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Electrician wanting £200 for NIc certificates

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Willow33 Mon 03-Mar-14 21:49:16

We had a building project manager who delegated work to an electrician. Once the work was done, the electrician told the project manager that it would be an extra £200 on top of the quote for the work done to get the certificates from the NICEIC
Isnt that wrong? Or is that common practise?
DH says we don't need the certs as we arent nmoving anyday soon.

MummytoMog Tue 04-Mar-14 12:32:28

Our electrician managed to find an extra �1300 to put onto our build costs. So no, sounds fairly common to me, but you should be taking it up with the project manager and he should sort it out or bear the cost himself.

PigletJohn Tue 04-Mar-14 12:49:17

it is wrong and he is a crook.

I suspect he is not himself suitably qualified and is going to have to pay someone else.

SimLondon Tue 04-Mar-14 13:09:37

Hi PigletJohn,

What do you mean?

MummytoMog Tue 04-Mar-14 13:35:43

Oh, PJ is right. He mustn't be registered and needs to pay someone to test it off and write the certificates. That's absolutely the project manager's fault, and I would be a bit concerned about the standard of the work in that case. My brother has a lapsed qualification, and so did some of our rewiring, but I paid the suitably qualified person to test it and sign it off.

PigletJohn Tue 04-Mar-14 13:38:38

the certificate needs to be signed by the person who designed the installation; the person who installed it; and the person who tested it. These might or might not be the same person.

If the electrician is a member of a Competent Person Scheme, he is authorised to write out and sign his own certificate. The cost is insignificant, and the idea of charging extra for it is ridiculous.

Apart from a BCO inspector, nobody can legally sign for work that someone else has done.

I don't believe this so-called electrician is a member of NICEIC or any of the other competent person schemes. If he is, complain to his scheme.

The Project manager, if competent, should be engaging people who are qualified and competent in their trades. He seems to have failed.

NoMoreMarbles Tue 04-Mar-14 13:43:23

My DH is an electrician but isnt Part P/2391 qualified yet so could not issue certificates. He has a friend who tests the jobs and issues NICEIC certificates at a cost of £100-£200 per job depending on the volume of testing to be done.

It sounds like the electrician you have hired may be doing similar.

Willow33 Tue 04-Mar-14 13:49:48

Our electrician is def qualified though

itiswhatitiswhatitis Tue 04-Mar-14 13:52:17

Qualified electrician or qualified part P electrician? They are not the same thing.

PigletJohn Tue 04-Mar-14 14:06:03

If you are working on domestic dwellings, the only "qualification" that counts, is being a member of a Competent Persons Scheme.

Being competent is not enough, and is (sadly) not the same.

There are a number of real qualifications that electricians can have.

oscarwilde Tue 04-Mar-14 15:15:24

If he's qualified then you should not be paying for the cert. Regardless the quote for the work should have stated that it would be done in compliance to current standards and certified as such, and so it is not unreasonable that you would not expect to have an additional charge on top.

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