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In the UK, the NICEIC is the independent organization that regulates electrical installation safety affairs. One of its functions is to update and maintain a listing of all electrical contractors who have successfully completed the electrical qualifications for various Schemes, including the IEE Wiring Regulations.
The full name of NICEIC is NICEIC Group Ltd. The company is a subsidiary of the Electrical Safety Council. The lists that NICEIC maintains are made available to the public as the Roll of Approved Contractors. This list was first published in 1956. Another list the NICEIC releases annually is the Register of Domestic Installers.
The Approved Contractor Scheme is available to any electrical contractors who can demonstrate they are competent as far as performing electrical work in accordance with the provisions of BS 7671.
Getting approval under this Scheme involves four steps.
1. The contractor fills in an application form
2. An NICEIC inspector visits the contractor to confirm they are ready to be assessed
3. NICEIC performs a full inspection
4. NICEIC gives the contractor an approval
The Goal of the Hazardous Area Scheme is to ensure that contractors who are working in explosive areas are competent. An electrical contractor who has already achieved Approved Contractor status can go on to qualify for the Hazardous Area Scheme.
The Domestic Installer Scheme allows electrical contractors to work independently under the Building Regulations Part P – Electrical Safety.
This requirement only applies to fixed installations in homes in Wales and England that will be operating at either low level or extra-low voltage.
The Competent Persons Scheme covers the following areas of electrical qualifications which are included in the Building Regulations:
Once a contractor is registered with the Scheme, they will be able to certify to NICEIC that the work they have performed complies with the applicable Building Regulations without the Local Authority Building Control needing to come out to perform an inspection. The contractor will be able to certify their work using an online facility.
To register for a Competent Persons Scheme, the contractor will need to submit an application form, including details of the contractor's installation work. An NICEIC engineer will visit the contractor to review two work samples. An on-site assessment will be conducted before the business can be registered under this Scheme.
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