What’s the difference between a certified and a qualified electrician?

If you want to make any major electrical alterations, repairs or carry out routine electrical maintenance to your home or business then the safest and most sensible thing you can do is call in a professional electrician. Perhaps you need to upgrade an antiquated ring mains, install a heating system or ensure that your business complies with all current Health & Safety legislation requirements. For all of these you need an expert with the right qualifications, the right experience and whom you can trust to deliver a premium quality service that’s safe, secure and meets all your requirements. And of course, you need to make sure that your electrician is doing all of at an affordable price.

So who do you call? Do you just need a qualified electrician or do you need a certified expert? And is there any difference between the two?

What is a qualified electrician?

Simply put, a qualified electrician is a professional electrician who has achieved qualifications in electrical installation, specifically the City and Guilds 2330 and 2356 certificates. Once these have been achieved they count as evidence to employers that a person is a fully qualified electrician. At MG London all of our electricians are also NICEIC registered. The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting is a trusted name in the industry. It is regarded as the electrical installation equivalent of Gas Safe, assuring you that your professional electrician works to a recognised standard of excellence. So you know you can trust them to provide an expert service, whether you’re looking for a complete rewiring of your home or just a few extra sockets around the office.

Are qualifications updated?

For electricians to retain the status of being ‘qualified’ they must ensure that they keep up with the latest best practice techniques and that their qualifications are updated. The IET Electrical Regulation BS 7671:2008 (2011) ensures that industry-standard qualifications are updated through the City & Guilds 2382-12 or 2382-20 certificates.

Are all electricians ‘qualified’?

To be able to call yourself a qualified electrician you must meet all the criteria by holding the relevant qualifications. At MG London, all of our electricians are qualified and undergo regular training to ensure they are fully up to date with all qualifications and industry best practice techniques. This continuous personal development means that our qualified electricians can deliver the best possible service to both domestic and commercial customers.

So what is a certified electrician?

Certain types of electrical installation and repairs require electricians to have additional certification. Certified electricians in London generally have additional Part P certification, which means they are permitted to carry out work covered under the Part P regulations without the need for a ‘sign off’ by a certified contractor or building inspector. Part P relates to the electrical safety rules introduced into the Building Regulations in 2005 by the government, and updated in 2013. At MG London all of our London based electricians are certified and fully qualified to the 17th edition of BS7671 (electrical regulations), so you know the electrician you call has the experience, expertise and certification to complete your electrical repairs, installations and assessments.

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