The possession of a QE Licence type provides industry clients and employers with evidence that the holder is committed to remaining up to date with current knowledge of the BS7671 Wiring Requirements.
The 18th Edition version of BS7671 came into effect on the 1st July 2018. A transitional period of six months means that the 18th Edition version will run alongside the old 17th Edition for a period of six months. During this period, electrical contractors and clients are permitted to make use of either standard to design and install electrical services.
From the 1st January 2019, the minimum industry standard for design and installation services will become the 18th Edition.
Impact of 18th Edition on QE Licence Holders
The criterion for a QE Licence is dependent on the holder being in possession of an accredited, up to date qualification covering the scope of BS7671.
The Board of SparkSafe recognises that a separate transitional period is necessary to allow current QE Licence holders to meet the requirement of being up to date with an 18th Edition qualification.
Following consultation with the Central Procurement Directorate, we wish to confirm that the requirement to achieve an 18th Edition qualification as a condition for retaining a QE Licence type will be extended to 30th June 2019.
QE Licence holders must ensure that the 18th Edition qualification is achieved and certified by the 30th June 2019. Failure to submit evidence by this date will result in the licence type being amended to a Restricted Electrical Worker Licence.