28 May 2015
Following on from our recent posts on BCAR submissions, we have received a number of reader comments about certifier qualifications. Here is an update based on the comments received:
- Design and Assigned Certifiers can only be Registered Architects, Registered Building Surveyors and Chartered Engineers under the S.I.9. Building Control (Amendment) Regulations.
- Registered Surveyor means Registered Building Surveyor and does not include Registered Quantity Surveyors or other SCSI members. Quantity Surveyors have a different register in the SCSI under the Building Control Act and are not permitted to be certifiers under the S.I.9 Regulations. SCSI membership includes ‘Chartered Surveyors’ (Geomatics, Quantity, Project Management, Agency, Minerals etc.) in different SCSI divisions. They are NOT entitled to use the title or become Registered ‘Building’ Surveyors, despite being ‘Chartered Surveyors’. There are approx. 250 Registered Building Surveyors and the list of is available here: SCSI Public Register
- Chartered Engineer means an Engineer who is a Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland. Engineers Ireland do not currently indicate which members are willing or competent to act as Certifiers. More importantly, the regulations permit all 6,400* Chartered Engineers to sign off on building designs and construction regardless of their specialisation. This means that engineers in Agriculture and Food, Bio Medical, Chemical and Process, Civil, Computing, Electrical and Electronic, Energy and Environment, Fire and Safety, Local Government, Mechanical and Manufacturing, Structure and Construction can legally be Building Control Certifiers. The list of all divisions of Chartered Engineers is available here: Engineers Ireland Membership
- The RIAI operates a list of Registered Architects. The Architects Register currently does not indicate which members are willing or competent to act as Certifiers. Architectural Technologist members of the RIAI cannot be certifiers. It is estimated that there are approximately 2,400 architects in Ireland and the Architects Register is here: The Register of Architects
- A Register for Architectural Technologists (ATR) has been set up and will be operated by CIAT (http.Architecturaltechnologistregister.ie ). This register is not included in the 2014 regulations so Architectural Technologists are not permitted to act as Certifiers as yet. There are approximately 200 technologists on the AT register.
Building owners do not have any public list to find professionals who are willing and competent to inspect buildings at present. This also means that Local Authorities and the BCMS (Building Control Management System) cannot check Certifiers qualifications when they are validating Commencement Notices and Certificates of Compliance.
*This number of 6,400 eligible engineering certifiers has been confirmed by Engineers Ireland to BRegs Blog on 08 May 2015. Membership breakdown can be obtained directly from Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland | Tel: +353(0)1-6651300; email: http://www.engineersireland.ie/Contact.aspx
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