FAQs: Main 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.
  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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  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).
  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.
  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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  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.
  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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  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.
  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.
  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.
  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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  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.
  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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  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.