The first thing that you need to ensure with EVERY electrician is that they are registered. This is the best thing you can do to ensure that your electrician has the required qualifications and has to answer to a trade body.
Whilst unfortunately this is no cast iron guarantee that your electrician will do a good job, it’s a great start to ensure you have at least some back-up should the worst happen.
In order to join any of the electrical trade bodies, an electrician must:
- Be covered by a minimum £2 million Public Liability Insurance
- Possess the correct testing equipment, calibrated at specified intervals
- Have some form of contracts in place
- Have a complaints procedure (this is a government requirement to join an electrical body)
- Be qualified (also that they must be up to date with the current edition of the wiring regulations)
- Possess copies of the required technical literature (BS7671, EAWR, etc…)
- The “qualified supervisor” for a registered electrician must be competent to test an installation. Each year we get assessed and have to complete a series of tests on an installation.
As you can see, that’s a lot of stuff that you would probably would have just taken for granted was a requirement to be an electrician.
But ask yourself this: When was the last time you thought to ask an electrician if they have any of the above in place?
Obviously no-one does, but by checking their registration you can make sure that your electrician has all the required insurances, qualifications and competencies without any of the awkward questions.
That way you can be sure that when you have someone completing electrical services that they are both qualified and insured for the job at hand