The complete list of trade associations for tradesmen

Trade associations exist within a number of different industries from agriculture to the arts, and are funded by member companies for the mutual benefit of them all. The role of a trade association is to enhance the public image of the industry and help educate the public about that industry. It also functions as a unified industry voice, which can lobby on legislation that might impact the industry’s products or services.

There are a number of different trade associations that support the construction and repair industries in particular. We’ve listed some of the core trade associations to help you find out more about which regulatory body you can become associated with to help support your business or organisation.

How do trade associations work?

Generally speaking, trade associations are non-profit making organisations as the function to protect the industry by focusing on areas of common concern. Members of a trade association must adhere to industry standards, which are maintained by fellow members. If a business falls below the required standards then they may face being excluded from the association and their business reputation could be damaged.

Trade associations can influence lawmaking and companies within the association can help promote legislation that supports their industry, or conversely, they can lobby against any legislation that they perceive may be harmful to their trades.

Trade associations and the public

Trade and business associations work hard to educate the public about what they do. They also encourage the public to utilise services and purchase goods from the industry as a whole rather from particular businesses within that association. This means tackling figures and presenting facts in a way that’s accessible, which helps individual businesses to grapple with that information so they can communicate it to customers as well.

While marketing, education and lobbying are some of the core activities of a trade association, they might also support particular events, conferences or members through sponsorship, if that activity serves to improve the provision of information at company level.

List of trade associations in construction

We’ve organised our list of construction and repair trades and related trade associations in the UK into categories. Look through them to see where to approach for the association that will support your particular business or trade.

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Builders

Chartered Institute of Building

  • Represents building professionals & managers who are qualified in range of building work

  • Members are designated ‘charter builders’

  • Members must abide by the institute’s Professional Code of Conduct

Construction Industry Trade Alliance

  • A UK trade association for builders and allied tradesmen in the construction industry

Federation of Master Builders

  • A trade association that gives the public advice on how to choose a builder and details builders in a particular area

  • Operates a warranty scheme

National House-Building Council

  • An independent organistion that maintains a register of builders of new houses.
  • Builders have to prove they are technically and financially competent, and agree to abide by the NHBC Rules and Standards.

National Federation of builders

  • A trade association providing services to builders.

  • Members follow a Code of Conduct.

  • Offers advice to the public on how to choose a builder.

Scottish Building federation 

  • A trade association for the construction industry in Scotland

Trustmark for Trusted Traders

  • A Government supported scheme.

  • Helps homeowners find firms to carry out repairs, improvement work and maintenance of gardens or home

Plumbers

 

 

 

Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors England and Wales  

  • Gives clients details of member firms in England and Wales.

  • Can investigate complaints against members when the complaints system cannot resolve the complaint.

Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering

  • Has a register of qualified plumbers

  • Members must follow code of professional standards

National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers

  • A government approved organisation

  • Maintains a register of electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation contractors

  • A professional organisation for the plumbing industry in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • Helps associates stay up to date with any changes in industry.

  • A multi-trade association and professional body

  • Promotes members to consumers in the construction industry

  • Works to enhance consumer confidence

Roofers

 

 

Confederation of Roofing Contractors

  • Has a Code of Practice, which its members must follow

  • Aims to resolve disputes without having to go to court

National Federation of Roofing Contractors  

  • Has a Code of Practice which members must follow.

  • Has services to resolve minor disputes.

  • Is the UK’s largest roofing trade organisation

  • Promotes improvement of skills and knowledge, for individuals working in the roofing industry, within the UK

  • Works with colleges, roofing training groups and other training providers, in order to ensure roofing management and technician courses are available.

  • Operates as a consultative body for drafting codes of practice, European standards and NBS documentation

Electricians

British Standards Institute – Kitemark Scheme for Electrical Installers

  • A scheme for electrical contractors to apply for a kitemark as evidence of being a certified installer

Electrical Safety Register

  • Helps people to find local, registered electricians who are part of the Competent Persons Scheme, which inspects, assesses and certifies competent contractors

NAPIT

  • A Government approved accreditation service in the building industry

  • Has registered installers in the electrical, heating, plumbing, ventilation, microgeneration and building fabric trades across the UK domestic, commercial and industrial markets

National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting

  • An independent consumer safety organisation which publishes a list of Approved Electrical Installation Contractors

  • Employs inspecting engineers to inspect work done by approved electrical contractors

Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA)  

  • A trade association, which represents the interests of those involved in the electrical equipment and services industry

  • Aims to create a comprehensive range of tools for members and works with regulatory bodies to build a sustainable industry

Tilers

The Tile Association

  • Represents all aspects of the wall and floor tile industry in the UK, from manufacture to installation

  • Aims to promote professionalism and technical standards in the tiling industry and to provide technical support to both members and their customers

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA)

  • A nonprofit trade association dedicated to the professional installation of ceramic tile and natural stone

Plasterers

  • Works to promote good business practice and professionalism in the plastering and drywall industry.

  • A contractor-led organisation, which requires all applicants to meet certain criteria to ensure high standards throughout the member-base

  • Promotes quality trades members

  • A nationally recognised multi-trade association, which endorses members to consumers and the home improvement sector, throughout the UK

Gas engineers

Gas Safe Register  

  • The official list of gas engineers who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances

  • By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register

IGEM

  • A chartered professional body, licensed by the engineering council

Energy Domestic Services (EDS)  

  • Offers solutions for Gas connections, electricity, water, telecoms and metering issues to domestic users located throughout the whole of UK

Window cleaners

Federation of window cleaners

  • An independent, non-profit making organisation supporting the needs of window cleaners in the UK

Master Guild of Window Cleaners

  • Aims to promote a more professional image of window cleaning industry

The Window Cleaners Alliance

  • A trade organisation for the window cleaning industry

  • Helps professional cleaners to become recognised

British Cleaners Association

  • Provides you with avenues to having your window cleaning needs taken care of by trustworthy, reliable trained professionals, through their cleaners association.

Handymen and repairmen

Association of certified handyman professionals  

  • A non- profit organisation of handyman professionals

  • ACHP-UK is open to all handymen who qualify

  United Handyman Association  

  • An association for the Handyman and the home repair consumer

  • An independent association that sets quality and standards for the handyman

  • Offers a certification program for handymen

 

The UK Guild of Handymen

  • Sets standards for professionals so consumers can have confidence in the handyman they employ

Painters and decorators

Painting and Decorating Association

  • Members must have five years' experience in the industry and comply with the Association's Code of Practice

  • Has a searchable database of members

Scottish Decorators Federation

  • Members must comply with the code of conduct

  • Operates an internal complaints and arbitration scheme

  • Promotes professionalism and integrity, and represents thousands of contractors in the field of painting and decorating

●A national organisation, which caters for the needs of professionals in the painting and decorating industry, within the UK

Welders

The Welding Institute

  • A professional engineering institution for the registration of people involved with welding and joining all over the world

National Welder Training Standard   

  • Established to bring about more uniformity in welder training in the UK

  • Aims to  ensure that welders’ job knowledge and competence is at an appropriate level

  • FMA provides technical information and educational opportunities for metal fabricators through conferences, magazines and research services

  • EWI provides welding and joining information through technical assistance, contract research, consultancy and training

  • Identifies areas in which joining and pressure vessel technology must be advanced

Engineers

Engineering Industries Association  

  • Promotes trade and represents the interests and aspirations of the UK engineering manufacturing sector.

British Engineering Manufacturers Association

  • Provides information for employers and employees.

Engineering Council  

  • The UK regulatory body for the engineering profession.

  • Holds the national registers of 222,000 engineering technicians, incorporated engineers, chartered engineers and information & communications technology technicians.

FEANI

  • A federation of professional engineers that unites national engineering associations from 34 European Higher Education Area (EHEA) countries.

  • Represents the interests of over 3.5 million professional engineers in Europe.

National society of professional engineers  

  • NSPE works to improve the lives of both the public and the professional engineers that serve it.

  • Aims to protect the integrity of the profession.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

  • Aims to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.

The Society of Professional Engineers

  • Maintains a register of engineers who have proved their competence and can be accurately described as Professional Engineers.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

  • A fast- growing engineering institution.

  • Has representatives in more than 140 countries.

Gardeners and landscapers

The Association of Professional Landscapers  

  • Comprises accredited landscape companies who design, build and maintain gardens throughout the UK.
  • Each member is inspected annually to ensure they have up-to-date insurances, comply with health and safety law and their quality of work is to the highest possible.

Royal Horticultural Society

  • Assists members of the public wishing to find a gardener, contractor, consultant or expert witness.

British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)  

  • Established to promote, support and inspire all professional landscapers, garden designers and landscape suppliers.
  • Delivers business, technical and promotional support to its members.

 

For an even more detailed breakdown of trade associations across a number of other industries and professions, you can visit the British Association's site .

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