How can the accreditations an electrical contractor or electrician holds help you find someone reliable in Oxford or beyond?

Looking for a reliable company to undertake you electrical work can leave you searching for clues. With many firms making plausible claims for their service, how can a careful customer tell the genuinely qualified, experienced and trustworthy from the not-so-much?

One good indicator, and a reliable sign that an electrician in Oxford upholds a good standard of work and customer service is the trade certifications and accreditations held. Here is a quick guide for what to look out for:

NICEIC– this is the leading regulatory body for electricians in the UK. The organisation ensures that its members maintain a high standard of technical, safety, and customer service competence. It has over 26,000 contractors on its register and runs several voluntary schemes including:

  • Approved Contractor
  • Domestic Installer
  • PAT Testing

A NICEIC accreditation is sought after by electrical contractors, but check that any firm you use is in fact on the register – there are many cases of companies falsely claiming membership, and those discovered are named on the NICEIC Wall of Shame.

Competent Persons Register – is a programme to allow contractors and individual electricians to self-certify that work complies with Building Regulations, rather than having to submit a building notice or involve an inspector. A Competent Person will be approved through a The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) scheme.

City and Guilds – an association with this widely recognised and trusted education and training institution is an excellent sign of a commitment to ongoing training and development and a thoroughly professional approach to business. This skills development organisation is sought after worldwide for its wide range of vocation qualifications and apprenticeships.

If you want to find out more about an electrician with certification from all three of these bodies, get in touch with Roberts Electrical today.