Mónica de la Cruz
Papers # 2012 Barcelona
As plastic pipes industry committed to quality it is important not only to offer quality certified pipes and fittings but also to ensure their installation is done properly. The skill of the operator is essential for the assurance of the quality of his work and to avoid deficiencies in the installation which could affect water, environment and the image of plastic pipes. With the aim of improving quality in installation AseTUB (the Spanish association of plastic pipes and fittings manufacturers) established in 2004 an educational program through practical training courses to qualify installers on the installation of PVC-U, PVC-O, PE, PP and GPR piping systems for water supply, sewage and irrigation. Since then, more than 120 courses have been organised and over 1.200 installers have been qualified and accredited by AseTUB as specialised installers with a professional card. This accreditation meets the need for skilled plastic pipes layers and it is highly requested by contractors and water authorities. This initiative shows the important role the national trade association can play to contribute to the quality of the plastic piping networks. KEYWORDS : Installation, operator, card, skills, quality.