ABOUT THE NICEIC

NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. It has been assessing the electrical competence of electricians for nearly sixty years and currently maintains a roll of over 26,000 registered contractors. 

In addition to our core electrical business we provide certification to firms across the heating, plumbing, renewable and insulation sectors.  Our focus is supporting firms to help improve their businesses.

We provide a number of products and services specifically tailored to help contractors meet the changing nature of the construction industry. This includes training, technical advice, certification and information on all the latest industry developments. We aim to help firms see past short term survival and prepare for long-term planning.

NICEIC has developed a reputation amongst consumers, specifiers of work and industry for promoting safety, integrity and technical excellence.

Our contractors undergo a rigorous assessment process, covering a representative sample of their work, their premises, documentation, equipment, and the competence of their key supervisory staff. They are then re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance.

SO WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO USING AN NICEIC APPROVED CONTRACTOR 

Safety and competence

Contractors registered by NICEIC are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards, codes of practice and rules of the Schemes they are registered to.

Compliance with building regulations

Contractors registered to NICEIC Building Regulations Schemes in England and Wales are authorised to self-certify their work to the Local Building Control Body. This saves you both time and money when undertaking work that requires notification under the Building Regulations.

Platinum Promise and Complaints Procedure

We expect all NICEIC registered contractors to provide a quality service to their customers. We stand behind the quality of NICEIC registered contractors and we believe that as a consumer you should have peace of mind. Our Platinum Promise means that if you are not happy with the work that is done by an NICEIC registered contractor and we agree that it is deficient we will help to put it right. 

All information taken from the NICEIC website.

For further information please go to http://www.niceic.com/find-a-contractor

 

Unsure as to what all the technical talk means? Take a look at the following guide:

Accessory – switches, sockets, ceiling roses etc

BS7671 – the UK national safety standard for electrical installation work

Chasing – making slots or grooves into walls in order to allow the installation of cables or wiring systems. Chasing causes a lot of disruption, noise and dust and once completed will require making good (see making good). In Scotland, chases are known as raggles.

Consumer Unit – a consumer unit or fuse box is used to control and distribute electricity around the home. It usually contains a main switch, fuses or circuit breakers and one or more residual current devices (see RCD).

Earthing – the purpose of earthing is to minimise the risk of receiving an electric shock if touching meal parts when a fault is present. This is achieved by providing a path for fault current to flow safely to earth, which would also cause the protective device (MCB, fuses) to disconnect the circuit removing the danger. The Electrician will check that the earthing and bonding is satisfactory before starting any work.

Electrical Installation Certificate – A safety certificate issued by the electrician on completion of a new electrical installation, or changes to an existing electrical installation. The certificate confirms that the installation had been designed, built, inspected and tested to the British Standard of BS7671.

Flush Fitted – electrical accessories such as switches or sockets installed so that their back boxes are contained in a wall, floor or ceiling and only the front plates are visible. Flush fitting is more aesthetically pleasing but usually involves chasing (see chasing).

Fuse Box – see consumer unit.  

Fused Connection Unit – enables electricity to be supplied to an item of equipment or appliance providing its own method of circuit protection (by fuse), and sometimes includes a switch. Fused connection units are sometimes referred to in the electrical trade as fused spurs (see spurs)

Main Bonding – connecting metal pipes (gas, water or oil) entering premises to the main earthing terminal of the electrical installation via low resistance conductors.

Making Good – restoring the finish of a wall or ceiling that has been damaged and replacing floor boards which have been lifted during the electrical installation work. Usually does not cover full redecoration, but will be the filling in of chases (see chasing) and holes. You may agree with the electrician to leave the making good of walls and ceilings to another person such as a plasterer.

MCB – Miniature circuit breaker (commonly known as a circuit breaker). An automatic protective device fitted in the consumer unit which will disconnect a circuit if there is a fault or overload.

Mini Trunking – a plastic enclosure having one removable side that is used to install cable on the surface of walls and ceilings.

Minor Works Certificate – a safety certificate (see Electrical Installation Certificate) used when only an addition or alteration is made to an electrical installation.          

Partial Rewire – a common situation where it has not been possible or necessary to fully rewire (see rewire) the electrical installation. For example when cabling has been confirmed as being suitable for continued use to minimise the degree of damage and disruption to the decoration. Or where only a part of an electrical installation has suffered damage from a burst water pipe or similar. If you are considering a partial rewire or it is offered to you as an option by an electrician it is very important that you agree and understand exactly what work is and is not being undertaken before the work starts.

Part P – the specific section of the Building Regulations for England and Wales which relates to electrical installations in domestic properties.

Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) – A report on the condition of an existing electrical installation. Containing an overall assessment of the safety of the installation, observations on its condition, and a number of recommendations (in order of priority) for actions, if any required, to restore the installation to a satisfactory condition for continued service.

RCD – Residual current device. This is a sensitive switching device that trips a circuit when an earth fault is detected. RCD protection is particularly important for socket circuits that may be used to supply portable equipment for use outdoors.

Rewire –  the process of installing new cables, circuits and accessories and carrying out the inspection and testing before putting the installation into service. A full rewire should mean that all parts of the electrical installation are new. However you may wish for items such as switches and light fittings to be re-used and the electrician may wish to re-use part of the installation which is electrically sound, due to it being difficult to remove and replace. It is very important that you agree and understand with the electrician exactly what work is, and is not, being done before the work starts (see partial rewires).

Spur – an additional connection often taken from an existing accessory such as a socket. It may provide a supply to a new socket or a fused connection unit (see fused connection unit)    

Supplementary Bonding – the connecting together of the metal parts of electrical equipment (such as a heated towel rail) and the metal parts of a non-electric item (such as pipes) to prevent a dangerous voltage between them, if a fault occurs. May be required in bath and shower rooms.

Surface Mounted – this is where wiring or electrical accessories such as switches or sockets are installed so that they are on top of the surface or front of a wall, floor or ceiling. This causes less disruption to the decoration but is not as aesthetically pleasing as flush fitting (see flush fitted).    

 

Please if you are unsure of anything do not hesitate to ask we are always willing to help   

Information taken from the Electrical Safety Council working in partnership with The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

 

 

Consider the following advice when choosing an electrician.

  • Be clear about the work you want done and, unless the work is minor obtain at least three written quotations.
  • Check that the electrician is approved by a reputable body or registered with a government – approved scheme. Details can be found at  www.eca.co.uk  or www.esc.org.uk
  • Ask for references and check they have public liability insurance of at least £2million.
  • All electrical installation work should be carried out by a competent, electrically trained, person and the work should comply with BS7671 (IEE Wiring Regulations). On completion of the work, a detailed certificate, confirming the work meets with this safety standard, should be issued to you.
  • Check whether any new electrical work you need doing comes under the requirements of the Building Regulations for your area. If it does, then you should either use an electrician registered with a government – approved scheme who will take care of everything on your behalf or notify your local authority before the work is started. (Please note that the Building Regulations in England and Wales are different to those in Scotland. Also there are no Building Regulations for domestic electrical work in Northern Ireland. You can find more information at www.esc.org.uk)

 

10 Rogue Electrician Warning Signs

The rogue electrician:

  1. Avoids giving references
  2. Only supplies a mobile phone number and give no address on their letter head/business card
  3. Will do the job “cheaper for cash” on the grounds that the customer avoids paying the VAT
  4. Says they can start tomorrow – a registered electrician is usually booked up well in advance
  5. Will not confirm anything in writing
  6. Tells the customer they are approved by an organisation when they are not and are not able to provide proof
  7. Tells the customer not to worry about the details of the job
  8. Confuses the customer with jargon and complicated explanations
  9. Cannot give a specific cost for materials or labour but asks for money upfront
  10. Provides a quote that is surprisingly low – if something sounds to good to be true, it usually is!!

 

Information taken from the Electrical Safety Council working in partnership with The Institution of Engineering and Technology.