Some in the industry have called for a SparkSafe plastic card, suggesting that this would provide a sense of value for money, and improve the perceived worth of the licence to the holder.
During the development process of the licence to practice concept, the view was taken that a control system that included a plastic card would confuse the client and undermine the online solution. The fact is that few employers or client organisations look for a plastic card to evidence electrical competency. The rationale behind the unique online solution was to design a system that would achieve the following-
Connect online, the identity of the electrical worker, by licence type to specific projects via their employer and subsequently via the main contractor to the client.
From February 2014, electrical sub contract work on certain projects will be awarded based partly upon the quality and standard of the contractor’s direct and indirect workforce. To achieve and maintain the appropriate level of scrutiny by plastic card is deemed to be unrealistic.
The online solution provides the client and the contracted parties including the worker with 24/7 access to a system that facilitates visibility, transferability, and simplicity. Furthermore, the SparkSafe system informs the client and imposes compliance upon the supply chain to employ licenced electrical installation workers.
Six reasons why there is no SparkSafe plastic card