SparkSafe-Electricans Licence To Practice Schemes – A Dogs Breakfast?

by Editor on March 18, 2018

One of many comments we’ve received regarding SparkSafe and other schemes…

Firstly , I am a plumber and heating engineer, I was brought up on heating and electrics. HAD to become registered and ‘electrically qualified’ in 2005 (Party P) Firstly on Corgi defined scope scheme, then migrated to NAPIT and they ‘made’ me do 2391, amazingly to me first time pass as I found that a challenge and a half.

I dropped out of NAPIT last year as the volume of notifiable works I did was just no longer worth the annual fee etc etc. etc. So I now have public liability cover for electrical works except for notifiable stuff. I will be retired within four years.
Further to my pontification. Indeed why do we need multiple electrical registration schemes? A very good question indeed.

The cynic in me has to say, Do we need multiple mobile phone networks that at all basically garbage! Truth seems, none have continuous coverage, all replicate energy wasting infrastructure and Government won’t even enforce an inter UK network roaming agreement. Thus we are often unable to make an essential call because…..
Now, add in the multi energy providers, all providing superlative service and pricing (NOT) and we have a trend to the wasteful model that the bean counters that seem to run this planet worship and justify. Multiplicity of wasteful job creation.

So back to the dogs breakfast of Electrical competency schemes. Surely is it better to have loads of badly run schemes leaving the public confused, ripped off and all virtually toothless than perhaps ‘The electrical registration scheme’?
Sorry to have been so verbose but I am disillusioned and saddened by the grossly wasted potential of what could and should be…..

All the best – Jeremy

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Hi Jeremy

Thanks for getting your views off your chest!

Yes I generally agree with you and can see why you’ve become disallusioned.
I’m at the end of 40 years as an electrician and am relieved to be walking away from it all.

I’ve always considered competition as a good thing but have watched as these regulators/organisations have grown by making us workers jump through hoops.

We’ve basically had to pay to stay in the game just to carry on working every time they’ve decided to move the goalposts. And they’ve fought amongst themselves to get our money.
Not good for those starting out or still in the thick of it.

Of course I appreciate that H&S and electrical safety is essential but it’s been made into a money spinner. A goldmine if you’re in the business of making regulations, selling courses or registering workers.
I’m glad to be near the end now and not at the beginning!

All the best

Steve

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bayleydave March 19, 2018 at 16:23

I like Steve are fast approaching the end of my electrical contracting career. I believe we (the ones that are conscientious) are being screwed and laughed at by both the various, no numerous association’s, rule makers etc. and the cowboys and those not qualified to do the work, but continue to do so. Who cares? clearly not the likes of the NICEIC, Napitt and Uncle Tom Cobberley etc etc.
Like Steve will be glad to be out of it from this perspective.
Dave

GRAHAM FORD TIPPING March 18, 2018 at 17:42

TOTALLY AGREE AFTER LONG TIME IN INDUSTRY ALL WANT YOUR MONEY BUT NO ONE POLICING THE UNQUALIFIED AND THE UNREGISTERED AND EVERY YEAR MORE UNPAID PAPERWORK IT SHOULD BE MADE A LAW THEN POLICED THAT WOULD GIVE US ALL A LEVELL FIELD ROOT OUT THE COWBOYS AND UNQALIFIED

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