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Certsure Follow Up on Select Committee Meeting with Message to Members

Posted by Carl Bennett on 17th January 2014

On the 13th January Emma Clancy (the CEO of Certsure) published a message to their members updating them of developments following their appearance in front of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.  The message contained some points that are quite significant for those working in the industry and seem to be very positive indeed for all. The key points covered were as follows:

1. One Single Register for Part P Electricians

Ever since the Electrical Safety Register and ElectricSafe Register were launched many in the industry have been asking why we can’t have one single register that allows consumers to easily identify where they can access the details for qualified electricians in their area. Certsure have confirmed that all the major scheme providers will be working together on a proposal for a single mark similar to Gas Safe. This is a pretty major development and can only benefit the industry as a whole.

2. Short Courses

There were submissions to the committee with regards to short courses as a means to enter onto a scheme. Trade skills 4U were instrumental in supplying evidence to the Select committee in this area. Emma Clancy was very clear in her message confirming that anyone registering on scheme must be thoroughly assessed on site. This means that it is the skills and competence of the individual that are the key to gaining accreditation with a scheme provider. She went to confirm that for some that wish to change career, a relevant combination of short courses are an affordable and realistic way to gain a qualification leading to assessment for registration.

3. Licensing electricians

The select committee had heard evidence suggesting that scheme providers should licence individual electricians rather than companies in the same way that Gas Safe is run. This would essentially bring an end to the company qualified supervisor model that is currently in effect and placing the responsibility on the individual contractor. However the suggestion for this did not fully address the cost burden for this especially for those who employ numerous electricians.

Emma Clancy highlighted that the current qualified supervisor system has worked for many years and continues to do so. Essentially if it isn’t broken then why are we looking to fix it. The current system balances costs with safety and is the best model especially for companies. The current regulations and scheme structures more than cover individuals in terms of ensuring that those working on electrical systems are safe to do so and this is spelled out in regulation 16 of the electricity at work regulations act where is states:

“No person shall be engaged in any work activity where technical knowledge or experience is necessary to prevent danger or where appropriate injury unless he possess such knowledge or experience or is under such degree of supervisions as may be appropriate having regard to the nature of the work.”

What is interesting is to see scheme providers continuing to support the Qualified Supervisor Model when it would probably benefit them financially to register every individual. This shows that they truly have consumers and electricians best interests at heart.

As far as Trade Skills 4U is concerned we support what Emma Clancy has said and continue to support the individual as well as the small micro business company’s to ensure we supply the right advice and right training solutions to our customers. The advantage of Trade Skills 4U being involved in the debate is that our menu of courses and qualifications are always relevant and reflect the industry requirements.

Carl Bennett