FAQs

  CLIENT FAQs

Q. What are the main benefits of the system?

Better people produce better outcomes. Fully qualified electricians are more likely to produce better quality and safer work for their Clients. The system gives online visibility to the Client and their professional team of who is doing the work and how qualified/competent or otherwise they really are.

Q. Where does LtP fit in?

The system works best if it is clearly specified at the PQQ stage of the procurement cycle and then applied as an expressed condition of contract at the point of contract award.

Q. Is the system policed?

An established auditing system is in place. This takes the form of a desk top and/or site based audit. The audit is aimed at reporting on the Main Contractors compliance with contract award conditions. Essentially, the audit process highlights if the Main Contractor is taking steps to ensure that the appointed Electrical Contractor is providing Licenced Electrical Workers to undertake the work.

Q. How is this initiative funded?

Funding for the LtP system lies with the industry. Electrical Contractors make an annual contribution towards the development and maintenance of the system. Electrical Workers pay for a three year Licence. Client organisations and Main Contractors have access to the system free of charge.

Q. Does the system produce Client reports?

The system has been designed with client visibility and contractor accountability in mind. Report options are freely available to the Client. These are formatted to display the Electrical Contractor’s Workforce Composition by worker identity and electrical Licence type.

Q. Where do the BS7671 Wiring Requirements feature in the system?

Uniquely, the system obliges qualified electricians to be fully up to date with accredited knowledge of the current BS7671 Wiring Requirements. This means that you will have online, independently verified assurance concerning those who wire, connect, fit and commission the electrical work on your project.
  ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR FAQs

Q. Can I promote my SparkSafe registration?

Yes, you can use the SparkSafe logo to promote your registration, please refer to the Guidance on use of the SparkSafe logo download

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Q. What’s the difference between LtP and self-certification schemes?

Electricians are obliged to inspect, test and certify the electrical safety of wiring systems that they install, repair or alter. This process is sometimes referred to as self-certification. The obligation to carry out (initial, periodic and minor works) certification of electrical systems is based upon the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the BS7671 Wiring Requirements for Electrical Installations.

Q. What is the difference in SparkSafe LtP and JIB card?

The JIB proposition is based upon an established plastic card system.

Q. Why do I need to be become SparkSafe Registered?

Electrical Contractors applying for Government Construction tendering opportunities in Northern Ireland, will be obliged to comply with Licence to Practice Initiative for Electrical Workers.

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Q. Do I need to be SparkSafe LtP registered?

Only those Electrical Contractors who complete Pre-Qualification Questionnaires for Government Construction contracts are required to register. The LtP Initiative applies to all appropriate NI Government construction contracts from 1 February 2016.

Q. How do I register my business?

To register as Electrical Contractor, please go to the SparkSafe homepage and click Apply. The process 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).

Q. How long does my SparkSafe LtP registration last?

You will be required to renew the registration annually. We will send you an online notification of your upcoming renewal 60 days prior to the expiry date of your current registration.

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Q. How much does it cost to register my business with SparkSafe LtP?

The registration fee for Electrical Contractors is £485. This is an annual fee.

Q. Can I register as both a Main Contractor and an Electrical Contractor?

Yes, it is possible to register as both a Main Contractor and an Electrical Contractor. You will need to create an account in both the Main Contractor and Electrical Contractor sections of the website.

Q. What evidence do I need to provide to demonstrate that my business is SparkSafe LtP Registered?

You will be issued with a SparkSafe System User Certificate (electronic and hard copy) which will contain the Company Name, Membership Number, Date of Registration and Expiry Date. This certificate can be used to support direct tendering opportunities or be included as part of a bid team evidence bundle, where Main Contractors are taking the lead.

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Q. How do I pay the registration fee?

Electrical Contractors can pay the annual fee of £485 online or by requesting an invoice.

Q. What is the difference between a Main Contact and Project Contact within the SparkSafe system?

There are two contact types within the SparkSafe system.

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Q. What are the Licence Types for Electrical Workers?

Electrical Workers apply for one of three Licence types based upon their qualifications, skills and experience. The three Licence types are

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Q. Who pays for an Electrical Workers Licence?

It is the Electrical Workers responsibility to apply and pay for their own Licence to Practice.

Q. How do I make connections with Electrical Workers?

Once you have successfully registered with SparkSafe, you are required to make connections with your electrical workforce (both directly employed workers and sub-contract workers).

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Q. How do I update an existing users details linked to my business?

You will need to access your Electrical Contractors Members Area. Once you are logged in go to (Manage Users). This function will allow you to edit existing users that are linked to your business as well as create new users.

Q. I have forgotten my log-in details, what should I do?

If your application has not been submitted to SparkSafe, you will need to contact us on 028 25 666 835 or email enquiries@sparksafeltp.co.uk to unlock your account.

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Q. How do I disable an existing user?

If you wish to prevent an existing user from accessing the SparkSafe LtP system, you need to set their status to disabled. You can do this from the (Manage Users) screen.

Q. I have been locked out of the system, how do I access my members area?

If you input your log-in details incorrectly three times, the website will lock you out for security reasons. To unlock your account, you will need to contact us on 02825666835 or email enquiries@sparksafeltp.co.uk and we will reset your account.

Q. Can I cancel my SparkSafe LtP registration?

If you wish to cancel your SparkSafe registration, please contact a member of the SparkSafe team.

Q. What is a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ)?

A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire, normally abbreviated to ‘PQQ’, is a questionnaire that suppliers or contractors must fill out when bidding for work or when applying for an approved supplier list.

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  ELECTRICAL WORKER FAQs

Q. My employer has asked me to apply for a Licence, why do I need it?

The Licence to Practice (LtP) Initiative requires that only Licenced Electrical Workers are employed to undertake electrical installation work on behalf of Government Clients.

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Q. What’s the difference between LtP and self-certification schemes?

Electricians are obliged to inspect, test and certify the electrical safety of wiring systems that they install, repair or alter. This process is sometimes referred to as self-certification. The obligation to carry out (initial, periodic and minor works) certification of electrical systems is based upon the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the BS7671 Wiring Requirements for Electrical Installations.

Q. What is the difference in SparkSafe LtP and JIB card?

The JIB proposition is based upon an established plastic card system.

Q. How can I apply for a SparkSafe Licence to Practice?

All applications must be completed online. You can find out more about the application process here.

Q. What type of Licence should I apply for?

Electrical Workers apply for one of three Licence types based upon their qualifications, skills and experience. The three Licence types are

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Q. I am having difficulty viewing my application online

The SparkSafe system has been created for use with a specific internet browser - Google Chrome.

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Q. How much does a SparkSafe Licence to Practice cost and how can I make payment?

Three Licence types have been developed and determined for the benefit and understanding of the Client. They are not intended or designed to match established pay and grading structure.

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Q. What evidence will you accept regarding my qualifications?

We will accept a copy of your certificate(s) showing your result. These may be posted or scanned to us.

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Q. Do I need an employer to apply for my Licence?

You don’t need to be employed to apply for a Licence to Practice. However, during the application process you will be asked to provide relevant information regarding your employment history.

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Q. How long is my Licence valid for?

Your Licence will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval.

Q. Who pays for the Licence?

The Electrical Licence to Practice is valid for 3 years from the date of approval. The Electrical Worker is required to pay for their own Licence.

Q. What should I do if I have difficulties completing my application?

If you experience difficulties completing your online application, please call our office on 02825666835.

Q. I have forgotten my log-in details, what should I do?

If your application has not been submitted to SparkSafe, you will need to contact us on 028 25 666 835 or email enquiries@sparksafeltp.co.uk to unlock your account.

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Q. I have locked myself out of my account

If you input your login details incorrectly three times, the website will lock you out for security reasons. To unlock your account, you will need to contact us on 028 25 666 835 or email enquiries@sparksafeltp.co.uk and we will reset your account.

Q. How do I connect with my employer?

It is the responsibility of the Electrical Contractor to make connections with their Electrical Workers (both directly employed workers and sub-contract workers). Your employer can only connect with you once your Licence has been approved. You will receive an email notification when a connection request has been made. You must log into your Members Area to accept or reject connection request(s).

Q. Who has access to my personal information?

The information submitted during the application process will be assessed by the SparkSafe team to determine your eligibility for a Licence. Your account is private and cannot be accessed by anyone other than yourself and the SparkSafe team.

Q. Can I cancel my Licence?

If you choose to cancel your Licence, we can provide a refund. The amount refunded is dependent upon the cancellation period.

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Q. How can I prove that I have a Licence to Practice?

You will be given a unique membership number once you apply for a Licence to Practice. Once your Licence has been approved, people can search for your online profile from the SparkSafe LtP homepage via Find a SparkSafe Licenced Electrical Worker. To search, the client will need to input your first name and membership number.

Q. How long will it take to approve my application?

Every effort will be made to process all completed applications within 4 weeks from the date they are received by the SparkSafe team.

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Q. What evidence do I need to submit to support my online application?

You are required to provide copies of all qualifications declared during the application process (eg. NVQ Level 3, 17th Edition and other relevant qualifications). These may be scanned or posted to us.

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Q. Will I receive a SparkSafe LtP card?

The Electrical Licence to Practice system makes innovative use of online technology. Plastic cards are replaced by online profiles. The online profile provides the name and photographic identity of the worker, as well as the workers Licence type, Membership Number and Expiry Date.

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  GENERAL FAQs

Q. What’s the difference between LtP and self-certification schemes?

Electricians are obliged to inspect, test and certify the electrical safety of wiring systems that they install, repair or alter. This process is sometimes referred to as self-certification. The obligation to carry out (initial, periodic and minor works) certification of electrical systems is based upon the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the BS7671 Wiring Requirements for Electrical Installations.

Q. What is the difference in SparkSafe LtP and JIB card?

The JIB proposition is based upon an established plastic card system.

Q. Can a Licence be revoked?

SparkSafe reserves the right to revoke a Licence where information or supporting evidence provided is found to be incorrect, fraudulent or misleading.

Q. What is a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ)?

A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire, normally abbreviated to ‘PQQ’, is a questionnaire that suppliers or contractors must fill out when bidding for work or when applying for an approved supplier list.

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  MAIN CONTRACTOR FAQs

Q. Can I promote my SparkSafe registration?

Yes, you can use the SparkSafe logo to promote your registration, please refer to the Guidance on use of the SparkSafe logo download

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Q. What’s the difference between LtP and self-certification schemes?

Electricians are obliged to inspect, test and certify the electrical safety of wiring systems that they install, repair or alter. This process is sometimes referred to as self-certification. The obligation to carry out (initial, periodic and minor works) certification of electrical systems is based upon the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the BS7671 Wiring Requirements for Electrical Installations.

Q. What is the difference in SparkSafe LtP and JIB card?

The JIB proposition is based upon an established plastic card system.

Q. Do I need to apply to SparkSafe LtP as a Main Contractor?

Main Contractors applying for Northern Ireland Government Construction tendering opportunities that include electrical installations will be obliged to comply with (PGN 01/16).

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Q. How do I register as a Main Contractor?

To register as Main Contractor, go to the SparkSafe homepage and click Apply. The process 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).

Q. Who is responsible for creating the Project on the SparkSafe system?

It is the responsibility of the Client to create the Project within the SparkSafe LtP system once the contract has been awarded.

Q. When will I see the Project details?

Once all project details have been entered by the Client, a new entry in the Live Project section of your Members Area will be visible for both the Client and Main Contractors.

Q. Who makes the connection with the Electrical Contractor?

Once the contract has been awarded to the Electrical Contractor, it is the responsibility of the Main Contractor to create a connection with the Electrical Contractor via the Project within the SparkSafe system.

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Q. Who is responsible for adding Electrical Workers to a Project?

Once you have made the connection with the Electrical Contractor and the connection has been accepted, your Electrical Contractor has responsibility of adding Electrical Workers to the Project via the system.

Q. What are the benefits of being SparkSafe LtP Registered?

Once both the Electrical Contractor and Electrical Workers have been added to the project you will be able to gain a unique insight into the workforce composition for each individual project. You will be able to assess and determine the suitability of each individual worker and ensure that they are matched to the requirements of the Client.

Q. How much does it cost to register my business with SparkSafe LtP?

Funding the LtP system lies with the industry. Electrical Contractors make an annual contribution towards the development and maintenance of the system. Electrical Workers pay for a three year Licence. Client organisations and Main Contractors have access to the system free of charge.

Q. What evidence do I need to provide to show that my business is SparkSafe LtP Registered?

You will be issued with a unique SparkSafe Membership Number once you register online.

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Q. Can I register both an Electrical Contractor and a Main Contractor?

Yes, it is possible to register as both a Main Contractor and an Electrical Contractor. You will need to create an account in both the Main Contractor and Electrical Contractor sections of the website.

Q. What is the difference between a Main Contact and Project Contact within the SparkSafe system?

There are two contact types within the SparkSafe system.

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Q. How do I create Electrical Contractor Connections?

To create a connection with an Electrical Contractor, log-in to connect the Electrical Contractor to your members area and select the project that you want to allocate to. Click "modify" and you will then be able to add/remove an Electrical Contractor Details to the project. An email notification will be generated automatically to the Electrical Contractor who must then accept or reject the connection request.

Q. How do I update existing users details linked to my business?

You will need to access your Main Contractors Members Area. Once you are logged in go to "Manage Users". This function will allow you to edit existing users that are linked to your business as well as create new users.

Q. Can I modify Project details within the system?

Project details can be modified by clicking on the view button for the project you want to modify. This will open up the project details screen, where you can amend the project dates and add/remove Electrical Contractors linked to the project.

Q. How can I reset a Users Password?

The Main Contact can reset a user’s password. Within the Members Area, go to Manage Users, click Edit on the contact you want to reset the password for, click Modify. At the bottom of the screen there will be an option to Reset Password, the selected user will receive an email with instructions of what to do next.

Q. I have forgotten my log-in details, what should I do?

If your application has not been submitted to SparkSafe, you will need to contact us on 028 25 666 835 or email enquiries@sparksafeltp.co.uk to unlock your account.

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Q. I have locked myself out of my account

If you input your login details incorrectly three times, the website will lock you out for security reasons. To unlock your account, you will need to contact us on 028 25 666 835 or email enquiries@sparksafeltp.co.uk and we will reset your account.

Q. Can I cancel my SparkSafe registration?

If you no longer require your SparkSafe LtP registration, you can contact the SparkSafe team to cancel your registration.