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NICEIC Clarifies Routes for Domestic Installers & Qualified Supervisors

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 26th July 2013

Since the 6th April 2013 there has been much confusion in the industry with regards to the qualifications required to register on a Domestic Installer Scheme. Changes published by the IET in the EAS Scheme Document signalled that a new Qualified Supervisors Course was to become the main entry point to the industry.

Trade Skills 4U (as well as numerous other establishments) informed all our customers of the upcoming changes and naturally people looked to get registered before the 6th April deadline as there was a definite answer as to which qualifications would be required. Since the 6th of April there has been a lack of clarity in the industry as to who can register on a Domestic Installer Scheme.

This week NICEIC and ELECSA have been the first scheme providers to come out and firmly say that realistically it is business as usual, and that there are in fact several routes through to application. They have published a press release stating:

As of April 6 this year the technical competence requirements, as set out by the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification Management Committee (EAS), changed for proposed Qualified Supervisors.

A new “Level 3” requirement was developed and introduced for anyone wanting to apply to become a Qualified Supervisor after April 5th. Believing this may have caused some confusion, NICEIC and ELECSA have moved to allay the concerns contractors might have, and have introduced some factsheets that explain the requirements.

“In the run up to April both NICEIC and ELECSA noticed a sharp rise in applications for its schemes as contractors sought to 'beat the new requirements' – largely due to stories circulating in the media saying the new requirements would make it harder to become a Qualified Supervisor,” commented Alan Wells, Certification and Standards Director at NICEIC.

“We want to let contractors know that this is definitely not the case. The new qualification was designed to produce safer working practices within the industry and those with the relevant experience and technical competence really have nothing to fear.”

There are now five different routes for domestic installer schemes  through to satisfying the requirements for registration as a Qualified Supervisor, including on-site assessment, off-site assessment, a mixture of both and the gaining of appropriate qualifications.

To help contractors understand the new requirements NICEIC and ELECSA have produced some handy information sheets. 

To download them click here.

Categories: qualified supervisor, domestic installer

New Qualified Supervisor Course Launched – EAL 7695

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 20th February 2013

We have said it before and will say again 2013 is going to be a year of much change in the electrical industry. In line with a number of changes taking place on the 6th April a new qualification has been launched by EAL designed specifically for those looking to register is a Qualified Supervisor for Domestic Installations.

As the leading electrical training company in the UK, Trade Skills 4U are again at the forefront of bringing this qualification to market. We have been working hard to get ready for the new course building rigs, planning how we will deliver lessons and assessments and also assisting with the development of the course itself.

We are proud to announce that we will be the first centre in the UK to deliver the new EAL 7695 qualification officially titled the “EAL Level 3 Certificate in Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installations in Dwellings (QCF)”. Now that is a bit of a mouthful to say the least so we prefer to refer to it as the EAL 7695 Qualified Supervisor Course.

This course is specifically designed for anyone looking to register as a qualified supervisor for domestic installation who have previous experience of domestic.

What is a qualified Supervisor?

Any business that registers on a Competent Persons scheme from the 6th April 2013 must have a Qualified Supervisor who meets the new minimum requirements. The qualified supervisor is essentially responsible for the safety, technical standards and quality of all electrical installation work within a business. For self employed sparkies the qualified supervisor and installer are the one and the same person. As such if you are looking to be self employed you must fulfil the minimum requirements.

The new minimum requirements represent a very clear statement that the domestic electrical installer route is now clearly recognised and is here to stay.

EAL & NICEIC Leading the way

EAL is the specialist, employer recognised awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing, building services and related sectors. NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for over fifty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors. They have also developed the Electrical Safety Register, ensuring the industry is in safe hands for the electrician and the customer.

Their new partnership not only means they will be developing some of the best qualifications for the electrical industry, it also enables them to provide an exceptional level of on-going support and assessment.

For more information please call 01293 529777.

 

Categories: qualified supervisor

Are You Ready For Changes To Qualified Supervisor And New Part P Requirements?

Posted by Carl Bennett on 24th January 2013

For some time the industry has been looking at the qualifications and skills required to operate as a Registered Competent person, (now known as a Qualified Supervisor) to formalise with regulation those who might work with electrics in any capacity. After two years or more of deliberation they are set to change the qualification route and coincide with the changes to Building regulations on 6th April 2013.

Why The Change?

Well safety for one and raising standards for those involved in the installation of electrics is another, something that has been championed many times in this magazine.

Let’s face it, at the moment, anyone completely untrained or un qualified can go into an electrical supplier and grab anything off the shelf and install it with virtually no regulation check or legal consequence. Surely that situation can’t be right, not only is it potentially unsafe but it also undermines the electrical and related trade industries and makes it difficult for small contractor companies to compete with unregistered installers.

So the powers that be have got to grips with this issue and are bringing in a few important changes.

What are the most significant changes?

Well they’ve changed the status of some currently notifiable work to become non notifiable.

They’ve brought in ability for a Third party certifier to certificate another’s work.

They’ve raised the bar for the Qualified Supervisor requiring them to have a laid down set of qualifications and experience.

They’ve stated that anyone involved in the installation, inspection and testing of notifiable electrical work that would use the Building Control certification system, to be competent and qualified.

It enables long serving but unqualified ‘Sparkies’ a route to proper recognition of their experience to become Qualified Supervisors.

There are of course a number of other changes to building regulations in addition to the ones above but we think these are the most significant.

These changes represent a clear legal requirement for people to be qualified and competent, no matter how tenuous their involvement in electrical installation and gives realistic options for experienced operators and that must be a positive.

Couple that with the initiative of the Electrical Safety register and we are heading towards a voluntary upgrading of standards with an ambition of a fully perhaps mandatory licenced system in the future? Who knows .

The new changes reflect the diverse and developing nature of the many industries and trades that are involved in electrical installation work, whether you’re happy with the changes or not, they’ve been made, so we all must work within them, including training providers like Tradeskills4U. Smart businesses adapt, we will certainly have to.

Opportunities?

The entrepreneurs amongst you will have noticed a few opportunities, like becoming a Third Party certifier or a Qualified Supervisor of other trades, certainly the electrical contractors that can offer the most services will prosper. Maybe a register of third party certifiers is a good idea?

So the clear message from the Electrical establishment is get properly qualified, register on a Competent persons scheme and an Electrical Safety Register. Only by encouraging those involved in electrical installations in whatever capacity, to do the right thing, can the electrical industry progress for the benefit of all.

 

Categories: qualified supervisor, part p