The Electrotechnical Assessment Specification Management Committee (EAS) has agreed to delay the implementation of the new Qualified Supervisors technical competence requirements until 6 April 2013, to align with anticipated revisions to Part P of the Building Regulations (England and Wales).
The industry bodies represented on the Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) Management Committee are pleased to announce that the new level 3 qualification is expected to become available by June 2012, with the first candidates completing some two months later. In order to align with changes likely to occur regarding Part P of the Buildings Regulations (England and Wales), the committee has now agreed that the new requirements will come into effect on 6 April 2013.
There will be several routes to satisfying the requirements for registration as a Qualified Supervisor, including on-site assessment, off-site assessment, a mixture of the two, and the gaining of appropriate qualifications. A Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings (QCF) will be the minimum qualification level for Qualified Supervisors responsible for electrical work in domestic properties subject to Part P of the Building Regulations (for England and Wales). EAL will be launching this qualification in June 2012.
For compliance with Building Regulations in Scotland, Approved Certifiers of construction for electrical installations must be eligible to be graded as Approved Electricians and be suitably qualified e.g. SVQ Level 3 in electrical engineering or equivalent.
For work in commercial or industrial premises, the minimum qualification requirement for Qualified Supervisors will be the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Building Structures and the Environment) (QCF), including the Level 3 NVQ Diploma available from EAL.
What the changes mean for …
… existing Qualified Supervisors
The new requirement will not apply retrospectively to existing Qualified Supervisors. Individuals who already have a competency-based qualification recognised by EAS Management Committee will not need to have the new qualification if they apply to become a new Qualified Supervisor after 5 April 2013.
… practising Qualified Supervisors applying before 6 April 2013
The new requirement applies only to proposed Qualified Supervisors applying after 5 April 2013.
… those previously registered as Qualified Supervisors
Anyone who has been working as a registered Qualified Supervisor within the two years preceding 6 April 2013 will be eligible to be proposed as a Qualified Supervisor for a new employer without needing to demonstrate the new level of technical competence.
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