Choose the right electrician!
Depending on the electrical work you need doing, it is worth considering the experience of the electrician you choose to hire. The standard of work completed will often depend on their experience and qualifications.
- Ensure they are reputable – Generally, an electrician is more likely to be trustworthy if they can prove that they are registered by a trade body that oversees their work.
- Research the trade body they are registered with – There are a number of professional schemes that electricians will sign-up to, namely NAPIT, Stroma and NICEIC.
- If they are not registered, ask them why? – It is always worth asking your electrician why they are not registered with a trade body. This will give you an idea of their motivation and ethos as a tradesperson.
What does a trade body offer?
- In essence, a trade body will oversee the quality of work that an electrician produces. They will do annual checks to ensure that the electrician produces high quality work and follows the best practices.
- Most trade bodies will guarantee the work of the electrician for 5 years. This means that the customer is covered if the electrician goes out of business.
- It speeds up the completion of the project because electricians who are formally registered can sign off on their own work. The trade body will notify building control after the work is finished.
Who are we registered with?
PBT have chosen NAPIT as our preferred trade body. NAPIT are a leading Government approved accredited membership scheme that operate in the building services and fabric sector. They offer a Competent Person Scheme (CPS) for installers who carry out work covered by the Building Regulations in England and Wales. Members of the scheme must:
- Demonstrate their competence
- Have at least £2 million public liability insurance
- Be responsible for the compliance of their work against the Building Regulations for a period of 6 years from completion
The range of electrical work covered by the scheme includes:
- Full electrical installations
- One or more new circuits
- Full or partial rewires
- Replacement consumer units
- Circuit alteration or addition in a special location
How does this benefit me?
There are several benefits to hiring an electrician that is a NAPIT CPS Scheme Member.
- Firstly, NAPIT do not just leave their electricians to get on with the job once they are registered. They carry out office audits and site inspections of their registered electricians on an annual basis. This registration is more than a badge of approval that companies use to decorate their vans and websites: it ensures that the customer will receive a high standard of work.
- When work is undertaken by a NAPIT CPS Scheme Member, the insurance on that job will be supported for years. However, this does not equate to more administrative work for you. Unlike unregulated electricians, a NAPIT registered electrician does not need to notify Building Control until the work is completed.
How can I find an electrician that is registered with NAPIT?
The NAPIT Search Facility allows you to find information about specific installers, including the scope of their certification and their location.