That’s a very good question and I hope to provide you with the answers you’re looking for. Basically on January 1st 2005 there were a few new building regulations made and Part P was just one of these. The building regulations that were made run from Part A to Part P.
The Part P regulation states that you must notify the local authority when you carry out electrical work, however if you are registered under the Part P scheme then this wouldn’t apply to you, you wouldn’t have to notify the local authority. You can carry out electrical work without having to worry about contacting anyone with regards to your work. Working under the Part P scheme will prove to potential customer’s that you are fully competent as a plumber and can carry out electrical work too.
I want to register but how do I do it?
Well to register under the Part P scheme you must be fully competent, you will be expected to work safely and efficiently on all electrical equipment for domestic use.
What happens is you’ll be assessed by a governing body assessor and it’s then you must prove you’re fully competent as you complete your tasks. You will need to show that you already have a good knowledge regarding electrical installation as well as the qualification to prove it. Then they will really now that you are fully competent when working with electrical equipment around the home.
There are many governing bodies under the Part P scheme, you may know some of them already, but here’s a reminder of all of them, ELECSA, NAPIT, NICEIC, BRITISH STANDARDS AND ECA.
For more information regarding Part P here is a link to the PDF documents, it’s well worth a look at for help and advice.
What will Part P do for me?
Part P is essential if you really want to boost your workload and prove to potential customers or employers that you are fully competent at carrying out electrical work. Once you are registered under the Part P scheme you’ll be able to carry out a wide range of tasks including installing electrical showers or maybe installing extractor fans for the kitchen that goes above the cooking hob. You can work with central heating controls, immersion heaters and controls you can install or replace these. You can deal with extension of ring mains and also bond earth for locations including bathrooms, shower rooms and also kitchens. You can also install or replace macerator units.
So as you can see becoming registered under the Part P scheme really would open new doors for you with regards to the different tasks you can carry out competently.
I want to get trained up but where do I start?
That’s great news to hear entering into the plumbing industry is a good move and an exciting new career awaits you. So getting back to your training, there are many routes into the construction industry, plumbing training centres are an especially good choice as they are dotted all over the UK, you’re almost guaranteed to find one close to home. They suit all ages and you can still carry on with your current job while you train. That’s the best thing about them they offer great flexibility with regards to the amount of time you have spare to put into your studies. They cover all the theory and practical sides of plumbing and they offer full time and part time courses.
One thing to point out is to make sure that the plumbing course you’re planning on completing has Part P in the course, double check this as it’s very important as not all courses cover this.
If however you are already working as a plumber there are short or sometimes called refresher courses that may suit your needs better. They are basically for plumbers who want to boost their work portfolio by gaining more certificates, including a certificate in electrical installation.
Becoming an apprentice is another great option to entering into the plumbing industry. You’ll be trained up by a professional and you’ll get paid as you train. This is one of the best routes into the industry, but there are age limits and competition is quite fierce as there are limited spaces available each year.
Well that’s about it from me I really hope you’ve gained much more info on Part P and that you can know see how important it could be for your future working in the plumbing industry. It really will boost your income and your work load. So let me now wish you the very best of luck with it all. Good luck!