Frequently asked questions about Building Regulations Part P
Q1: When did Building Regulations Part P come into effect?
Part P came into
effect in England and Wales on 1st January 2005.
Q2: What are the requirements of Part P?
From 1st January 2005 it is a legal requirement for all work on fixed electrical
installations in dwellings and associated buildings to comply with relevant standards.
The relevant UK standard is BS 7671:2001, ‘Requirements for Electrical Installations’.
BS 7671 covers requirements for design, installation, inspection, testing, verification
Q3: To what types of electrical work does Part P apply?
Part P applies to electrical installations and alterations within domestic premises
and any associated out buildings. Examples of typical works are:
- Installation of electric showers
- Installation of electric cookers/hobs, for example, as part of a kitchen installation
- Installation of a central heating boiler
- Installation of new wiring for a central heating system
- Installation of a chair lift
- Installation of security systems
- Installation of water pumps
- Installation of a new lighting circuit
- Installing/upgrading main or supplementary equipotential bonding
- Altering the position of an electrical installation or component, for example reposition
of a central heating programmer or pump etc.
- Adding socket-outlets and fused spurs to an existing circuit
- Adding light fittings and switches to an existing circuit
Please note that this list is by no means exhaustive. If you are in any doubt
about whether the work you carry out must comply then please contact the ICON help
desk on 0161 763 5052
Q4: What is a competent
- A competent person scheme is in place to monitor electrical safety
- It ensures your compliance with Part P
- The scheme operator will inform your local building control of work carried out
- It provides re-assurance to your customers that your work is safe and of high quality
- It can provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to issue valid test certificates
- It will keep you updated on the latest developments
Q5: *Which types of work require local building control notification?
In order to comply with Part P the vast majority of electrical work will require
a valid test certificate to be issued to the customer with a copy kept by yourself
for your own records.
In some special instances there will be a requirement for you to notify your local
building control of the work carried out. Special instances include but are not
limited to work carried out in:
- Locations containing a bath or shower
- Hot air saunas
- Electric floor or ceiling heating systems
- Swimming pools
- Garden lighting or power installations
- Extra-low voltage lighting installations
Q6: How will my customers
benefit if I become registered with a competent person scheme?
- Customers can rely on you to deal with the new Part P rules for them
- Customers are re-assured of your qualifications to carry out electrical work
- You are able to issue a valid electrical safety certificate which confirms to your
customer that you have followed the new Part P rules
- Customers can use the issued test certificate as evidence of safe electrical installation/alteration
work when they need to sell their house or re-mortgage in the future
- You will save your customer money by using your scheme operator to inform the local
building control of notifiable work
- You will allow your customer to take out insurance backed guarantees for the work
Q7: OK It would appear that I and/or my company need to become registered with
a competent person scheme – what do I do now?
The first step is to assess your qualifications (if you have any).
A good measure for checking your qualifications and hence competence, is whether
or not you have the knowledge and skills to issue a valid electrical test certificate
for your work.
For further details on acceptable qualifications please contact ICON on 0161 763
If you cannot presently issue test certificates then the next step will
be to attend a course which will bring you up to date with the latest rules and
provide you with the necessary training in order for you to test your work and comply
with Part P
Once you have received
the necessary training and gained the appropriate qualification you can then apply
to a scheme operator (NICEIC, Gas Safe, etc.) in order to become registered on their
competent person scheme.
Q8: What electrical course does ICON offer?
ICON presently offers the Domestic Installer Scheme Qualification (DISQ) which is
delivered in partnership with NICEIC and NIC Certification, in order to allow you
to carry out all of the necessary procedures. It is approved by NICEIC and all of
the other scheme operators including Gas Safe.
The DISQ is primarily a training course with 80% of your time spent on developing
your knowledge and skills.
Q9: Why should I choose ICON as my training provider?
In partnership with NICEIC and NIC Certification ICON is a registered training provider
and hence provides professional electrical training programmes with easy to understand
training materials and presentations.
Our experienced, approachable and friendly training staff will ensure a pleasant
and enriching training experience for you and/or your staff.
The training programmes we run have been designed to fulfil the requirements of
the Building Regulations Part P whilst at the same time providing a tailored approach
to the many types of electrical work activities which must comply.
To this end there are presently eighteen programmes available which have been developed
to allow operatives working in specific areas to be trained and assessed on topics
relevant to their needs.
Q10: What is the cost and duration of the course?
plus VAT cost for the course is inclusive of all training materials, which includes
two industry reference manuals, workshop materials, and NIC Certification. The duration
of the course is five days which can be carried out Monday to Friday or via day
release for five days.
Week end and evening options are also available upon request.
Q11: What qualifications will I need in order to attend the course?
None, the only requirement is that you presently carry out the work for which you
now require Part P compliance.
Q12: OK I need to join the course what do I do now?
Easy, simply select a suitable course date and use our
online enquiry form. You will be sent confirmation and joining
instructions within seven days of the course start date. Alternatively you can telephone
the ICON help desk on 0161 763 5052 (9am-5pm Mon. to Fri.)