NICEIC Approved Contractor Scheme
NICEIC's Approved Contractor Scheme is designed to maintain and publish a register of electrical contractors that have been assessed against a specific set of competency requirements, in particular the national electrical safety standard BS 7671 the IET Wiring Regulations.
The register of contractors was formally known as the Roll of Approved Contractors and is operated by NICEIC under license from Electrical Safety First. The aim of the Roll is to promote the use of competent persons and provide users of contracting services with a single source directory of competent contractors.
Registered contractors will work to the UK national standard, BS 7671, and will issue a safety certificate for their electrical work to confirm that the installation has been designed, constructed, inspected and tested in accordance with the standard.
The NICEIC Approved Contractor Scheme is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to EN 45011 - General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems. Accreditation ensures that the scheme is operated with independence and integrity and that it focuses on the quality and safety of the final installation.
NICEIC Platinum Promise
NICEIC expects its Approved Contractors to provide a quality service to their customers and, therefore, endeavours to resolve all complaints about the technical standard of their electrical work. If a customer and an Approved Contractor are unable to resolve an alleged deficiency in the technical standard of electrical work, the customer can make a formal complaint to NICEIC. NICEIC will help facilitate the negotiations between the contractor and the complainant.
As described below, the NICEIC Complaints Procedure requires the NICEIC-registered contractor to resolve the technical deficiency without additional cost to the customer. However, if the contractor does not undertake the required remedial work, NICEIC's Platinum Promise ensures it will be undertaken by another NICEIC-registered contractor, at no cost to the customer.
Independent Complaints Procedure
NICEIC operate an independent complaints procedure. If the electrical work of a registered contractor is found to be below the accepted technical standard, NICEIC requires the contractor to correct the work, at no additional cost to the customer. NICEIC is concerned solely with the safety and technical standard of the electrical work carried out by Approved Contractors, and the standard of certification and electrical installation condition reports which Approved Contractors are responsible for producing.
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ECA Registered Members
All ECA Registered Members are required to demonstrate their technical competence on joining the Association and at regular intervals thereafter. The benchmark used by the Association for demonstrating that competence is the Electrotechnical Assessment Scheme (EAS), maintained and published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. (IET).
Registered Members are required to demonstrate their technical competence in one of two ways:
- Through the UKAS accredited ECA Membership Certification Scheme
- Through a suitable third party, such as NICEIC, under the 'Deemed to Satisfy' scheme.
ECA Guarantee of Work Scheme
The Guarantee of Work Scheme automatically guarantees all ECA Registered Members' work, subject to terms and conditions, and removes the need for the contractor to enter into an insurance contract with customers. The guarantee is Part P and TrustMark compliant and covers completed contracts in any calendar year up to a value of £50,000 (including VAT) and £100,000 (including VAT) for multiple contracts for the same customer.
The Warranty covers work with a contract price in excess of £50,000 and to a limit in accordance with Registered Members' contract value limit, which is stated on each firm's certificate.
Subject to terms and conditions of the scheme, the ECA Bond provides customers with an assurance that if the contractor is terminated for a specified reason, such as insolvency, the additional cost of work completion will be met by the insurer to a maximum limit of £100,000 or 10 per cent of the contract value shown on the certificate.
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