Electrical Safety Standard Changes


There have been some changes in terms of electrical safety standards when it comes to privately rented properties. Today we will be looking at these changes and identifying what this means for people who currently work as electricians as well as how to get involved with our electrical courses here at Able Skills. We provide comprehensive electrical training aimed at producing a high-quality of professional and have been doing so since 2003!


What are the changes?


"On 13th January 2020, plans were laid out in Parliament for ‘Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020’. Once ratified by the House of Commons and the House of Lords, these new regulations will take effect from July 1st for new tenancies and April 1st 2021 for existing tenancies." The changes mean that electricians will now need to hold an additional qualification before being able to carry out work in these properties, the qualification in question is 2391 also known as Level 3 Award in Inspection and Testing. Landlords will know if you have this qualification as Scheme Providers such as the NICEIC have an ‘Approved Contractor’ status for those with the relevant Inspection & Testing experience.


Once the proposed regulations come into practice, it will be mandatory for private landlords and letting agents to ensure electrical installations are periodically inspected and tested at a minimum of once every five years by a qualified electrician, whether the property is occupied or not.


Research by NLA (National Landlord Association. (2020). [online] www.lardlords.org.uk//. Available at: landlords.org.uk/news-campaigns/blogs/how-identify-the-right-electrician-carry-out-new-electrical-inspections [Accessed 31 Jan. 2020].


Electrical courses

Electrical courses here at Able Skills, Dartford.


Seeking training?


Interested in becoming a domestic electrician? If you are seeking electrical training then you are in the right place, here at Able Skills we host a huge range of electrical courses, from beginner level courses to more advanced aspects of the trade. No matter your starting point we can turn you into a professional, prepared to work out in the industry! If you have little experience and you would like to get a taste of the trade then our  Introduction to Basic Domestic Electrics might be a great starting point, during which you will learn the fundamentals and have an opportunity to know if the trade is for you and whether or not you can see yourself carrying out these tasks on a daily basis and ultimately having a career in electrics.


We aim to provide our students with a full and comprehensive understanding of how to carry out domestic-based electrical work efficiently, safely and in accordance with the industry standard. Our Domestic Electrical Part-P Package is the ideal starting point on the journey to becoming a competent person. The course is delivered using a blended learning approach, mixing theory and practical, keeping you engaged at all times - We overall aim to give you real confidence in the practical skill itself and a great knowledge of the trade as a whole, this is a package of electrician courses including Introduction to Basic Domestic Electrics, 18th Edition & Level 2 Inspection & Testing over a period of 20-days in total. After this course you may want to move on to our Level 3 Award in Inspection and Testing. 


Upon Completion – scheme registration:


Various competent persons scheme providers will have different entry requirements and ways of assessing your competence, so it is advised that you consider contacting your preferred provider ahead of booking a course to confirm their requirements. Some scheme providers will require evidence of practical experience before progressing your application. Some may also test your competence with an online knowledge assessment to ensure you have the required understanding to progress your application. We do recommend that complete new entrants work with an experienced electrician to build up experience.


For additional information:


Want to know more about the Electrical courses that we offer? Simply contact us over the phone by calling 0808 100 3245. If you would prefer to speak to us in person, then know that we encourage you to pay us a visit, we are open 7-days a week all year round. We will help you as best as we can understand whatever training you are seeking, we can help you get enrolled and we will even show you around our centre so you can see for yourself the outstanding work that we do here, come into our office anytime between 8:30 - 16:30!


If you live a fair distance from our training centre, be aware that we do offer accommodation to our students, located just a short walk away from us and for the reasonable price of £20 per night! - If you are interested, make sure to contact us ahead of your courses' starting date as spaces are limited!


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