ELECTROTECHNICAL ASSESSMENT SPECIFICATION UPDATE: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS


WHAT IS EAS?

Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) is the document that sets out the criteria contractors/businesses must be assessed on in order to be registered with a Certification or Registration Body.  In other words, it is the industry agreed standard Certification Bodies (CBs), such as NICEIC and ELECSA, must adhere to when designing and conducting assessments to verify competence.
 

WHAT HAS CHANGED?

Updated in 2020, the document now includes a number of new and enhanced requirements Certification Bodies must witness in order to verify competence.  As a result, NICEIC and ELECSA’s entry criteria and assessment procedures have been updated.
 

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

It is important that you are abreast of the full details of the EAS update as you will be required to meet  the new requirements as part of your scheme registration. 
 
To assist you, we have summarised some of the key changes below:
 
If you undertake EICR's as part of your scheme registration, for example on the Approved Contractor Scheme, you must now have professional indemnity insurance cover in place for no less than £250k.  Proof of this cover must be provided during your assessment. If your insurance is provided by NICEIC and ELECSA Insurance Services you may already have this cover in place.
 
Under the new requirements, a greater focus will be applied to record-keeping with additional checks being made.  A detailed summary of the requirements is shown in the  EAS ASSESMENT CHANGES GUIDE document.  However, you should expect to be asked to demonstrate how you:
 
  • Keep and maintain records of all electrical work carried out together with the specifications, drawings, certificates, reports, and other relevant documents relating to that work. These should be held for a minimum of six years.
  • Record evidence demonstrating that all employed persons are competent and/or adequately supervised to undertake electrical work. If you do not currently have a system in place to record this information, check out our SUPERVISION RECORD TEMPLATE.
  • Record relevant qualifications, ongoing training (including Continuous Professional Development) and experience levels of all employed persons. If you do not currently have a system in place to record this information, check out our CPD EVIDENCE RECORD TEMPLATE.

IN LIGHT OF THIS UPDATE HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY ASSESSMENT?

To prepare effectively, we recommend you review the EAS ASSESMENT CHANGES GUIDE. Containing more detailed guidance on the types of evidence we require, the document also provides suggestions on the processes you can follow to record them.

Finally, please be assured we do understand that this update may require you to change/implement new business practices. As such, we appreciate there may be a period of adjustment needed and that a pragmatic approach to implementation is required. Your Assessor will work with you to identify the right actions for you and your business.

From September 2021 should you wish to add a new Qualified Supervisor (QS), who has not been a registered QS within the last 2 years, you must:
 
Prove they have held responsibility for electrotechnical work for no less than two years

Provide evidence they hold a formal 'craft' qualification. Please note auditable evidence routes and certificates of competence will no longer be accepted for new applications.   
 
For more information relating to qualification criteria please visit the IET website by clicking here.  
 
Provide evidence they hold BS7671 and relevant inspection and testing qualifications as well as evidence of ongoing Continual Professional Development.
 
For full details relating to how the EAS update will impact new applications please review our  EAS SCHEME ENTRY REQUIREMENTS.
 
For more information relating to new applications and the qualification criteria please visit the join us section.

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