A new website will provide an easy to use and single information point for people to find a registered, competent electrician in their area, or to check that a company they are planning on using is registered.
Similar to the ‘Gas Safe Register’ for boiler engineers the ‘Competent Person Electrical Register’ lists electricians who meet core technical standards required by government.
The www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk website is being unveiled today by Minister for Communities Stephen Williams and has been developed by electrical competent person scheme operators with support from the government.
Stephen Williams said: “For all the thousands of skilled and reliable electricians there are across the country it’s often the dangerous or dishonest actions of a small minority of rogue electricians that get the attention.
I want everyone to be able to get repair and improvement work done safely in their home and this new, single website provides an easy first port of call to find a registered, trustworthy local electrician.”
All registered electrical firms in England and Wales are listed on this new website and entitled to use the new registered competent person electrical logo on their vans, websites and promotional material.
Electricians are assessed for their competence before they are registered and are subject to periodic random surveillance to check that their work meets safety and quality standards. Across England and Wales there are 42,000 registered electricians.