NICEIC invites approved contractors to 'opt-in' to PRS register

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NICEIC has invited all of its approved contractors to enrol in a new government endorsed register ahead of key legislation to introduce mandatory electrical testing in the private rented sector in England. 

Under the new legislation, which comes into force on 1 July, 2020, private landlords will be required to ensure their properties are subjected to mandatory electrical installation testing at least every five years.

Official guidance will soon be released signposting landlords and their agents to the Competent Persons Electrical website. Here they will be able to search for qualified, electrical contractors able to undertake electrical safety checks in their properties.

The NICEIC requires its approved contractors to 'opt-in' should they wish to be included on the list. This can be done by visiting the NICEIC website.

During this process, registrants must confirm they meet all scheme requirements which include; having the correct professional qualifications; operating in compliance with best practice guidelines as set out by Electrical Safety First; and holding a minimum of £250,000 professional indemnity insurance cover.

"We have taken the decision to ask our approved contractors to 'opt-in' as opposed to registering them by default for two reasons," said NICEIC technical director, John O'Neill,

"The first relates to raising standards; we must make sure all NICEIC contractors are fully aware of their obligations under this new scheme. By adding in an additional layer of accountability, we are taking responsible measures to ensure this essential piece of legislation delivers the required safety improvements for all.

"The second respects contractor choice and promotes consumer satisfaction. While this legislation is both needed and welcomed, we appreciate that not all of our approved contractors work in the private rented sector. By operating an 'opt-in' model, we aim to avoid frustration and ensure landlords and their agents can quickly identify the right NICEIC contractor for the job."

For more information, visit www.niceic.com/join-us/private-rented-sector-scheme.