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Part P CPS changes explained

 Mar, 17 - 2013   Electrical

From the 6th April, operatives designated as the Qualifying Supervisor (QS) for electrical work in domestic properties will be required to hold the new Level 3 Certification in Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installations in Dwellings or equivalent qualification.

These changes are only relevant to Qualifying Supervisors – ultimately responsible for working standards within the company. Installers who operate under a QS are not required to hold the Level 3 NVQ but must still be able to carry out the work safely and in accordance with the relevant regulations; including inspection, testing and certification. Logic4training delivers Part P Domestic Electrical Installer Full Scope courses, plus the 17th or 18th Edition Wiring Regulations, to provide the relevant knowledge and competence for carrying out domestic electrical work.

At the moment, anyone who is already a member of a Part P CPS under the old requirements (17th Edition Wiring Regulations and demonstration of an understanding of Part P) will not have to take a relevant NVQ 3 retrospectively – this may change at some point.

While completing an NVQ 3 is a more costly and lengthy process, there is some good news for sole traders working as kitchen fitters, plumbers and heating engineers. Amendments to the Part P Approved Document have removed the requirement for certain work to be notified. Therefore, in many instance, these installers do not now need to be part of a Part P CPS. Registered third party electricians can also be used to certify notifiable electrical installation work as an alternative to using a Building Control body.

Full details of the amendments to the Part P Approved Document can be found on the Planning Portal.

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