Practical Post 8: Employees won’t certify? BC(A)R SI.9

by Bregs Blog admin team


My practice has come through the last 5 years and I now have a staff of three, one experienced technologist and two young (registered) architects. At the height of the boom we were up to 12. The practice is generally very ‘hands on’ with clients and takes a proactive approach to site inspections and problem solving. We work with builders that we know.

We have taken on the roles of Design and Assigned Certifiers for one of our current projects, a public sector project. We were informed by the local authority they expect the new duties to be rolled-into our existing appointment, and we feel we don’t have a choice- accept or loose the job.

I have been reading the guidance about the new Certificates and I have run CPD in-house for my staff. In discussion, the two architects have now said that they are not willing to be appointed personally as Certifiers as they do not think they are experienced enough and they don’t have the technical expertise. The Certificate will “guarantee” structural and mechanical and electrical installations which they feel they don’t have adequate competence in. We believe this is a problem generally with the new regulations.

In addition, due to Code of Practice issues they feel if the practice either looses its insurance cover or closes down later on, they will be personally liable for work they certify currently using their own name while working as my employees. I cannot argue with this as this is a potential problem that we highlighted in our in-house CPD.

The architectural technologist frequently shares the site inspections at the moment and he looks after the technical and construction issues. However he cannot be named as Design or Assigned Certifier either as he is not a registered architect.

Does this mean that I, as principal, have to commit to site inspections every two weeks on EVERY job in order to sign off on the Inspection Plan at Completion? I cannot see another way around it unless I take on another member of staff and make this part of their job description.


Other Posts in this series:

Other Posts in this series:

Practical Post 1: BC(A)R SI.9 Extensions & Refurbishments– click link here

Practical Post 2: completion- FAO Vintners & Retailers– click link here

Practical posts 3: Change of Use – FDI and offices – Click link here

Practical post 4: What if the builder goes bust?– Click link here

Practical Post 5: Small retail extension- problem with certifier – Click link here

Practical Post 6: no one wants to do certifier roles! – Click link here

Practical Post 7: Existing Shopping Centres – Click link here

Practical Post 9: Fees & numbers of inspections?: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 12: “architects only” club?–  Click link here

Practical Post 13: Duties & conflicts- BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical Post 14: Supervision vs Inspection –  Click link here

Practical post 15: Code of conduct issues –  Click link here

Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification? – Click link here

Practical Post 17: Off-License fit-out –  Click link here

Practical Post 18- material alterations: Creche  – Click link here

Practical Post 19: Phased completion & BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical post 20: Are builders off the hook with BCAR? – click link here

NOTE: This series of posts is not meant to undermine or be in opposition to any professional advice from registered representative bodies: rather it is to offer additional technical aids to those that find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with SI.9 in it’s current form at present. As with all information posted on the Blog we urge all practitioners to check with their respective professional bodies before assuming any roles or duties under Building Control (Amendment) regulation (SI.9 of 2014). We hope to post a number of these practical posts and list in one area, so home owners, SME’s and professionals can drop in and click on a particular topic to get summary information that may be useful to them while working within these new and difficult regulations.