FAQs: Electrical Contractor

  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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  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.
  WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN SPARKSAFE LTP AND JIB CARD?
The JIB proposition is based upon an established plastic card system.
  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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  18TH EDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR 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. QE Licence holders must ensure that the 18th Edition qualification is achieved and certified by the 30th June 2019. Failure to submit evidence buy this date will result in the licence being amended to a Restricted Electrical Worker Licence.

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  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.
  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).
  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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  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.
  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.
  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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  HOW DO I PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE?
Electrical Contractors can pay the annual fee of £485 online or by requesting an invoice.
  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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  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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  WHO PAYS FOR AN ELECTRICAL WORKERS LICENCE?
It is the Electrical Workers responsibility to apply and pay for their own Licence to Practice.
  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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  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.
  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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  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.
  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.
  CAN I CANCEL MY SPARKSAFE LTP REGISTRATION?
If you wish to cancel your SparkSafe registration, please contact a member of the SparkSafe team.
  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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