Whenever you’re hiring a tradesperson or contractor to carry out work on your home or place of work, it pays to choose someone that is registered and accredited in their area of expertise. This ensures work is carried out at a high standard and comes with an industry approved guarantee. For trades like plumbing and electrical where the quality of the work could have a big impact on the health and safety of your family or employees, the NICEIC symbol carries assurance that safety is guaranteed.
What is NICEIC?
NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) assesses and certifies contractors across several building services, including electricians, plumbers and gas and heating engineers. NICEIC registered contractors are assessed regularly to ensure standards remain consistently in line with NICEIC regulations.
For further peace of mind, the NICEIC offer their ‘platinum promise’ which covers all work undertaken within 6 years by a NICEIC registered contractor. This guarantees that any issues as a result of work carried out by a registered NICEIC contractor that has since ceased to trade, will be rectified.
The importance of NICEIC registration
Due to the nature of electrical work, homeowners, landlords or employees depend on the quality of the contractor’s work for their safety. With building regulations being updated regularly, it’s important to ensure your electrician is aware of and working to the latest regulations. So, NICEIC approval provides peace of mind not only to the client, but also to the contractor, who can be confident that the work they are carrying out is industry approved and guaranteed. Contractors can apply for registration directly to the NICEIC.
The risks of using unregistered contractors
Choosing to hire an unregistered contractor to save money is a false economy that is likely to cost you in the long run, in more ways than one. Without the NICEIC accreditation, you have no guarantee that the contractor carrying out your work is working to building regulations, or that it will be of high standard.
So, before booking your contractor, ask to see their credentials and check they are NICEIC registered. Get a few quotes and if one seems much cheaper than the others, double check that they aren’t using the NICEIC symbol fraudulently. The NICEIC have a wall of shame listing contractors who are doing this, so this is a good place to start if you have any doubts.
The benefits of choosing NICEIC registered contractors
In summary, regardless of the scale of the work you need to be carried out, you should always check your electrical contractor is NICEIC registered to ensure you get:
- A high standard of work following regular assessment against industry standards
- Work that meets the latest building regulations
- A guarantee on all work completed
For peace of mind, choose Point Electrical
At Point Electrical all our contractors are NICEIC approved. We are also listed as a Which? Trusted Trader, as well as being Hertfordshire Trading Standards approved. Our customer promise assures you of a high quality standard of work and reliable, flexible customer service. All our work comes with a 1-year guarantee as standard, and as NICEIC registered contractors, it is also covered by the Platinum Promise. Contact us for more information and to book a quote for your electrical work.