Anyone wishing to apply for a SparkSafe Licence to Practise must complete the online application (please ensure your internet browser is set to Google Chrome). The online application process should take around 15 minutes to complete. Every effort will be made to process applications within 4 weeks from the date that all supporting documents have been received by the SparkSafe team. Before starting the application, we recommend that you make use of our application checklist as well as checking your eligibility for a Licence. The checklist can be downloaded for your use and referral. We have also produced an IT Requirements Guide for all users of the SparkSafe system. We recommend you read this guide before starting your application.
To do this, you must have a valid email address. You will be required to provide contact details, as well as creating a username and password. For security purposes, a validation email will be 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 can be broken down into the following stages –
Once you have completed each step of the application process, we recommend you take time to review the information you have provided to ensure it is true and accurate. You will be presented with a payment screen at the end of the application process. Payment must be made before your application can be submitted.
Once you have made payment and provided all relevant information, a confirmation email will be sent to you with instructions on what you should do next. Every effort will be made to process applications within 4 weeks from the date that all supporting documents have been received by the SparkSafe team.
To process your application as quickly as possible, please ensure that you submit the following supporting documentation (Supporting Documents Checklist)
Evidence of Qualifications
To help speed up the approval process, please provide us with authentic copies of your electrical and other relevant qualifications Qualification Information. These are required before your licence can be approved. You may be asked by the SparkSafe team to submit your original certificates for verification and validation purposes. Please note that falsely claiming to hold a qualification is a criminal offence under the Fraud Act 2006.
If you are an electrical apprentice, you need to provide a signed copy of your Personal Training Plan and your Delivery Agreement. If your employer doesn’t hold copies of your Personal Training Plan and Delivery Agreement, these can be obtained from your college.
Provide Photographic ID
Proof of identity is required. You must provide us with personal photographic identification in the form of a Passport, Driving Licence or Electoral Card (a copy will be accepted if clear).
Email a Digital Photograph
Your photo is a vital part of your application. To enable us to attach a photograph to your online Licence, please email a digital photograph from shoulders up against a plain white background firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Photos copied or digitally scanned from Driving Licences or other official documents are not acceptable. Detailed guidance on photograph requirements can be found at www.sparksafeltp.co.uk
The Employment Verification Table must be completed and returned to SparkSafe as soon as possible to ensure your application can be processed in a timely manner. Employment verification is required, covering a minimum of 2 years. This table must be completed by your employer(s), include details of start/end dates, job title(s) and a detailed description of the duties carried out. The table must have a company stamp or be emailed directly to SparkSafe from a company email address. [email to email@example.com]
Failure to submit all supporting documentation may result in a delay in approving your Licence.
You will be advised via email of the outcome of your application. Where an application for a QE licence has been made and the full criteria has not been met, your application will automatically be approved as a REW licence where this criteria is met. You must ensure that you log into your SparkSafe account and check for any recommendations that have been made by the SparkSafe approval team.
If you are unhappy with your licence outcome, you can appeal the decision. Details on the appeals procedure can be found here.