Electrical Licence to Practise is about connecting the competencies of licenced electrical workers with contracts. The online system provides Clients with a means of appointing electrical contractors who are committed to the recruitment, training and retention of competent electrical workers. The imperative to raise quality and improve standards in the industry, is well served by the application of an Electrical Licence to Practise system. Too many underqualified and unqualified workers have entered the supply chain, weakening the value proposition and Client perception of the industry.
Low levels of high quality, new entrants feature as an unfortunate characteristic of the modern industry. With some exception, the industry has been generally outbid by other existing and emergent sectors for the best of the school leaving population. Perception of the industry by schools, parents and young people are perhaps static at best. As a sector, we routinely fail to attract significant interest from A*- B grade GSCE and A level students.
The drivers for planned, continuous professional development in the industry remain weak. Unlike the gas industry, there is no absolute legal imperative to be qualified or up to date with full framework apprenticeship requirements or industry approved adult training requirements. This weakens the perceived and actual value of the trade by current industry workers, recent entrants and potential new entrants.
Licence to Practise has been employed by other sectors and industrialised Nations (USA, Australia etc.) to exceptional effect. The value proposition of the UK industry can be rapidly reformed and progressively modernised by the adoption of such a system.
Electrical Licence to Practise is about rewarding the responsible electrical contractor and improving or removing the rest, on behalf of the industries Clients.
Does your business complete Pre-Qualification Questionnaires for construction contracts? If so, then the following steps explain how you can become SparkSafe registered (please ensure your internet browser is set to Google Chrome). We have produced an IT Requirements Guide for all users of the SparkSafe system. We recommend you read this guide before starting your online application.
The first step is to create an online account. To do this, you must have a valid email address. You will also be required to provide your business address details, primary contact details, as well as creating a username and password. For security purposes, a validation email is sent to the email address that you provide. You will not be able to proceed to the online application until you have completed this step.
The online application should take around 10 minutes to complete. You will be required to provide business details such as your Registered Business Name, Trading Name, Business Type and Company Registration Number (if applicable).
Once you have completed the application process, you must review the information you have provided to ensure it is correct and accurate. You have two payment options available at the end of the application process.
Once you have selected the payment method and provided all relevant information, a confirmation email is sent to you with instructions on what you should do next.
All registered contractors will have their current registration details uploaded to the SparkSafe website. A list of all current registered electrical contractors are listed here.
Electrical contractors are issued with a unique SparkSafe system user certificate. The certificate is used by the electrical contractor to support direct tendering opportunities or included as part of a bid team evidence bundle, where a main contractor is taking the lead. The system user certificate is considered as a compliance document for a standard pass/fail question on Pre-Qualification Questionnaires. The system user certificate will be issued annually and will contain the electrical contractors name, membership number, date of registration and expiry date.
You will be required to renew your registration annually. An online notification of your upcoming renewal at least 60 days prior to the expiry date of your current registration will be sent automatically to you via the SparkSafe system. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your registration is kept up to date at all times. Failure to renew within the agreed timescale means you will be denied access to the SparkSafe system and your online account. SparkSafe’s online renewal service will be available 60 days prior to registration expiry date.
Funding for the LtP system lies with the industry. Electrical Contractors make an annual payment of £485 towards the development, maintenance and use of the system.
Payment can be made online with a credit or debit card. To pay online you must complete your online application and select “Submit and Pay Online” at the end of the application process. Payments made online are confirmed via an automated email message.
To pay by invoice you must complete your online application and select “Submit and Pay by Invoice” at the end of the application process. You will have the option to record a purchase order number if required. We will forward an invoice showing the amount due to be paid and the payment terms (normally within 30 days).
Refund requests will be processed by SparkSafe where 30 calendar days’ notice has been provided, from the submission date of registration. Any requests for refunds that exceed the 30 calendar days’ notice period will not be granted. To request a refund please email firstname.lastname@example.org