Criteria

Registration Criteria

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Minimum 3 years experience installing kitchens / bedrooms / bathrooms.

Eligibility to work in The United Kingdom, without restriction.

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No record of unspent criminal conviction*

Maintain Public Liability Insurance (£2m), with conditions (see below).

Be registered as or sub-contract to a compliant electrician.
Be registered as or sub-contract to a Gas Safe Registered engineer (kitchens).
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 Maintain Employers Liability Insurance (£5m), if registering 2+ installers.

Work surface fabricators must hold Abrasive Wheel Certification.

Must register all installers that represent your business.

Meet Health & Safety Executive regulation relating to Asbestos Awareness.
Agree to undertake annual Continual Professional Development (CPD).
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Agree to BiKBBI Terms & Conditions of Membership.

The application process

How the application process works

The application process is split over four stages:

1. ONLINE APPLICATION
Applicants complete a simple online application which takes less than 3 minutes to complete. You will not need payment information, nor will you need any documents – Just your contact information.

2. PAYMENT
Make payment online using our secure payment portal (powered by Stripe), or a member of our team will make contact within 2 business days to take payment in accordance with our registration fees. All you need at this point is a credit or debit card for payment over the phone.

3. DOCUMENT SUBMISSION
Once payment is received, we’ll send you a link for you to submit your full application – to include our online document portal. This portal allows us to manage applications securely and efficiently. See below for the information we’ll need.

4. REGISTRATION COMPLETE
Once we’ve completed our checks, registration will be granted and you will receive an email with details of your new registration number and expiry date. Shortly after you will receive your registration welcome pack by post, to include your registration certificate, ID card and  van sticker.

Unanswered questions? Check our our FAQ’s Page.

Three Customer References
Applicants must submit details of three customer references for work completed over the last 12 months.

Reference information required:

  • Their full name; and
  • Their email address.

References must:

  • Be from genuine customers for whom your business has worked for;
  • Be willing to receive a site inspection.

We recommend applicants seek permission from their customers before submitting details to BiKBBI as part of the application.

HMRC Documentation

Applicants must submit evidence of their registration with HM Revenue & Customs. Documents accepted:

  • CIS Card; or
  • HMRC Official Paperwork; or
  • UTR Number on your accountants headed paper; or
  • A payslip from an employer.

Not accepted:

  • Emails from HMRC.
Certificate of Incorporation (if LTD / LLP / PLC)

The following categories businesses must provide their certificate of incorporation issued by Companies House:

  • Limited (LTD)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Public Limited Company (PLC)

In the event you are a business as defined above, but you do not submit a certificate of incorporation as part of your application, our team will make direct enquiries with Companies House to validate your status.

Sole traders do not need to submit to this criteria.

Formal Identification

Applicants must submit one of the following forms of formal identification.

The document must be valid at the time of application:

  • Passport (ID page); or
  • Driving Licence (Photocard); or
  • National Identity Card (Photocard).

We do not accept:

  • Any other form of identification.
Photograph

Applicants must submit a passport quality photograph for each installer proposed for membership.

The photograph must be:

  • A clear, unobstructed head shot of passport quality;
  • Against a blank background where possible.

The photograph:

  • Can be taken on a smartphone or photo booth;
  • Must show the full face, straight on;
  • Must not include sunglasses or headwear.
  • Will be used for your official BiKBBI Licence Card.
Criminal Disclosure

IMPORTANT

* Applicants must submit a Certificate of Basic Disclosure for each installer proposed for membership. All applications are processed without prejudice, in accordance with The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974), in the strictest of confidence and in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

If applicants have previous convictions, it may be worth calling our team in confidence to discuss prior to application. Disclosure which includes an applicants registration on ViSOR (Violent & Sex Offenders Register), or those with repeat unspent patterns of offending will be rejected. Driving offences are not considered within our process.

WHAT WE NEED TO SEE

The certificate must be issued by the relevant authority, which will be determined by your home address:

ENGLAND & WALES:
The Disclosure & Barring Service

SCOTLAND:
Disclosure Scotland

NORTHERN IRELAND:
Access NI


WORTH NOTING

We are aware of businesses that (legitimately) operate a service whereby they make the application to DBS on the applicants behalf. We also know that this service comes with an administration fee.

We recommend that applicants make their application to the relevant body (listed above) removing unnecessary costs and processing delays.

The certificate:

  • Must include all pages; and
  • Must be dated within the last 24 months;
  • Must either be a copy of the original certificate OR the official digital certificate.

Process Times:

Process times are approximately 2-3 weeks currently. We suggest you make your application to for BASIC DISCLOSURE at the same time as making your application to us.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Expiry:

Whilst DBS certificates do not have an expiry date, our Terms & Conditions state that certificates must not be older than 2 years and therefore we will request an updated DBS certificate on each 2 year anniversary from the issue date.

We do not accept:

  • Screenshots of emails confirming the application;
  • Receipts for submissions;
  • Applications for DBS.

Disclosure Scotland:

We only accept certificates issued by Disclosure Scotland if you reside in Scotland. If you live in England or Wales, or Northern Ireland you must make your application to the relevant organisation (above).

Public Liability Insurance Documents

Applicants are required to submit documentation relating to Public Liability Insurance.

Applicants will need to submit both the certificate of insurance, as well as all pages of the Full Policy Schedule.

The document must include the following information:

  • Your name or company name
  • Your address or company address
  • The policy number
  • The policy expiry date
  • The words ‘public liability’ and
  • Indemnity cover no less than £2m
  • If more than one installer is registered, Employers Liability must be included with no less than £5m indemnity;
  • The business activity relevant to your trade (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom installer).

Exclusions:

The policy must not contain any of the following exclusions – We suggest you review the exclusions prior to submitting the document:

  • Heat exclusions (except bedroom only installers);
  • Height exclusions must not relate to a restriction on the number of storeys (floors) within properties you operate.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • If in doubt about what you need to send, send everything the insurer issued you(!).

BiKBBI Insurance Services

Applicants can apply for a free, no obligation quote by clicking here.

For more information about our insurance requirement, read our guide.

Electrical Safety Credentials

All applicants must supply credentials in relation to electrical safety.

The document we will need to see:

  • Current registration certificate to an electrical body (listed below);

The document can be:

  • The applicants; or
  • The applicants nominated sub-contractor.

Electrical Registration Body’s we accept:

  • NICEIC
  • ELECSA
  • NAPIT
  • SELECT

Expiry:

We expect to see a future expiry date listed on the registration certificate.

NICEIC: Of the electrical body’s above, NICEIC do not issue annual certificates. Therefore, if you are / use an NICEIC electrician, you will need to submit a copy of their original registration certificate (both on new applications and renewals).

Gas Safety Credentials (Kitchen applicants only)

kitchen applicants must supply credentials in relation to gas safety.

The documents we will need to see:

  • Registration Certificate issued by Gas Safe Register; and
  • The Gas Safe Register ID card (FRONT); and
  • The Gas Safe Register ID card (BACK).

The document can be:

  • The applicants; or
  • The applicants nominated sub-contractor

Our team will:

  • Validate the name & registration number on the certificate; and
  • Using the reverse of the ID Card, will check for expiry dates against:
    • Domestic Gas Installation: Pipework
    • Domestic Gas Installation: Cookers

 

Asbestos Awareness Certificate

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) requires those who carry out refurbishment projects within domestic properties (constructed pre-2000) to have a level of Asbestos Awareness.

Applicants must supply:

  • A certificate of Asbestos Awareness dated within the last 12 months.

Once the above FULL Asbestos Awareness Certificate has been obtained, BiKBBI members can submit refresher certificates annually thereafter (see below).

A discounted online Asbestos Awareness Certificate is available to BiKBBI applicants. Visit our partners at Central Compliance UK.

Abrasive Wheel Certificate

Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), it is a legal requirement for those involved in the use of abrasive wheels to be properly trained. These regulations have totally replaced the Abrasive Wheels Regulations 1970 for the safe handling, storing, mounting and use of grinding wheels.

Fabricator applicants must supply:

  • A certificate of Abrasive Wheel Compliance dated within the last 24 months.

Once the above FULL Certificate has been obtained, BiKBBI members can submit refresher certifcates annually thereafter (see below).

Abrasive Wheel Certification is available at Essential Skills

Declaration

In addition to the submission of documentation, applicants must agree to a number of additional points:

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