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Changes to the Part P Competent Persons Scheme (CPS)

 Sep, 12 - 2011   2 comments   Electrical

The deadline has now been extended to 2013, click here for more information.

The requirements for the Part P CPS are changing and, as of the 1st January, qualifying candidates will need to have achieved the appropriate Level 3 NVQ Certificate: Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings; for qualified supervisors responsible for electrical work in domestic properties which come under Part P Building Regulations, and the new Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Building and Structures); for all types of electrical installation.

At the moment, the CPS stipulates the completion of 17th edition wiring regulations and demonstration of competence in installation, inspection, testing and certification – for installers without relevant experience, undertaking Part P training will supply this knowledge.

Logic4training is urging any installer who wants to join a Part P CPS, but doesn’t have the correct qualifications, to complete them now, before the deadline at the end of December. Candidates who have joined a CPS before January 1st are not required to obtain an NVQ level 3.

These changes will probably not be an issue to larger organisations with a nominated qualifying supervisor, however may prove a barrier for sole traders and micro-businesses for whom completing an NVQ level 3 is an impractical and costly task.

The two awarding bodies for the appropriate NVQ qualifications are City and Guilds and EAL.

 Comments 2 comments

  • Dominic McCarthy says:

    Re- NVQ level 3
    Hi, I hope you can help me.
    Having recently finished and passed 17th edition wiring regs’, and completed today but not recieved results for Part P, and Logic Domestic Inspection and Testing, I am now trying to confirm if it is possible to join a CPS at this stage, or wether I’ll have to wait for results.
    I’ve had various contradicting answers from several of the CPS bodies, but the information on your site seems to be the best I’ve found. Well done.
    Any advice on equipment required would be appreciated if poss as well.
    I thank you in advance.

  • jess says:

    Hi Dom,

    Yes, you are ready to join a CPS as the only pre-required qualification is the 17th Edition. The CPS you choose will want to inspect your work and you will need to be able to demonstrate on-site competence and be able to inspect, test and certificate that work. They will also need to see other items, including calibration certificates for test meters, copies of standards, insurance etc. You will also need all the test equipment you used to undertake your assessments.

    The following page might help:

    The deadline to join a CPS without an NVQ3 has actually been extended until next year now so you have more time to sort this out. Details are available on our blog:

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