I am qualified to issue an Electrical Installation Certificate which can be used for a variety uses. I cover West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Some of the major towns I cover are listed on this page.
What Is An Electrical Installation Certificate?
An Electrical Installation Certificate is a certificate (also referred to as a report) issued by a competent electrician when installing any new electrical installation. A single circuit is also a new installation, as is altering, extending or adapting an existing circuit. The certificate is issued to the homeowner once the work has been completed which confirms that all work carried out conforms to BS7671.
Do You Need An Electrical Installation Certificate?
I am usually asked to provide an Electrical Installation Certificate for:
- a new fuse board
- a new lighting circuit or socket circuit
- certifying the electrical installation in an extension or loft
Please note, if your electrical installation is for 'minor works' then it may be more appropriate to have a minor electrical installation works certificate issued. There are special rules if you have a HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) which may mean you require an Emergency Lighting Certificate.
Every electrical installation deteriorates over time and continued use. It is important that the person who is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the electrical installation is sure that user is safe and not put at any risk. The installation should remain safe and in a serviceable condition.
What Does Electrical Installation Certificate Testing Involve?
Your competent electrician will check the installation against the requirements of BS7671 – The Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations) – this is the British Standard to which electrical safety is measured across the country and is updated when deemed necessary.
The electrician will take into account the age and circumstances of the installation and check the following:
- whether the installation is adequately earthed
- whether the installation is adequately bonded
- whether switchgear and controls are suitable
- whether serviceability of equipment is adequate
- the type of wiring and it's condition
- the provision of RCD's for socket outlets which can be used to plug in equipment for outdoor use
- the presence of suitable notices and identification
It is important to note that there should be no issues or recommendations to be noted on the certificate and everything should be up to the latest standard.
Who Can Produce An Electrical Installation Certificate Report?
Insurers always ask that you use a relevant, accredited and competent electrician. Any electrician you use should hold the City and Guilds 2391 in Inspection, Testing and Verification which enables them to register with NICEIC (the UK governing body for competent electricians).
What Does An Electrical Installation Certificate Look Like?
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What Does An Electrical Installation Certificate Cost?
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How Long Does an Electrical Installation Certificate Last?
How Long Does a Commercial Electrical Installation Certificate Last?
All commercial premises should be tested every 5 years except for the following:
Industrial premises – 3 years
Cinemas – 1 year
Leisure complexes – 1 year
Theaters – 1 year
Agricultural or horticultural – 3 years
Caravan sites – 1 year