The requirements for joining a Part P Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) were due to change on the 6th April, with Qualifying Supervisors needing the new QCF qualification: Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings or similar.
As the new qualification is not widely available, it is still possible to join a CPS under the old requirements – 17th Edition Wiring Regulations and an onsite inspection to verify practical competence. We deliver the new City & Guilds 18th edition wiring regulations course which replaced the 17th edition from July 2018 and the Domestic Electrical Installer (DEI) qualification that provides underpinning knowledge of Part P, inspection, testing and certification in domestic dwellings.
For installers looking to become QS’ the situation remains unclear and, unfortunately, we have no word as to when this might change, a confusing state of affairs for electricians and training providers alike! We will continue to keep abreast of industry changes and will hopefully deliver the new NVQ when it becomes a necessary Part P CPS requirement.
What has been set out since January of this year is changes to Approved Document P, which mean many electrical installations are no longer notifiable, and non-CPS registered installer can now use a QS to certify work as an alternative to Building Control. Installers can download a copy of the new Approved Document P from the planning portal.