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COMPETENCE REQUIREMENT RAISED BY THE EAS FOR PROPOSED NEW QUALIFIED SUPERVISORS


THE INDUSTRY BODIES REPRESENTED ON the management committee of the Electrotechnical Assessment Specifi cation (EAS), chaired by the ECA’s head of Technical Services, Giuliano Digilio, have agreed that with effect from 1 January 2012, a level of technical competence equivalent to Level 3 NVQ will be the minimum requirement for all new proposed Qualifi ed Supervisors, and sets it as a benchmark for ensuring safety standards within the electrical industry.


There are fi ve different routes to achieve this standard, including on-site assessment, off-site assessment, a mixture of both, and the gaining of appropriate qualifi cations.


Existing Qualifi ed Supervisors The new requirement does not apply retrospectively to existing Qualifi ed Supervisors. Persons who already have a competency- based qualifi cation as outlined within the EAS document will not have to take the new qualifi cation if they are applying to become a


new Qualifi ed Supervisor after 1 January 2012.


What about proposed Qualifi ed Supervisors applying before January 2012? The new requirement applies only to proposed Qualifi ed Supervisors applying after 1 January 2012.


What about persons previously registered as Qualifi ed Supervisors? Persons who have been working as registered Qualifi ed Supervisors within the two years preceding 1 January 2012 will be eligible to be nominated as a Qualifi ed Supervisor for a new employer without needing to demonstrate the new level of technical competence.


Qualifi cations For those choosing the qualifi cation route, the Level 3 NVQ Certifi cate in ‘Installing, Testing and Ensuring Compliance of Electrical Installation Work in Dwellings’ is expected to be available from 1 January 2012. This will be the minimum


qualifi cation level for Qualifi ed Supervisors having responsibility for electrical work in domestic premises subject to Part P of the Building Regulations (for England and Wales). For compliance with Building Regulations in Scotland, Approved Certifi ers of electrical installations must be eligible to be graded as Approved Electricians and be suitably qualifi ed, such as having an SVQ Level 3 in electrical engineering or equivalent. For work in commercial and industrial premises, the minimum qualifi cation for Qualifi ed Supervisors will be the new Level 3 NVQ ‘Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment (Building and Structures)’. Relevant electrotechnical NVQ qualifi cations are currently certifi cated through two UK awarding bodies: City & Guilds (www. cityandguilds.com) and EAL (www.eal.org.uk).


■ More information about Electrotechnical Level 3 NVQs is available on the SummitSkills, City & Guilds, and EAL websites


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