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Checklist for Joining a Part P Scheme

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 6th August 2013

Practically every electrician out there knows of the importance and advantages of joining a Part P Scheme. However with so many different opinions about the different scheme providers and what their joining requirements might be, we decided to speak directly to the main scheme providers to find out what the joining requirements actually are.

Part P was introduced in 2005 and became a defining minimum standard for electrical safety within domestic properties.  This means that electrical works notifiable under the Part P Building Regulations must be certified either via a local authority or through self certification schemes such as the NICEIC, ELECSA and NAPIT.

However at a cost of £150 upwards for a local authority to assess electrical work, it makes far more sense for electricians to join a Part P scheme and to date there are over 25,000 contractors registered with a Part P Scheme and over 1 million jobs per year are notified.

Who are the main scheme providers?

The main scheme providers are well known throughout the electrical industry as the NICEIC, NAPIT and ELECSA.  On the face of it, they all seem to offer the same essential services – that is to be able to certify electrical work and provide a warranty to the customer for work carried out.

Taking a look in the search engines, it is easy to see why it quickly becomes difficult to decide which scheme provider to select when taking a look at how each scheme provider describe themselves:

NICEIC – the home of contracting excellence

NAPIT – the complete solution

ELECSA – in a major partnership with the ECA and NICEIC

The ECA, NICEIC and ELECSA are operated by an organisation known as Certsure LLP.  A significant part of this partnership was the creation of the Electrical Safety Register which all electricians registered with the NICEIC, ECA and ELECSA are listed in.  Approximately 80% of Part P registrants are on this register.

NAPIT offer their members their own register known as the Electric Safe Register which was created at the same time as the Electrical Safety Register.  The Electric Safe Register is open to all 7 DCLG approved competent person scheme providers and all are encouraged to join.

How do I join a scheme provider?

Once you have achieved the relevant qualifications to join there are a number of things you will need to have in place.  To save you time, we have done the hard work for you by producing a checklist of requirements for the NICEIC, NAPIT and ELECSA.

Joining either ELECSA or NICEIC is straightforward.  Contractors undergo an assessment process covering a representative sample of their work, their premises, documentation, equipment and competence of key supervisory staff.

The assessment is split into 2 sections – office and on site.  The office assessment is there to ensure you have sufficient systems in place to provide a good customer service and the on site assessment assesses technical competence.

Office Assessment Checklist

Warranty: All installers must provide clients with a warranty for completed work.  Prior to registering with a self certification scheme, the work can be signed off by a local authority who takes responsibility for the work.

Certification: Adequately completed certificates should be available for review.  Again, if you are registering with a Part P scheme for the first time, these should be completed by the local authority signing off your work.

Technical Library: The latest copy of BS7671 and the On site Guide are to be held along with a copy of the Memorandum of Guidance to the Electricity at Work Regulations and Approved Document P.

Job Notifications: On surveillance visits, all work undertaken during the past 12 months will be checked to ensure work which is notifiable has been notified.  Surveillance visits can be carried out for both new Part P scheme joiners and existing members.

Public Liability Insurance: At least £2 million must be held and the certificate produced to prove the insurance is current.

Test Equipment: All test meters require a certificate of calibration or a record of regularly taken test results against a calibrated check box.

On Site Assessment Checklist

Traditionally, this involves the checking of at least 2 previous jobs to ensure the work complies with BS7671:2008 and the Building Regulations.  The work must have been carried out within the last 12 months.

 

NAPIT has streamlined their joining system to make it easier for trades people to understand the membership requirements and what they are required to do. Once you have registered you will need to make sure you have the following things available:

 

Office Assessment Checklist

£2 million public liability insurance and £250,000 professional indemnity insurance

A calibration certificate needs to be issued to NAPIT

Technical Reference Documents: The latest copy of BS7671 and the On site Guide are to be held along with a copy of the Memorandum of Guidance to the Electricity at Work Regulations and Approved Document P.

On Site Assessment Checklist

An installation with a minimum of 2 new circuits will be assessed which can be located in a customers home, friends or family or even your own home.

Talking about the benefits of joining NAPIT, Martin Bruno NAPIT COO says “Our members chose NAPIT because they want to be able to legally self-certify their own work. They also join us to gain the esteem that comes with membership of a professional organisation and the ability to display the NAPIT logo as a mark of trust and assurance to their customers.

We offer a Complete Solution which can significantly reduce costs for those who need to notify across multiple trades, along with a host of additional benefits which include; technical support, a legal helpline, consumer publicity, an online forum, a work quality guarantee scheme for Competent Person Scheme members, a regular magazine and newsletters, discounted training, and competitively priced tools and equipment for both hire and purchase.

More importantly NAPIT are a Trade Association, giving our members a ‘voice’.  National Trade Association meetings between NAPIT Registered Installers are held throughout the year across the country to discuss the issues that effect them at a local level, these are then reported back and NAPIT assist in resolving them.  Along with industry surveys and consultations with our members, this is something we work hard at growing to support our membership.”

Conclusion

Contractors often find that they get a lot out of the assessment experience when suitably prepared.

Many electricians find it provides a useful opportunity to discuss technical issues of their own with the assessors, as although there to assess you they are always happy to act as a 'sounding board' by providing useful information to improve your electrical work and ultimately your business.

 

Categories: napit, niceic, elecsa, part p

Come See Us At The NAPIT Expo 6th June 2013

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 7th May 2013

We will be exhibiting at the NAPIT Expo on the 6th June 2013 at the Copthorne Hotel, Effingham Gatwick. There a lots of reasons to attend such as bargain meter calibration, loads of useful Q&A sessions, free food and drink plus lots of offers and discounts on the day. To find out more read the press release below;

The NAPIT Expo will feature some familiar faces and more than a few new exhibitors.  The innovative Q&A sessions that proved so popular last year will also make a welcome return, as will NAPIT’s discount meter calibration service, a bargain at just £30 + VAT. With exclusive on-the-day-discounts and great networking opportunities, this will be an industry event that’s not to be missed!

The packed list of exhibitors already set to attend includes: Aico, Amtech, Brother, Buy With Confidence, Eco Skies, Fluke, Grant UK, Kewtech, Martindale Electric, Megger, Metrel, NVC Lighting, Testo, Trustmark, and Wera Tools. This year’s EXPO will also give you the opportunity to find out firsthand why everyone’s been talking about the pioneering competent electricians register, ElectricSafe.

But it’s not just industry leading exhibitors that are set to make this year’s NAPIT EXPO bigger and better than ever before. Three unique Q&A sessions have also been confirmed. Promising to provide an insight into some of the most pressing issues affecting the industry today, each of these sessions will feature a short presentation before opening the topic to the floor for a fully interactive discussion.

‘Technically Speaking’ will turn confusion to clarity on some of the major technical questions affecting the electrical industry today and is sure to spark lively debate! Guest expert from the IET, Richard Townsend, will cover the latest version of the PAT Testing Code of Practice. NAPIT Technical Director Frank Bertie will consider vehicle charging points, regulation updates and changes to notifications. Trevor Milner from the NAPIT Technical Helpline will share some of the most interesting FAQ’s he encounters.

‘A Sustainable Future’ will see guest speaker Dr Lisa Clark from the University of Sheffield consider to the future of renewable energy, discuss different solar PV technologies and focus on the data collection methods and software tools developed at the Sheffield Solar Farm – a great source of information for budding solar installers. This Q&A session will also see NAPIT Director of Standards David Cowburn outline the latest MCS and Green Deal scheme updates.

‘Promoting Your Business’ will deliver specialist advice on how to stay ahead in the world of business.  Featuring guest expert Laila Benifaida from Trading Standards’ ‘Buy with Confidence’, this Q&A session gives you the inside track with expert advice on consumer law, Trading Standards and working in a domestic setting. NAPIT’s political and consumer facing plans for the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR) and the ElectricSafe Register, presented by NAPIT Chief Operating Officer Martin Bruno, will also feature.

With more details still to be announced, NAPIT EXPO 2013 is fast measuring up to be one of the most anticipated industry events of the year. To find out more and register for FREE entry, visit the NAPIT EXPO 2013 website at www.napitexpo.co.uk.

 

Categories: napit

Get exclusive NAPIT discounts when you train with Trade Skills 4U

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 11th May 2012

Because everyone loves a discount don’t they? 

That moment when you realise that your purchase is actually cheaper than you thought it would be? It’s a good feeling that can make all the difference in difficult times like these so we make sure we do our best to save your hard earned cash where ever we can. By building relationships with contacts in the industry, such as tools suppliers and accreditation bodies, we are able to pass on some great discounts to you, our customer.

So in addition to all the wonderful things we offer you, we’ve just added one more.

Building on our customer offering, we’ve teamed up with accreditation body NAPIT to offer you exclusive discounts on their competent person’s scheme, defined scope AND MCS accreditation schemes!

By bringing the cost of joining NAPIT down from £480 to £380 (Excluding VAT) those saved pounds will allow you to stretch to tool purchases, extra training needs or even that important tradesmen’s insurance that we all have to pay.

If this is something that interests you, contact Mr Mark Pearce on 01623 812984 or email him at mark.pearce@napit.org.uk and he will be able to talk to you about the discounts that can be applied to your NAPIT account having trained with Trade Skills 4U.

Why Join NAPIT?

This great offer is not the only reason to join NAPIT. This one flat fee also includes the following:

PIR, commercial & industrial work

Free technical helpline

Free legal helpline

Access to NAPIT online forum

NAPIT Trade Association Membership

Work quality guarantee on all notified work

No extra charges for periodics

So whatever you spend your savings on, spend it in the knowledge that you’ve trained with a company that has a habit of doing things properly and goes beyond their means to make sure your looked after long after you’ve left us.

Feels good to get more for your money doesn’t it?  Check out our full range of electrical courses and  renewable energy courses today.

Want to join NICEIC instead? Don’t worry we have built a similar relationship with them. Visit our NICEIC Fast Track Discount Page for more information.

 

Categories: napit, company news

Napit or Napit?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 24th February 2012

Here in the Trade Skills 4U office we have been debating the pronunciation of NAPIT. Although we are based in Gatwick we have a fairly strong northern contingent in the office who insist that NAPIT is pronounced Nay-Pit rather than Nap-It if we were to spell the word phonetically. After asking about in the office there is a real split in how people pronounce NAPIT but have found that the official pronounciation is actually Nay-Pit so the northerners are right!

So last thing on a Friday we thought we would have a bit of fun and put out a survey. So please if you can spare a couple of seconds and if you wish to engage in this highly debated subject please respond with your answer below:

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.

We will publish the results in two weeks and who knows maybe in the future we will take on other huge questions that the electrical industry needs to answer.

 

Categories: napit