As you probably know, the electrical works in UK are subject to strict regulations imposed by various institutions such as LABC. LABC, also known as London Authority Building Control has inspectors to record every rewiring project in its database. There is also a special section in the state building codes (Building Regulations) of 2003 determining rules for rewiring work - the law that any responsible electrician in London follows.
Some confuse this document with BS 7671 standard; however they are a bit different. The Part P of the document describes the requirements for a person carrying out rewiring work, the minimum level of qualification and registration procedure in the Building Control for finished works. At the moment there are two registration schemes for finished works; an independent registration by an electrician himself and a specialist inspector of the local Building Control Office hired to confirm the quality of rewiring works. The result of these tests is an electrical certificate, which is required by many real estate companies when they try to sale a house or an apartment. If there is no such certificate, the value of your property may decrease, as lack of paperwork to confirm the work accuracy of electricians in London carries additional risks for a buyer.
In order to meet the level required for certification of carrying out rewiring works in London, the electrician must be trained and receive a certificate; at the moment it is the 17th Edition Wiring Regulation BS7671-2008. After receiving this certificate an electrician can continue education and once he passes the exams, he will be entitled to receive the certificate of higher level, such as, C & G 2392 Level 2 Certificate in Fundamental Inspection, Testing and Initial Verification. This certificate allows electricians to register as service providers with so-called Part P. The best-known companies providing these services are ELECSA, NICEIC, NAPIT among others. Undoubtedly, such certification is a start of professional growth for an electrician in north London.
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