Approved Contractor Scheme

Our Approved Contractor scheme is for any electrical installation business.

Our Approved Contractor scheme is for electrical contractors undertaking design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations to BS 7671.

The scheme covers:
  • electricians working on commercial and industrial installations
  • electricians working on domestic installations
  • electrical installation condition reporting (testing, inspection, PIRs)
  • street lighting installers
  • security systems installers
  • any other activity covered by BS 7671
* The registration fee quoted above is the annual fee. This fee is reduced depending on the time of year joined. Call us for a quote to join now on 0870 013 0458.

£450 + VAT

Initial application fee

£410* + VAT

Initial registration fee

Speak to an advisor on
0870 013 0458

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To apply for the Approved Contractor scheme, just call us on 0870 013 0458.

Alternatively we will call you to progress your application if you complete our online enquiry form or you can post a completed application form which can be downloaded here.

Once we receive your application we will advise you of an assessment date.  Your area engineer will meet you and conduct the assessment.  At the end of the assessment a recommendation will be made as to whether you meet the scheme requirements. This recommendation is independently verified and written confirmation of your registration will be sent to you. The Assessment Overview section provides more guidance as to how to prepare for your assessment.

Please note that if you run your business from multiple offices you will need to submit a separate application for each contracting site.

For more information about the scheme please refer to our Guide to Registration.
To apply for the Approved Contractor Scheme, you will need the following:
  • Your business to have recently undertaken electrical installation work 
  • Appoint an appropriate person as a Principal Duty Holder and nominate one or more Qualified Supervisors.
  • Have premises and equipment appropriate to the range and scale of electrical work you undertake, including test instruments suitable for carrying out the range of tests required by BS 7671
  • Records of the ongoing accuracy and consistency of test equipment used for certification and reporting purposes
  • Hold current editions of BS 7671 and other technical reference documents relevant to the range and scale of electrical work you undertake
  • Have work available for inspection that represents the electrical work you typically undertake. The work should comply with BS 7671 and relevant codes of practice, and must have been undertaken in the previous 12 months under your business’ current trading title 
  • Hold at least £2 million Public Liability Insurance
  • Maintain a record of any complaints made about the technical standard of electrical work carried out by your business, together with details of the remedial action taken
  • Have a written Health and Safety Policy Statement and carry out risk assessments as appropriate
For more information about the scheme, please refer to our Scheme Rules.
Your assessment will usually last for a full day and will consist of:
  1. a visit to both your business premises, and
  2. on site to inspect a sample of electrical work consistent with the range and scope that your business undertakes. We recommend you have 3 sites available although the actual number visited will be at the discretion of your area engineer.
The assessment is your opportunity to show that the work you do complies with the Rules Relating to Enrolment, and the national industry standard BS 7671. It is also a great opportunity for you to meet one of our highly skilled engineers and ask any questions you might have about how we can help you achieve your business goals.
 
The purpose of the site assessment is for you to show your work meets the industry standards and regulations for that work. The Qualified Supervisor will need to demonstrate competence in inspection and testing, including use of instruments and interpretation of results.

The following video provides useful hints and tips as to how best prepare for your assessment:


You will need the following documents to apply for the Approved Contractor scheme:
  1. Guide to Approved Contractor Registration which provides helpful advice on preparing for assessment
  2. Approved Contractor Scheme Rules an important document which outlines the terms and conditions of the scheme
  3. Approved Contractor Application Form which can be printed and returned or call us on 0870 013 0458 to apply now
  4. Approved Contractor Fee Sheet which details our current prices
  5. Direct Debit Mandate to help set up your account and manage payments
The following documents will help you prepare for your assessment:
  1. Guidance from the HSE about how to prepare a health & policy statement
  2. Guidance about how to prepare a customer complaints process for your business
  3. Information relating to maintaining accuracy records for your test instruments
  4. Defined Approval List

For information about the process we follow when we receive complaints from customers about contractors, please click here.