What can BESA do for you?

BESA is the trade body for the building engineering services sector.

Who is besa?   

BESA membership prides itself on being the Trade Association for members active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration services in buildings.

We are an exclusive 'community' and are the 'united voice' for our members, representing them on key issues impacting the sector to government, clients and specifiers.  

BESA members demonstrate their competence and compliance by completing the BESA Competence Assessment Standard (CAS) - a business audit and technical audit, to be eligible to enter and remain within membership. 

WE promise to HELP OUR MEMBERS...

WIN MORE WORK

BE SUPPORTED

GET PAID

DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE AND COMPLIANCE 

 

HOW DO WE HELP MEMBERS WIN MORE WORK?

BESA is THE badge of quality – the elite club they want their business to be a member of. Many tenders with large contractors, Government and local authorities now specify they want BESA members to complete the work. Why? Because they know they can evidence technical excellence and demonstrate competency and compliance, the best of the best in building engineering services.

 

HOW DO WE SUPPORT OUR MEMBERS?

At the core of our membership we have a number of in-house departments which include experts leading in technical, health and safety, legal, commercial and contractual, training, employment affairs and HR. They offer bespoke support and guidance free of charge to our members.

We also have a vast range of bolt on member benefits that can be tailored to their business needs which range from discounted business insurance, free company credit check, free jobs board to discounted technical standards, FM software and employee benefits.

 

HOW DO WE HELP MEMBERS GET PAID? 

Working rules, wages, terms and conditions for Operatives in the industry are contained in the National Agreement, operated jointly between the trade union, Unite (on behalf of Operatives) and BESA (on behalf of Employers). They can use our in-house legal experts for contractual advice and use our free company credit check facility.

 

HOW DO WE HELP THEM DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE AND COMPLIANCE?

 Gaining the BESA CAS accreditation and being part of the BESA community – we only allow the best of the best into membership. We also have a number of certification schemes – SKILLcard, REFCOM F-Gas and REFCOM Elite, BESCA Vent Hygiene Elite and BESCA Competent Person Scheme, all ensuring their members have the skills, qualifications and technical know how to do the job competently and compliantly. Our online Academy also ensures their workforce are fully trained and qualified.

We have a vast range of technical standards and publications, written by the industry for the industry. These are free or heavily discounted and can ensure They are completing their works to the highest of standards.

 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION

 

 

IN SCOPE TURNOVER* (£) 

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION 

 (including audit fee) 

Band 1 

Up to 750,000 

£780.00 

Band 2 

750,001 - 2,900,000 

£2,750.00 

Band 3 

2,900,001 - 18,000,000 

£7,000.00 

Band 4 

18,000,001 - 53,000,000 

£17,500.00 

Band 5 

53,000,001 upwards 

£25,000.00 

 

*In scope defined as being active in installation, commissioning, control, maintenance and repair work covering;

Renewable technologies, ductwork, heating & plumbing services, air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pumps, services and facilities (hard FM, ductwork maintenance, ductwork cleaning & vent hygiene), automatic control systems, fire protection engineering, automatic fire systems.

 

To find out more about BESA membership email membership@thebesa.com or call 0345 646 1044.  

INTRODUCING BESA KNOWLEDGE...save 50%

BESA has an online extensive library of BESA technical publications and standards. BESA Members and installers of our Affiliate Partner Programmes receive a 50% discount on all publications!

Latest BESA Technical Publications include: 

And many more can be found here or download our best sellers catalogue here.

 

INTRODUCING BESA ACADEMY...SAVE 20%

The leading learning solution for building services engineers, BESA Academy enables you to enhance your skills, further your career and ensure you remain fully qualified and competent.

They offer a range of online training courses with BESA members receiving a 50% discount and installers of our Affiliate Partner Programmes receiving a 20% discount. 

  • Health, Safety and Environment Course £76 +VAT (full price £95 + VAT) 
  • F-Gas Renewal Category 1 and Category 2 £236 +VAT (full price £295 + VAT) 
  • Working with Flammable Refrigerants £76 +VAT (full price £95 + VAT)  
  • F-Gas Awareness £20 + VAT (full price £25 + VAT) 

NB these full courses are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric

 

FREE ONLINE CPD

The Academy also provides free CPD. The CPD content has been provided by BESA Affiliate members and is CIBSE approved:

  • History of Legionella & Legionella within Hot and Cold Water Systems – Altecnic 
  • Reducing Risk when Specifying Building and Industrial Services Pipework – Tata 
  • Air and Dirt Separation – Flamco 
  • Understanding Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery for Commercial Applications – Airflow Developments 
  • HVAC System Air Filtration for Clean Healthy Indoor Air Quality – Camfil 
  • Monitor, React and Prevent Corrosion – HASL 
  • New Boilers on Old Heating Systems: Hydraulic Separation – Hamworthy Heating 
  • Compensation for Thermal Expansion – HASL 
  • Guide to Common Escape Routes – Smoke Control Association 
  • Euroclass A2 Vertical Façade Membranes – Smoke Control Association 
  • Metal Air Bricks for Building Applications into External Walls – Smoke Control Association 
  • Firestopping of Service Penetrations  

 Find out more about BESA Academy here.

 

INTRODUCING REFCOM AND REFCOM ELITE

REFCOM is the UK's number one F-Gas Register. REFCOM membership is more then being part of an F-Gas register, they offer free technical advice, guidance and support, they lobby with Government and offer a range of member benefits including free tracking software, log books, templates and discounted F-Gas training plus much more.

 

REFCOM F-GAS MEMBERSHIP COSTS

SIZE OF BUSINESS FULL CERTIFICATION 
(VALID FOR 3 YEARS)
Micro (sole trader)  £143
Small (2-9 engineers)  £184
Medium (10-49 engineers)  £372
Large (50+ engineers)  £680

 

REFCOM ELITE - DEMONSTRATING OVER 25 YEARS OF BEST PRACTICE IN REFRIGERANT MANAGEMENT

Enhance your F-Gas certification to REFCOM Elite and promote best practice in refrigerant management. Their voluntary scheme encourages working to industry codes of practice and compliance with the latest industry legislation. 

 

 

REFCOM ELITE MEMBERSHIP COSTS FOR NEW APPLICANTS

SIZE OF BUSINESS BESA MEMBERS NEW APPLICATION 
Micro (sole trader) Free  £330
Small (2-9 engineers)  £385
Medium (10-49 engineers)  £495
Large (50+ engineers)  £605
Multi-site application POA
Supplier £385 £385

 

REFCOM ELITE MEMBERSHIP COSTS FOR RENEWAL

SIZE OF BUSINESS BESA MEMBERS RENEWAL APPLICATION 
Micro (sole trader) Free £275
Small (2-9 engineers) £330
Medium (10-49 engineers)  £440
Large (50+ engineers)  £550
Multi-site application POA
Supplier £330 £330

All fees shown are subject to VAT at current rate.

 

INTRODUCING VENT HYGIENE ELITE...

The UK's number one Vent Hygiene Register - BESCA VHE allows businesses to self-certify specialist hygiene works carried out to ventilation systems in compliance with ¹TR19® specification. 

 

Since inception, VHE members have been able to certify the enhanced safety of more than 15,000 kitchen extract systems across the UK, meaning safer catering establishments for clients, owners and occupiers. 

The importance of demonstrating competence in making grease extract systems safer means that: 

Clients have a documented evidence of cleans and reduction of fire risk 

Building insurance providers specify VHE to reduce liability and risk 

Building managers have a clear maintenance regime to ensure continued fire risk reduction 

Occupiers have peace of mind they are in a safe environment 

VHE can demonstrate an industry sector prioritising safer systems, and ongoing, high standards of professional competence, and reduction of fire risks.   

 

VHE MEMBERSHIP COSTS

 

BESA Members 

Non BESA Members 

Joining and Renewal 

FREE 

£350 p/a (including audit fee) 

Notification fees 

£0.75 per notification 

£0.75 per notification 

 

Find out more about Vent Hygiene Elite here.