residents – if those responsible for residential building safety management were not to be on a register, additional checks will need to be done by the PAP/AP, residents and the regulator to ensure competence criteria are met. These additional checks would need to be demonstrated to the BSR who would require more time to review the application submitted. Residents can also assure themselves on the competence of those responsible for residential building safety management for their building. Guidance in regard to competence expectations will also be afforded to the new generation of ‘lay’-individuals who will fall into the role of PAP/AP due to other government policy in regard to proposed leasehold and commonhold etc reforms.

Simplifying the process, reduce bureaucracy and more cost effective – the register can be anticipated to reduce the PAP/APs burden of proof to demonstrate those they appoint to be responsible for residential building safety management on their behalf, cutting back application time. It will also enable the PAP/AP to seek competitive quotations for the delivery, without needing to compromise on competence and organisational capability. When also expanding its scope to include wider contractors and suppliers working in, on and around HRBs, The Building Safety Alliance’s register will significantly reduce the burden on those responsible for residential building safety management to assure themselves that all work and maintenance undertaken on HRBs is undertaken by competent people.

Dynamic source of information – the register would ensure information will be kept up to date as it would engage with the certification scheme(s) to ensure those on the register maintain their certification criteria. This function will not, we are currently advised, be carried out by the Building Safety Regulator.

Clarity on single competence standard and single assessment benchmark, whilst allowing multitude of upskilling providers to deliver any upskilling that may be required..