NICEIC INVITES APPROVED CONTRACTORS TO 'OPT-IN' TO NEW PRS REGISTER

11/05/2020

NICEIC outlines steps for Approved Contractors wishing to join new Government endorsed online search facility.

NICEIC, the UK's leading certification body for the electrical industry, has invited all Approved Contractors to enrol on a new Government endorsed register ahead of key legislation introduction. A move which will ensure contractors are recognised as willing and able to undertake mandatory electrical tests* in the Private Rented Sector in England.
 
Under the new legislation, which comes into force on July 1, 2020, private landlords will be required to ensure their properties are subjected to mandatory electrical installation testing at least every five years.
 
Official guidance will soon be released signposting landlords, and their agent's, to the Competent Persons Electrical website.  Here they will be able to search for qualified, electrical contractors able to undertake electrical safety checks in their properties.
 
In keeping with their commitment to raising standards and ensuring technical excellence, the NICEIC requires Approved Contractors to 'opt-in' should they wish to be included on the list.  This can be done by visiting www.niceic.com/join-us/private-rented-sector-scheme.
 
During this process, registrants must confirm they meet all scheme requirements which include, having the correct professional qualifications, operating in compliance with best practice guidelines as set out by Electrical Safety First and holding professional indemnity insurance** cover.
 
 "We have taken the decision to ask our Approved Contractors to 'opt-in' as opposed to registering them by default for two reasons," said NICEIC Technical Director, John O'Neill.
 
"The first relates to raising standards; we must make sure all NICEIC contractors are fully aware of their obligations under this new scheme. By adding in an additional layer of accountability, we are taking responsible measures to ensure this essential piece of legislation delivers the required safety improvements for all.
 
"The second respects contractor choice and promotes consumer satisfaction. While this legislation is both needed and welcomed, we appreciate that not all of our Approved Contractors work in the Private Rented Sector. By operating an 'opt-in' model, we aim to avoid frustration and ensure landlords, and their agents can quickly identify the right NICEIC contractor for the job."
 
NICEIC contractors operating under the Approved Contractor scheme*** automatically meet the professional qualification criteria for the Competent Person Electrical Register. Contractors who are registered under the NICEIC DIS and ELECSA Part P schemes will need to take additional steps in order to qualify. For more details, please visit www.niceic.com/join-us/private-rented-sector-scheme.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

*Under the new legislation, which comes into effect on June 1, 2020, all properties within the private rental sector in England will be subject to mandatory testing of electrical installations.

**In line with the requirements of the legislation, a minimum of £250,000 professional indemnity insurance will be required.

***Business with Defined Approval status may not be eligible, please call us on 0333 015 6625 for further guidance.


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