Registered Competent Persons – Electrical (RCPE) is a register that brings all the competent persons schemes (AKA Part P schemes) such as NICEIC and Elecsa together and one search tool. From here you can enter in a post code to find a Registered Electrician or enter a company name of an Electrician to check if they are a Registered Competent Electrician.
All registered electrical contractors are permitted to display the mark are registered to undertake work on domestic electrical installations under the Competent Person Scheme, So you if you see this sign on their van, t-shirt, website then the chances are they are registered and you can clarify this using the online register. The RCPE was introduced by the Government, to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations and to simply the search for a quality Electrician.
These electricians meet strict qualification requirements and their work is regularly assessed by their electrical Competent Person Scheme Operator to ensure their ongoing competence. The list of Government-approved electrical Competent Person Scheme Operators, their requirements and how they are authorised can be found on the Gov.uk website.
This mark and register is open to all competent, registered electrical installers in England and Wales undertaking work for householders.
The benefits of using an Electrician from the RCPE.
- They work to the IET Wiring Regulations (BS7671) which is the definitive Standard for electrical installations in the UK
- They meet strict entry requirements, which take account of qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and insurance policies
- Their work is regularly assessed by a Government-approved Scheme Operator to ensure their ongoing competence and that it meets the correct standards
- They will give you a BS7671 certificate to confirm that their work has been designed, inspected and tested in line with the BS7671 electrical safety standard. If the work is notifiable, they will also arrange a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate to confirm compliance with Building Regulations, which should be issued to you by their Scheme Operator within 30 days of the completion of the installation.
- They are permitted to self-certify their work against the Building Regulations, saving you the need to notify the work with your Local Authority Building Control department
- They have valid insurance policies in place, including Public Liability Insurance
- All Government-approved scheme operators have a complaints procedure, which means they will investigate complaints about registered electricians who have not complied with technical standards
- They have been authorised by Government to self-certify that their work is compliant with Building Regulations.
There are more than 41,000 firms now listed on the Registered Competent Person Electrical website.