MPs are calling for tougher restrictions to prevent barely-trained “electricians” rewiring homes and leaving householders in danger.
It is currently sufficient for such work to be overseen by a registered “competent person” under Part P of the building regulations introduced in 2005.
But a Commons committee believes anyone carrying out this kind of work should be required to hold certain qualifications and have significant on-the-job training to prevent incidents that can lead to serious accidents and personal injury claims.
It received evidence of some workers who had done no more than take a “two-hour open book exam” before carrying out domestic electrical work, while others took internet-advertised “five-week wonder” courses.
The politicians were even told people “stand as much chance of getting a competent person as asking a bloke down the pub to do the job” in some cases.
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The Communities and Local Government Committee recommended that no one should be allowed to carry out work covered by Part P without an NVQ Level III or equivalent and “a significant period of supervised on-the-job training” by 2019.
It also wants to see the introduction of a limit on the number of cases each “competent person” can be responsible for approving.
Some were found to be signing off more than 3,400 notifications a year at present, raising serious questions about how much protection is on offer.