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Certification Handbook

The Certification Handbook explains the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the certification system and procedures to be followed for the assessment of applications for new schemes and scheme provider status.

Certification Guidance


Scheme Provider Guidance

Building Structure Certification Guidance (letter to Building Standards Managers - October 7, 2005)

Structural Engineers Registration Ltd (SER Ltd) has published the following Technical Bulletins:

SER Technical Bulletin 1 - Certification of Contractor Designed Details
SER Technical Bulletin 2 - Guidelines for Checking the Structural Design of Buildings.
SER Technical Bulletin 3 - Certification of the Design of Timber Framed Structures
SER Technical Bulletin 4 - Certifying the Structural Design of Conservatories
SER Technical Bulletin 5 - Certifying The Structural Design Of Protective Barriers

Fees payable to Building Standards Division for Certification activities on behalf of Scottish Ministers

Scheme Application Forms

Scheme Provider Audit Reports

Regulation 40 of The Building (Procedures)(Scotland) Regulations 2004 obliges scheme providers to make available the necessary information to Scottish Ministers for an evaluation of the discharge of functions by members of the scheme.

Building Standards Division has been appointed to audit the operation of certification schemes. The division investigates the management of the scheme with reference to Part VII of The Building (Procedures)(Scotland) Regulations 2004, the certification handbook and the requirements set out in the scheme guide, the certification handbook and the requirements set out in the scheme guide.

Scheme Provider Date of Audit Report
BRE October 28, 2015 Audit Report
BRE July 9-10, 2012 Audit Report
BRE October 18-19, 2010 Audit Report
BRE June 21, 2010 Re-audit Report
BRE October 6-7, 2009 Audit Report
BRE October 9, 2008 Audit Report
NICEIC February 19, 2014 Audit Report
NICEIC December 6-7, 2011 Audit Report
NICEIC January 20-21, 2010 Audit Report
NICEIC October 16-17, 2007 Audit Report
NICEIC September 19-20, 2006 Audit Report
RIAS February 9, 2016 Audit Report
RIAS November 12-13, 2012 Audit Report
RIAS November 25-26, 2010 Audit Report
RIAS April 27, 2010 Re-audit Report
RIAS November 17-18, 2009 Audit Report
RIAS October 15, 2008 Audit Report
SELECT July 1, 2014 Audit Report
SELECT February 20-21, 2012 Audit Report
SELECT March 22-23, 2010 Audit Report
SELECT February 28-29, 2008 Audit Report
SELECT February 22-23, 2007 Audit Report
SELECT February 23-24, 2006 Audit Report
SER Ltd. June 27, 2013 Audit Report
SER Ltd. May 10-11, 2011 Audit Report
SER Ltd December 11-12, 2008 Audit Report
SER Ltd. November 9-10, 2006 Audit Report
SER Ltd. November 1-2, 2005 Audit Report
SNIPEF December 10, 2015 Re-audit Report
SNIPEF December 4, 2014 Audit Report
SNIPEF June 18-19, 2012 Audit Report
SNIPEF June 6-7, 2011 Audit Report