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The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) formed in 1991 is the technical, registration and marketing body for the oil firing industry in the U.K and the Republic of Ireland and replaced the previous Domestic Oil Burner Equipment Testing Association.  After the loss of the Shell-mex training infrastructure in the 1970s the major oil companies and at a later date equipment manufacturers stepped into financially support OFTEC for it to develop its initial role in developing new technical standards and training manuals for the industry, and provide a new found  focus to the industry. OFTEC   its early days objectives of providing independent technical support and training to the industry  has successfully extended its role to promote and represent the oil heating and cooking industry.   

Since April 2005 it has been a legal requirement for all oil fires installations carried out under the Building Regulations in England and Wales to be reported to the Local Authority Building Control Department.  For the home owner when having work done on oil fired appliances  if the work is not completed by and OFTEC registered company or technician this can add additional costs  as the work may be subject to a building control notice and building Local Authority inspection. Work which is requires building control notification includes

  • Install an oil storage tank
  • Install oil supply pipe work
  • Install an open flue pressure jet appliance or conversion
  • Install a room sealed balanced flue pressure jet appliance
  • Install an open flue vaporising appliance or conversion
  • Install a fan assisted vaporising appliance
  • Commission a pressure jet appliance installation up to 70KW
  • Commission a pressure jet appliance installation > 70KW
  • Commission a vaporising appliance installation (Wet)
  • Commission a vaporising appliance installation (Dry)

OFTEC registered technicians and businesses are able to self-certify their work under the Government’s The Department of Communities and Local Government   Competent Persons Scheme to certify their work complies with Building Regulations and standards. These permits OFTEC registered businesses and technicians to undertake specific work without submitting a building control notice and forego the need for Local Authority Inspection. The OFTEC registered technician or business will then issue you, the customer with a certificate that the work has been carried out to the required standard. The registered business or technician will then notify OFTEC of the work completed who in turn notify the Local Authority Building Control Department.  A requirement of OFTEC registration is all registered technicians must have been assessed, tested and hold a valid OFTEC certificate of competence in the areas of oil work carried out.  Certification and registration is valid for five years after which a technician is re-assessed and a new certificate of competence is issued

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