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British Standard Electrician – something to be proud of?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 26th November 2012

In a word - Absolutely – and something we feel strongly about at Trade Skills 4U.  We are keen to uphold the integrity of a British Standard Electrician and acknowledge the hard work and training undertaken in order to achieve such a high standard.

So what is a British Standard Electrician? This wonderfully 'unofficial' term to us means an electrician who has undertaken domestic electrician training and is registered as a Part P electrician.  In basic terms this means the electrician has undertaken electrician training in the UK and has obtained UK industry recognised qualifications.  Such qualifications include (but are not limited to) a City & Guilds (C&G) course, a 17th edition course or an electrical apprenticeship as well as being registered with a Part P body such as the NICEIC, NAPIT or ELECSA.

Unfortunately there will always be individuals who claim to understand home electrics who are neither qualified or registered.  By using these individuals you run the risk of your home being left in a dangerous condition and putting yourself and family members in danger – of course this is not a scenario you purposefully set up, but it is so easy to be influenced by cheaper prices by someone who sounds like a professional electrician.  We always say check qualifications and Part P registration first before agreeing to have any electrical work carried out in your home.

People fall into the hands of unregistered electricians easily – with the abundance of leaflets put through our letterboxes, all displaying very impressive logos, smart vans and uniforms, its easy to be taken in by good design and presentation without stopping to think it could be false advertising.  There is much publicity surrounding the use of unregistered tradespeople – unfortunately by using these individuals your work is neither insured or guaranteed.

When looking for a Part P Registered electrician, take your time and seek recommendations and references from the electrician and don't ever be tempted to use the services of a door to door trades person without checking their relevant credentials.  Many electricians use word of mouth recommendations from satisfied clients to gain their work.

It is a criminal offence nowadays to install home electrics that don't conform to Part P Regulations.  So if you have someone telling you that they know enough about electrics without attending any courses – do the sensible thing and walk away.  There are 2 routes that a qualified electrician or 'British Standard Electrician' will have taken to install electrics safely in your home.  These are either a C&G course with NVQ Assessment or a Part P Domestic Installer course.  Both of these routes are equally acceptable and commonplace within the electrical industry.

Being a British Standard electrician is certainly a title to be proud of.  They have the necessary skills and experiences to do a safe and certified job in your home.  Please use them and don't settle for anything less than our British high standards.