We all know where we would be without electricity ! In the UK, just about every single domestic dwelling is supplied by electricity to power the lighting and home appliances. We also know that if electrical installation is either incorrect or of a sub standard level, then electricity is going to be dangerous and may even kill!

It is for this reason that in 2005, Part P of the Building Regulations was introduced.Installing showers, extractor fans or other types of electrical equipment by a plumber in bathrooms or kitchens, defined as 'special locations', is subject to notifying the local building control under the Part P competency scheme.

Part P enables an universal and equal assessment where contractors can prove competency to a required standard of work, and provides a system of appraisal in order that they can safely work on electrical equipment in the home, thoroughly check a circuit for safety and issue an Electrical Installation Certificate that complies with Building Regulation requirements, thus self-certifying their own work.

The big benefit to the contractor of being part of the scheme is that not only is there peace of mind by knowing compliance with the law has been followed correctly by the notification of work, but also the consumer is protected and the contractor can both promote this recognised standard to underline his quality of work and ultimately, increase business. In the event of a customer complaint, an audited procedure is in place so the contractor also has back up and support, especially if the complaint is unjustified.Able Skills offers a special combined Plumbing and Electrical course to include Plumbing qualifications as well as Electrical Domestic Installer qualifications which will enable the carrying out of the full scope of plumbing duties within domestic dwellings.

This 10 week package delivers comprehensive training of Plumbing and Electrical skills and competence and will guide you through the City & Guilds 6129 level 2 Plumbing Technical Certificate followed by Electrical training to give you guidance and qualifications to register as a competent person for the purposes of domestic installations (Part P). Upon completion, the next step will be to obtain the Domestic Installer Qualification which will enable you to register for Part P.