FAQs: Electrical Worker

  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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  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.
  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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  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.
  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  HOW LONG IS MY LICENCE VALID FOR?
Your Licence will be valid for 3 years from the date of approval.
  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.
  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.
  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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  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.
  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).
  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.
  CAN I CANCEL MY LICENCE?
Refund requests will be processed by SparkSafe where 30 calendar days’ notice has been provided, from the submission date of application. 

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  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.
  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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  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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  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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