SA4E group publishes competence guidelines
The Skills Alliance for Electricians (SA4E) has published new guidance outlining the skills and competences required for individuals to carry out electrical installation work within dwellings in England and Wales.
SA4E comprises representatives of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry, the Electrical Contractors' Association, Unite the union, SummitSkills, the Engineering Council and more recently the Highways Electrical Association. Working with the Building Control Alliance, the group has produced the new peer-reviewed Guidance for Building Control Bodies.
IET Director of Membership and Professional Development, Michelle Richmond, said: "The main purpose of this new Guidance is to enhance standards and the competence recognition of electricians so that home owners can be confident that the work being carried out in their homes meets all the safety requirements."
Guidance for Building Control Bodies incorporates a qualification and competence risk indicator which can be used by Building Control Bodies to assess the level of confidence they can place in the individual to undertake the work competently and safely and as a result the degree of supervision and inspection they should exercise.
SA4E was formed from a previous Technical Advisory Panel and Steering Group (TAPS) which published findings from a large research study that focused on electrician technician registration (May 2013). The Highway Electrical Association joined the SA4E in May 2014.
Qualified and experienced electricians are eligible to apply for the Engineering Technician (EngTech) professional registration.
To find out more and download the IET-BCA Guidance Document visit www.theiet.org/sa4e