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Do I need to join a domestic installer scheme?

Posted by Elaine Hammond on 2nd August 2017

This is a question we are often asked, however we believe before you make this decision you need to ask yourself what type of domestic electrical work you want to do once qualified and does that work require you to be part of a scheme.

To help you make a decision we have put together a summary of what a Domestic Installer Scheme is and how to become part of one.

What is a Domestic Installer Scheme

Domestic Installer schemes are designed to ensure that any electrical installations are carried out in accordance with the current Building Regulations.

Our advice is that once you have completed your electrical training and gained your qualifications, you will need to decide what type of domestic electrical work you will be undertaking, and decide whether it is financially viable for you to join a Government Approved Installer Scheme (sometimes known as Part P schemes).

Currently under Approved Document Part P electricians are permitted to do a lot of work without the need to notify Building Control, however, it is important to understand the type of jobs that require you to notify Building Control, these include;

Replacing new circuit board/consumer units

Installing a completely new circuit

Alteration or addition in special locations to an existing circuit (bathroom within zones)

If you decide that joining an approved installer scheme is right for you there are a few to choose from such as NICEIC, ELECSA and STROMA. However, it’s worth checking out what the scheme provider requirements are before you go ahead, as these are different for each provider.

Save money and time

You don’t have to join a scheme, but if you don’t you will need to notify building control every time to do work that is notifiable. This will mean more work as well as added costs (usually around £150 per job). That’s fine if you are not doing very much notifiable work but if you do more than 3 notifiable jobs per year it often makes financial sense to join a scheme, plus there is a host of other benefits such as support, using their logo on your marketing materials and a huge time saving too.

If you want to secure your own private business, or work as a sub-contractor you will need to be able to sign off your own work. By joining an approved installer scheme you will be able to sign off notifiable work and certify that it meets current regulations. This means that you won’t have to contact Building Control directly each time you complete a notifiable piece of work, or be supervised by another electrician to sign off your work. This can only be good news for you, as you will not only save time waiting for building control to turn up, but you will also save money that you would have had to pay out to another electrician.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer confidence

By belonging to a Part P scheme you/your business will be added to a central electrician’s register. This will mean that local customers will be able to find you with confidence that you are working to the current Building and Wiring Regulations and safety standards for domestic dwellings.

How much will it cost to join?

The annual membership fees for Domestic Installers vary by scheme providers and range from £240 to £445 + VAT (with discounts available for payment by annual DD). The fee usually includes one year’s membership, an initial on-line assessment plus the cost of an on-site practical assessment. The assessment is designed to ensure that you are a competent person and typically the type of on-site assessment will include two new circuits or work that has been carried out in the last 12 months.

Save £50 with NICEIC and ELECSA

When you train with us not only do you benefit from the exceptional training and state-of-the-art facilities, you will also benefit from a £50 discount when you join either the NICEIC or ELECSA (both part of Certsure) domestic installer schemes.

If you are interested in training as an domestic electrical installer we have a number of courses available to choose from. Please visit our course finder page to find out more.

Categories: niceic, elecsa, domestic installer scheme, stroma

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

NICEIC join forces with Trade Skills 4U to offer 'fast track' service

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 10th April 2012

Being a Trade Skills 4U customer has never been so good.

At Trade Skills 4U, we share the notion that there are no traffic jams along the extra mile. We take great pride in providing you with extra value services and products as a way of ensuring you not only receive a great experience with us whilst you train, but are able to take advantage of some of the offers and services we can provide to you long after you’re in the working world.

From our great affiliations with certifications bodies to our heavy discounts eligible through our partnership companies we now have one more too add to the benefits belt.

Introducing the ‘Fast Track Application.’

We have great relationships with all of our certification and accreditation bodies so enjoy their regular visits to our centre. They make sure that what we’re doing is up to scratch and good enough of you, our customers. Last week during one of our regular visits, the NICEIC were simply wowed by how great we are. They were particularly ‘amazed’ at how well we construct and deliver our domestic installer packages. Being the first company to offer packages in this manner, it was great to not only have their support but to receive commendations as to how clear and valid routes they are into becoming a fully qualified domestic installer. The NICEIC then suggested we offer a fast track service especially for us, which will enable all Trade Skills 4U customers to take advantage of the NICEIC’s belief in Trade Skills 4U training by helping to speed up the process of registering for NICEIC schemes as well as offer you some generous discounts.

More information of the fast track service plus details of how and when to apply, can be found on our NICEIC  Fast Track Page.

Being a Trade Skills 4U customer has never been so good.

 

Categories: niceic, domestic installer packages, company news