Let’s explore what is the government legislation within the Electrical trade and then we will explore further. “Part P” is an electrical legislation that ensures that all electrical work is carried out by a competent person. NAPIT and NICEIC both monitors “Part P” qualified electricians.
NAPIT stands for National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers. In order to obtain membership from NAPIT certain levels of core qualifications are required by them to ensure elements of “Part P” legislation’s competency criteria are covered. NAPIT promotes safe and quality work practices throughout range of electrical trades.
NICEIC used to stand for National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. Now it is a trading name of Certsure LLP. NICEIC also access their members to ensure they comply with competency and are capable of adhere to safety standards and technical knowhow, codes of practices and rules of the schemes their members are registered to.
Both NICEIC and NAPIT requires similar criteria in order to meet their membership schemes as below.
1. Comply with BS 7671: 2001 Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations) and other relevant standards and Codes of Practice
2. Be directly engaged in electrical installation work
3. Have premises and equipment appropriate to the range and scale of electrical work undertaken
4. Have Test Instruments suitable for carrying out the range of tests required by BS 7671.
5. Possess up-to-date copies of the following Publications: a. BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations) b. Memorandum of Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations c. IEE Guidance Note 3 on inspection and testing
6. Maintain an effective system which enables them to confirm the continuing accuracy and consistency of all test instruments used for certification and reporting purposes
7. Have a minimum £2 million pounds public liability insurance
8. Make available for assessment sufficient completed electrical work across the range normally undertaken and undertake an annual onsite assessment to ensure their work complies with electrical regulation standards and that electrical tests are carried out correctly.
9. Employ competent persons to undertake electrical work.
10. Maintain a record of complaints made about the technical standard of electrical work carried out, together with the details of the remedial action taken, if any, to resolve the complaints
11. Have a written Health and Safety policy statement and carry out risk assessments as appropriate
The NICEIC needs only one “Qualified Supervisor” for each company to have professional inspector’s qualifications but it only works within same geographical area for example London. NICEIC comparatively invests more on its advertisement which also lead to cost of memberships being higher for its electrician members and possibly this pushes the prices for NICEIC electricians over NAPIT electricians.
If you are looking to hire a competent electrician who respects the standards and policies covered within “Part P” legislation you can be assured that both NAPIT and NICEIC registered electricians would have similar skills and qualifications. Probably it would also save you while hiring a NAPIT certified electrician in comparison. If you need more support or looking for expert Emergency Electricians please get in touch. Our team of best London Electricians will be with you in no time.