Are you using an unregistered electrician? Make sure they are a member of NICEIC
NICEIC is the UK’s leading regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for nearly sixty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors.
NICEIC has developed a reputation amongst consumers, specifiers of work and industry for promoting safety, integrity and technical excellence. NICEIC contractors undergo a rigorous assessment process, covering a representative sample of their work, their premises, documentation, equipment, and the competence of their key supervisory staff. They are then re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.
Further to this the government has released the Electrical Competent Person Scheme. All electricians listed and permitted to display the CPS mark are registered with an electrical Competent Person Scheme Operator, and have been authorised by Government to self-certify that their work is compliant with Building Regulations. This means they meet strict entry requirements, their work is regularly assessed, demonstrating their ability and ongoing competence, and that it meets the correct standards.
So what are the benifits to using a registered electrician?
They work to the British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671)
They meet strict entry requirements, which take account of qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and insurance policies
Their work is regularly assessed by a Government-approved Scheme Operator to ensure their ongoing competence and that it meets the correct standards
They will give you a BS7671 certificate to confirm that their work has been designed, inspected and tested in line with the BS7671 electrical safety standard. If the work is notifiable, they will also arrange a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate to confirm compliance with Building Regulations, which should be issued to you by their Scheme Operator within 30 days of the completion of the installation.
They are permitted to self-certify their work against the Building Regulations, saving you the need to notify the work with your Local Authority Building Control department
They have valid insurance policies in place, including Public Liability Insurance
All Government-approved scheme operators have a complaints procedure, which means they will investigate complaints about registered electricians who have not complied with technical standards
They have been authorised by Government to self-certify that their work is compliant with Building Regulations.
If you require any information about registered and competant electricians or need an NICEIC electrician for work at your home please use the contact page on our website and we will be happy to help.
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