NICEIC does not operate a third party inspection scheme which certifies contractors to carry out the initial verification, testing and inspection of someone else’s domestic electrical installation work.

In April 2013, changes to Approved Document Part P, meant that a person registered with a third party certification scheme could check domestic electrical work undertaken by others and certify that it is compliant with the building regulations. This became known as the Third Party Inspection scheme.

Third Party Inspection was introduced by DCLG as a way for DIY’ers and those not registered with a competent persons scheme to have their work checked and certified as an alternative to having it checked and certified by a local authority or a private sector approved inspector. 

NICEIC rejected the opportunity to operate such a scheme amid safety concerns about how it would operate.

Certsure operates the ELECSA and NICEIC DIS registration schemes as part of our Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) approved Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) for electrical contractors who wish to self-certify their OWN electrical work as compliant with the building regulations rather than involving local building control or engaging a third party inspector.

It does not entitle them to certify work carried out by another contractor.

Similarly, contractors registered under our AC scheme have been assessed under scheme rules that extends to all electrical installation and reporting work covered by BS7671 including carrying out periodic inspection and testing.

Periodic Inspection and Testing and the issue of an Electrical Installation Condition Report on installations previously carried out by other contractors is to determine whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service and should not be used for initial verification and certification of newelectrical installation work undertaken by others.

Almost 80% of our contractors backed our decision to not operate a Third Party scheme as it undermined much of their work.