Employing an NICEIC registered electrician is a householder's best way to ensure a safe job. NICEIC helps to protect householders from the dangers of unsafe electrical installations. They provide advice on the dangers of electricity and building regulations.
If a firm wishes to become an NICEIC Domestic Installer, it must first be vetted to ensure it meets the conditions of registration, including the required levels of competence. The minimum standard of technical competence required is as follows:
Electrical work in dwellings is designed, installed, inspected and tested to the standard required by BS 7671
Applicants for a Part P Competent Person Scheme are assessed to be able to work to these standards
If you decide against using a registered firm to carry out any work for you, bear in mind the following points:
There is no guarantee that the electrical installation is safe
You will have no official record of the work you’ve had carried out
You may have difficulty selling your home if you do not have the right electrical safety certificates
Your local authority’s Building Control Department may insist that you put right any faulty work
TrustMark is a government-backed initiative to assist consumers to find a reputable contractor.
TrustMark is an initiative supported by the Government, the building industry and consumer groups to help consumers find reliable and trustworthy tradespeople to make improvements and repairs to their homes. If a firm displays the TrustMark logo consumers can be assured that it has been checked against a set of standards set by the Government by a TrustMark approved body.
The TrustMark initiative recognises the difficulty consumers face in selecting reputable construction industry companies to undertake work in their homes. The concept is to promote an identification mark which will become widely recognised by consumers as a mark of integrity, and allows them to avoid rogue traders and have confidence in the standard of work undertaken.