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Driving competence through the industry

Mar 2019 General | Comments Off on Driving competence through the industry

Certsure, ECA and Electrical Safety First (ESF) have worked together to develop plans to raise standards across the industry and change the ways competence within the industry is measured.

Certsure, ECA and ESF have developed a blueprint they believe will ensure that only qualified individuals with the right knowledge, skills and understanding are deemed competent to undertake electrotechnical work.

The proposals will simplify yet strengthen entry requirements into the industry, and ensure consistency across all registration and certification bodies. This aligns with the bodies’ thinking that all applicants to a scheme should be from one of two routes: the apprenticeship route or the experienced worker route.

The proposals will ensure that individuals seeking to become a qualified supervisor or electrical operative undertaking periodic inspection must have the following:

  • an electrotechnical apprenticeship (or proscribed alternative)
  • a minimum of two years’ experience
  • a recognised knowledge of the latest Wiring Regulations
  • be well versed in inspection and testing electrotechnical installations
  • The proposal is fairly straightforward to implement for new applications. However, for existing registrants. it is proposed that there must be proportionate quality management systems, for new and existing registrants, in place for demonstrating business process and operative competence. This would need to be assessed in situ as part of the ongoing assessment process.