Why CE are in the NICEIC and how you benefit

The aim of the Electrical Safety Register is to protect everyone who uses electricity from unsafe electrical installations. To achieve this, we maintain a register of qualified, competent electricians, assessed by the NICEIC and ELECSA.

NICEIC and ELECSA look at a representative sample of the contractor's work, their premises, documentation, equipment, and the competence of their key supervisory staff. Once contractors become registered with NICEIC or ELECSA, they are re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure high standards.

Enrolment with NICEIC or ELECSA is voluntary, but electrical contractors who are conscientious about the service they offer would consider it a priority to enrol. Over 33,000 contractors are registered by the two schemes, covering the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland. This means that you're sure to have a choice of competent contractors operating in your area. Both have strict complaints procedures should something go wrong. On our search we also show whether a company is Trustmark registered. You can find out more about Trustmark at www.trustmark.org.uk 

Part P - What it Means

Part P of the Building Regulations came into force in January 2005 to ensure that all electrical work carried out within a dwelling - a home or garden - is carried out by a qualified registered electrician and your local authority building control is notified of this work. This notification is particularly important when moving house because the compliance certificate is required by the buyer's solicitor to show that any electrical work carried out at the house on behalf of the vendor or seller is safe. In other words, failure to comply could have an effect on the future sale of the home and the onus is on the home owner to ensure the work has been notified.

To help homeowners meet their obligations under Part P of the Building Regulations, NICEIC and ELECSA contractors are independently assessed at least annually to ensure that they are operating to the highest technical and professional standards. Under our 'self-certification' programmes, the contractor notifies us of the work he or she has carried out and we will issue the building compliance documentation to you and the Local Authority in keeping with the requirements of Part P. This means that you do not have to pay the Local Authority for an inspection of the work. Once you have this documentation keep it safe as you will certainly require it if you plan to sell the property.

Safety and competence

Electricians registered by NICEIC and ELECSA are not only assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are competent and capable of meeting the relevant technical and safety standards, codes of practice and rules of the Schemes they are registered to.They are also provided with a range of other support services, such as the technical helpline to help them deliver excellence in the services they provide to their customers.

Compliance with building regulations

Contractors registered to NICEIC and ELECSA Building Regulations Schemes in England and Wales are authorised to self-certify their work to the Local Building Control Body. This saves you both time and money when undertaking work that requires notification under the Building Regulations.

Platinum Promise

The Platinum Promise covers work undertaken by contractors registered by NICEIC. The Platinum Promise provides protection to any entity using a NICEIC registered contractor. In the event that a contractor undertakes work that is found not to comply with the required regulations or standards, the Platinum Promise will help to put this work right. In the first instance the original contractor will be instructed to undertake any remedial work. If this this not possible the Platinum Promise will pay for remedial work to be undertaken by an alternative contractor up to the value of £25,000 per installation. The Platinum Promise is valid for a period of six years from the date of completion of the original work. Platinum Promise is managed through NICEIC’s complaints processes

Independent Complaints Procedure

NICEIC and ELECSA operate an independent complaints procedure. If the electrical work of a registered contractor is found to be below the accepted technical standard, NICEIC requires the contractor to correct the work, at no additional cost to the customer. NICEIC is concerned solely with the safety and technical standard of the electrical work carried out by Approved Contractors, and the standard of certification and electrical installation condition reports which Approved Contractors are responsible for producing.

Useful Downloads


Communities and Local Government is the government department responsible for administering the Building Regulations and hence the operation of the Part P self-certification scheme. They have produced a general leaflet to provide guidance as to when work needs to be notified to local authorities:

CLG Guide to Building Work Leaflet


The following guide has been produced by the Electrical Safety Council as part of their ongoing consumer awareness programme to get issues of electrical safety understood:

How safe is your home?

If you would like further information about Building Regulations compliance in England and Wales please visit:

Contact Us

For more information or to discuss your requirements please contact us on 01603 722163 or email us at info@crittenelectrical.co.uk.