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Minister unveils new register for all Part P registered electrical installers
Searching for an electrician is now easier than ever thanks to a new website listing all firms registered to carry out domestic electrical work in England and Wales.
The new site HYPERLINK "http://www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk" www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk and logo was developed by all Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) authorised electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators in a bid to create a single point of reference for consumers seeking a registered electrical contractor. It was officially unveiled by the Minister for Communities and Local Government, Stephen Williams MP at the Palace of Westminster last night.
“With several registers in operation the marketplace had become confusing for householders,” commented Mr Williams, who gave a key note speech to a wide array of industry stakeholders and MP’s at the event.
“Government asked all Competent Scheme Operators to unite and create one site for all registered electricians and we are delighted at the co-operation and work that has gone into making this achievable.
“The consumer focused website, featuring an easy to use search facility, and electrical competent person logo are all designed to make finding a registered, competent, electrician easier than ever before.
“Homeowners need to be aware of the dangers involved when carrying out work around their home. The creation of HYPERLINK "http://www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk" www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk will raise consumer awareness about this issue significantly.”
All Full Scope Part P electrical installers registered to carry out domestic electrical work in England and Wales are listed on the new register and entitled to use the new Registered Competent Person Electrical logo on their vans, websites and promotional material.
Emma Clancy, Chief Executive Officer of Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands said: “Choosing someone to carry out work in your home is a decision that should never be taken lightly.
“Consumers now have just one name and one easily recognisable mark to remember and they can be reassured that everyone listed on the site has had a sample of their work checked and assessed in accordance with the required electrical standards.”
NAPIT Group Chief Executive Officer, Michael Andrews added: “The creation of this site and mark are evidence of the strides being taken by the industry to come together for the greater good.
“It is not only an added benefit for consumers but also a mark that registered electrical firms can be proud to be associated with. All Full Scope installers carrying out electrical work in dwellings in England and Wales can be easily identified via the new mark and their company details listed on the user-friendly register.”
Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield and Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Home Safety Group who hosted the launch of the new register, said: “It is great to see industry coming together for the sake of improved electrical safety in homes across England and Wales. I look forward to seeing how this new initiative makes the process of finding an electrical contractor easier and safer for householders.”
The new mark combines the Registered Competent Person Electrical logo, an instantly recognisable house and plug socket design, with the Competent Person Scheme Operator logo of the installer who displays it. This will ensure consumers have just one intuitive symbol to recognise but are still able to access the robust support, such as the work quality guarantee, available from individual scheme operators.
The new mark and register has the support of leading industry stakeholders including scheme operators and DCLG. It is also backed by the charity Electrical Safety First who will spearhead a targeted consumer marketing campaign to highlight the register and raise levels of consumer awareness significantly.
Published 20 May 2014
NICEIC and ELECSA welcome Government response to Select Committee report
NICEIC and ELECSA have welcomed the Government’s response to a Select Committee report into the building regulations certification of domestic electrical work.
In its report, published on Tuesday, the Government said there was no case to introduce a mandatory register for electricians. The Government’s response noted the setting up costs and upheaval it would create for firms in the industry if a mandatory register was established.
The Government also said it would be unreasonable to require every individual within the domestic sector to have a NVQ Level 3 qualification as many businesses employ trainees and apprentices to help carry out their work.
“When the Select Committee published its report in March we urged caution and that an industry sense check was required,” commented Emma Clancy, CEO of Certsure, which operates the NICEIC and ELECSA brands.
“We welcome the fact Government has listened to the industry and support its response.
“The Select Committee report put forward some positive recommendations which we supported, including the development of one single, easily identifiable mark and register for all Part P registered firms. However, we believe there were some points in the Committee’s report which were not explored thoroughly and did not reflect the true state of the industry.”
The 16 page government report backed the Competent Person Scheme (CPS) model saying: “The Government does not believe that the case has been made for the introduction of a mandatory register for electricians or that a mandatory register would be more effective than the current arrangements. Doing so would involve costs for setting up and moving to a register, and potential upheaval in the industry as people working in the industry had to go through the registration process.”
Responding to a recommendation that all individuals carrying out domestic electrical work should have a qualification equivalent to NVQ level 3 the Government said: “It would be unreasonable to attempt to require that every individual working in a business registered with a Part P competent person scheme must have competences equivalent to an NVQ Level 3 award. Many building and installation businesses employ unqualified or partially qualified workers, including trainees and apprentices, to help carry out their work.”
Commenting further on the Government report, Emma added: “While there is always room for improvement we have to be careful not to tar those firms who work outside of the regulatory framework with the same brush as those who have demonstrated competence and strive to uphold the standards and safety requirements expected of them.
“More than 70% of firms registered to carry out work under Part P are sole traders where the Qualified Supervisor carries out the installation with full responsibility.
“In excess of one million jobs, notified to Local Authority Building Control, will be carried out by over 30,000 NICEIC and ELECSA registered electrical contractors over the next 12 month period – proof that Part P is working and contractors do adhere to best practice and the highest of standards.
“We are also currently working with all scheme operators to create a single mark and register for all Part P registrants. This will make it easier for the consumer when it comes to choosing a registered electrician and help raise awareness of Part P – something both the committee and government have called for.
“In addition, NICEIC and ELECSA have opted out of the third party certification scheme over fears that it will encourage a DIY attitude towards electrical work by people without the necessary skills or experience to do so.
“Sometimes it can be easy to knock our industry, but I am proud of the commitment shown by our organisation and our contractors to ensure safety and standards increase year on year.”
Published 22 May 2014
Launch of One Consumer Facing Mark and Register for all Part P registered Electricians Confirmed
A new single mark and register for all electricians registered to carry out electrical work in homes in England and Wales have been confirmed to go live on the 30 June 2014.
The much anticipated Registered Competent Person Electrical mark and website www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk have been developed by all DCLG authorised full scope electrical Competent Person Scheme operators. It follows a recommendation from the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, to create a single point of reference for consumers seeking an electrician to carry out work in their home.
The recognisable mark and consumer focused website, featuring an easy to use search facility, are all designed to make finding a registered, competent, electrician easier than ever before.
The mark combines the Registered Competent Electrical logo, an instantly recognisable house and plug socket design, with the Competent Person Scheme operator logo of the installer who displays it. This will ensure consumers have just one intuitive symbol to recognise but are still able to access the robust support, such as the work quality guarantee, available from individual scheme operators.
All full scope Part P registered electricians in England and Wales will be listed on the new register by their scheme operator and will be entitled and encouraged to use the new mark from the 30th June 2014, completely free of charge.
As a consumer focussed activity, the register will not include electrical contractors who solely carry out commercial or industrial work.
An official launch event will take place on 2 July 2014 in the Palace of Westminster, where the Minister for Communities and Local Government, Stephen Williams MP, will give a key note speech to a wide array of key industry stakeholders and MPs, alongside NAPIT Group Chief Executive Officer, Michael Andrews and Chief Executive Officer of Certsure, Emma Clancy.
Commenting on the upcoming launch of the register, Michael Andrews said: “Registered Competent Person Electrical is a milestone achievement and a great step forward for the electrical industry. All full scope electricians carrying out electrical work in dwellings in England and Wales can be easily identified via the new mark and listed on a user-friendly register.”
Emma Clancy added: “The new website - www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk - will become the one stop shop for consumers looking to hire an electrician to carry out work in their home.
“With the support of all scheme operators and DCLG, and with the charity Electrical Safety First spearheading a targeted consumer marketing campaign, levels of consumer awareness will rise significantly.
Published 22 May 2014