Part P Requirements
Choosing an electrician can sometimes feel like a real hassle. For those of us not immersed in the world of wires and circuit breakers, the acronyms and qualifications various electricians throw around can sound like total gibberish.
If you’ve been comparing electricians, you’ll notice that some proudly boast of NICEIC certification, whilst others don’t mention it at all. In this short post, we’ll get to the bottom of what NICEIC certification is and whether your electrician should have it.
What is the NICEIC?
The NICEIC was founded in 1956 as a voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industries. Over its now 60 year history, the organisation have been assessing the competence of both domestic and commercial electricians.
How do they test contractors?
All contractors who want to be certified by the NICEIC undergo a stringent assessment process which includes a representative sample of their work, their premises, documentation, equipment and the abilities of their supervisory staff. Only if they meet the NICEIC’s high standards will they then be awarded a place on the NICEIC register. In addition they are annually reassessed to ensure their standards don’t slip.
Does my electrician need to be NICEIC registered?
No,There’s nothing in law which states that your electrician needs to be NICEIC registered. However, NICEIC registration provides reassurance that you are dealing with competent tradesmen who go through an annual assessment to ensure standards are maintained.
How can I know my electrician is NICEIC registered?
Any electrician with NICEIC certification will display it on their website, van or business card. The NICEIC’S published register will also give specific contractor details. All certification will contain the contractors enrollment number.