Finding reliable and trustworthy tradespeople can be an overwhelming experience.
Many people are wary of rogue traders and worry about the far reaching consequences of a poor installation that not only hits your bank balance, but put your family and property at risk.
Fortunately, there are certified government backed bodies that provide reassurance that your chosen electrician is committed to quality work and safety. So, in this article we’ll talk about one of them, The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT).
One of the key commitments of the NAPIT is high safety standards in the home.
For this reason, the NAPIT ensure that all their registered installers comply with strict entry requirements and that competence is regularly assessed.
The overall aim is to provide consumers with peace of mind that choosing a NAPIT registered tradesperson provides, as you can know that the person working in your home will comply with all the relevant industry safety standards and building regulations.
With NAPIT registered electricians, consumers have the assurance that the installer is able to not only complete the work safely but to all the legally required standards.
There is an assurance that the installer is regularly assessed to confirm their ongoing competence and that they will be working to the latest health and safety regulations.
Some NAPIT registered electricians are also certified under the CPS (Competent Person Scheme).
This allows the electrician to self certify the work carried out in your home to confirm that it complies with the relevant building and electrical regulations.
CPS allows your electrician to provide compliance certificates should you decide to rent or sell your home and notify the relevant authorities of the work completed, saving you the time and expenses involved in having to have a local authority inspector check for compliance of notifiable work.
Hiring a NAPIT certified electrician can also allow you to gain access to any Government financial incentives.
Schemes such as the Feed in Tariff (Fit), Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) can be easily accessed by your NAPIT tradesperson who is familiar with the scheme criteria and eligibility requirements.
Installers who are registered under the NAPIT renewables and energy efficiency schemes are also able to self certify work to save you even more time and money.
The Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed in Tariff offer attractive tariff rates that allow you to earn for the renewable energy generated on equipment such as wind turbines, solar panels or biomass boilers.
The ECO (Energy Company Obligation) means that energy suppliers are mandated to meet targets for the delivery of energy efficiency steps in British homes. In simple terms, this means that your household may be able to take advantage of offers such as free insulation or boilers as part of the scheme.
NAPIT full scope installers are eligible to use the Registered Competent Person Certification Mark with the NAPIT logo.
This mark identifies firms that have been recognised by the industry and government as demonstrating the competence necessary to carry out installation work in homes throughout England and Wales.
Registered installers often promote these certification marks on their promotional materials, such as business cards, uniform, vans etc etc.
For peace of mind we show all certifications on each of our recommended electrician profiles and everyone of them have to be certified by a government back body like NAPIT.
If you’d like to see our recommended electrician in your area, you can find them here.
Impressed that my call was answered within seconds by Sean, first of all. The new electrical socket was fitted efficiently by Oscar. Good professional service all round and can definitely recommend!
Dr Christine Behan
Excellent service so good we are booked in for more work to be done
Used once in the past with no problems. Just want to say have a phoned for advice on a couple more occasions, and each time have been very impressed, by the advice and time given to me. They will be my first port of call for any future electric problems.
Came out on a bank holiday at very short notice - not even an emergency. Very helpful, professional and courteous.
A very good experience. Gareth came to look at the job when he said he would. Two electricians arrived to undertake the work on time, they were efficient, tidy and polite. The job was completed on time and all rubbish was taken away. Would recommend and use again.
Great and friendly service, would highly recommend.
From initial quotation to job follow-up, the service was faultless. Electrician was knowledgeable, courteous and clearly walked me through various ideas and options available. Work was carried out on time/date agreed, and on budget. Would highly recommend.
Excellent workmanship. Really pleased with the finished result, can now use freezer and electrics in garage, old lights removed and replaced with new ones. System also separated from house circuit which is ideal. In addition I originally booked Steve last week but due to poor weather conditions I was unable to empty the garage and until he arrived I didn't realise he wouldn't be able to complete the work. Steve was extremely accommodating and agreed to return a week later with no fuss. I will be using him again for sure!!
Steve was really friendly, helpful and provided an excellent service. He was around the same day we called to provide a quote and completed the job quickly and efficiently. We will certainly be using him again.
Very tidy work, all sockets were flush and tidy matching well with the existing electrical fittings. Be quite happy to use him again.
Can't fault it. A good job and would definitely recommend Steve to others.
Very approachable and knowledgeable and did a really good job.
Steve has been brilliant since he got in touch last week. He came out to me the same day, and had to send off for a part and fitted it today. He even came back again last week after I thought the initial issue had got worse. He was very professional, friendly and efficient and I would happily use his services again.
Steve was very helpful and friendly. He came out the same day and repaired wiring which had been drilled through, triping out the Sockets. Very professional. Would highly recommend him. Will definitely use his services again.
Steve came out .what a great job he done .id had another electrician out who totally messed my electrics up .but Steve sorted it out so it’s all safe .and done it quickly so was only charged for an hours work .will always phone on Steve now .very happy customer.
Our experience with Steve was exceptional. He responded to our cry for help very quickly and fitted us in to his busy schedule the following day. He arrived when he said he would and quickly sorted things out for us. As it happened, he did not have to carry out any work as such and, as a result, he did not charge us a penny. For his speed of service alone we give him 5 stars and he is at the top of our list to call on, should we ever require any "real" electrical work to be carried out in the future. We will also recommend him to anyone we know who needs an electrician.
Steve has now completed the work, first class service.
an amazing service. Steve was able to solve my electrical problems so quickly without fuss or expense.a great service from start to finish .I was so grateful.
We had several small electrical replacement fittings to do around the house.Steve was excellent at communicating, gave a great quote, turned up on time and completed the work quickly and cleanly. Will always use from now on and would thoroughly recommend.
Steve was fantastic from initial call to installing a new shower fan he was both courteous and professional and knew his stuff complete expert! I would highly recommend him and will definitely use him again it was a pleasure to do business with him.