Part P and Electrical FAQ
We have compiled out PDF Part P Guide for beginners which you can download by clicking the image below:
We have answered some common questions about Part P and our electrical courses below. If you are looking for a Part P course please visit our electrical courses section.
What are the routes to becoming an electrician?
You essentially have two routes and which one you take depends on the time you have to train and where you want to go with your electrical career.
To become a quote ’ fully qualified electrician’ you would go via the City & Guilds 2365 qualification then onto an NVQ assessment. We offer this route, it generally takes around 8 months intensive training to complete.
Or via the Part P route to become a Domestic electrical Installer on the shorter 4 Week Course then add the various qualifications as you go along i.e. City & Guilds 2391. You can then build on these qualifications as you gain more experience. This route has the advantage of being a quicker route, though initially you would not be able to do some work a 2365 person would do. i.e. Commercial installations.
Either of these routes are acceptable and are common place within the industry.
I know a lot about electrics already, can I do installations myself without attending electrical training courses?
Probably not, it's very doubtful if you know enough to be a competent person without any formal electrical training. Plus it is now a criminal offence punishable by a £5000 fine if a non competent person installs electrics in a home that doesn’t comply to Part P regs.
Your installations must conform to the new Part P Building Regulations. Our electrical courses are probably the fastest way to make sure that your work will be of a standard that always conforms to Part P regulations.
What is Part P?
From January 2005 electrical installation work in dwellings became subject to 'New Building Regulations Part P', enforced by local Building Control Authorities.
Failure to comply with regulations is a criminal offence.
This requirement includes all installations whether professional or DIY.
I need to do electrical installations, what are my options to comply with Part P regulations?
You have 3 options:
Self certification - registering as a competent person under the DISQ Domestic Installer's Qualification Scheme.
Notification - Notifying Building Control in advance of work to be undertaken so they can inspect the work, which must comply with BS 7671( 17th Edition) and Part P regulations.
Third Party Certification - From the 6th April 2013 you will be able to ask registered third party electrician to certify your work
Can I get Part P electrical installation training with your company?
We train you to be a competent person and provide you with recognised qualifications recognised by all five awarding bodies e.g. Napit, Niceic, Elecsa, Eca, Bsi.
We train you to the standard you need to get Part P certification and then take you through a series of assessments and tests.
Once you have completed your training with us you can then apply to register with one of the 5 awarding bodies mentioned above. You will need to demonstrate your competency and your 17th Edition Wiring Regs qualification also.
It's as simple as that - and that's where we come in!
Why should I get Part P registered?
Well if you’re going to do Domestic Installations as a job you simply have to register, you really have little choice, but as I’m sure you already know, it's a very lucrative qualification to have under your belt, but it's also down to your personal goals, economics and convenience.
Don’t forget you will have to conform to Part P Regulation and BS 7671 (17th Edition). Hence a requirement of a Competent Person scheme body i.e. NICEIC is that you must also have your 17th Edition City & Guilds 2382 qualification.
What electrical experience do I need ?
You need to be able to install electrical fittings and equipment proficiently and safely, for this reason we run a Domestic Installation Workshop TS4U-MOD1 course that runs for over a period of 5 Days.
We also run the City & Guilds 2392, Inspection and Testing Course, which has proved very useful for those who perhaps have little experience in these areas and that often includes experienced electrical contractors.
To encourage you to do the correct and expected range of courses and qualifications and not the barest minimum, we have put together the 4 Week Bronze Course.
We have trained literally thousands of people through this superb bundle of courses and we know it’s the best route to success.
"I have just done a Bronze course at the end of last year; as a result of that I have been given a full time position to work as an electrician for the estates dept within the NHS - thanks to your courses!"
Angelo Giordano, Woking
Part P FAQ Summary
If you plan to do any sort of domestic electrical installations you need to receive formal training.
If you want to be a competent person and/or Part P registered, then you will need to have formal training to become a competent person.
Tradeskills 4u provide you with that formal training, quickly, at reasonable competitive cost and we think we do it better than anyone else.
Our customers constantly tell us so!
17th Edition FAQ Summary
The 17th Edition became live from July 2008 and practicing electrical installers will need to gain their 17th Edition.
Tradeskills4u will provide all the necessary professional training and support to enable you to successfully gain your 17th Editon wiring regs qualification!