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What is the NICEIC Approved Contractor Scheme?

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Date
05/08/2022
what is the niceic approved contractor scheme?

When you’re searching for electrical services, you want a company or contractor you can trust. That means one that’s accredited and approved. Enter the NICEIC approved contractor scheme, which makes it easier to find approved electrical contractors.

Read on to find out more…

What is the approved contractor scheme?

NICEIC’s approved contractor scheme is a way of electrical contractors demonstrating their competence. It covers design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations in line with BS 7671 standards.

To become an NICEIC approved electrical contractor, businesses have to partake in a full day’s assessment. That includes a visit to their premises, along with an on-site inspection of one or more work samples. It’s recommended that businesses have three sites available from the past 12 months to demonstrate the range and scope of work they undertake.

An area engineer from NICEIC will inspect the contractor’s work to ensure its compliance with the BS 7671 industry standards, as well as the rules of the approved contractor scheme. They also have to meet a number of pre-requisites to apply, including insurance certificates, the relevant qualifications and up-to-date records of things like complaints and equipment consistency.

Successful contractors gain certification, which is then reviewed with continued assessment on an annual basis.

And what is NICEIC?

But wait a minute… Why should you trust NICEIC to assess contractors in the first place? Quite simply, they are the UK’s largest voluntary register of electrical businesses – with over 36,000 businesses assessed. There’s no vested interest – they’re simply committed to compliance and conformity with the relevant standards and regulations.

NICEIC approved electrical contractors have come forward of their own accord to have their policies, procedures and competency assessed. Not only that, NICEIC assesses them based on BS 7671 – the British Standard for Electrical Installation Requirements – so it’s not just any old stuff they’re looking for!

What can it be used for?

As you might be aware, there are quite a few checks like EICR reports and PAT testing, which require contractors to be “qualified and competent”. With no further guidance given, some business owners and site managers can feel a little lost.

Being part of the NICEIC approved contractor scheme is a sure-fire way for electrical contractors to demonstrate their qualification and competence for electrical jobs. Most importantly, it’s a trustmark for businesses across the UK, who can proceed with confidence when a contractor is NICEIC approved.

Finding an approved electrical contractor

If you’re searching for a member of the NICEIC approved contractor scheme in Yorkshire, look no further. Volta Compliance is an NICEIC approved electrical contractor based in Leeds, with a wealth of experience installing, maintaining and repairing electrical installations.

From EICR to emergency lighting tests, our team can make sure you’re safe, compliant and completely protected. Contact us today to find out more. Alternatively, if you’re based further afield, the NICEIC website has a find a contractor facility, so you can search for registered contractors in any given location.

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.