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What is NAPIT? A trade’s guide to electrician accreditation

NAPIT is an accredited membership scheme that covers installers in a range of categories. The scheme includes categories such as electrical, heating and microgeneration.

Being seen as trustworthy, reliable tradesperson can be a daunting experience. No one wants to be taken for a ride by a rogue trader. That is the reason why membership with Checkatrade and other trade associations is so important.

With the cost of poor installation work affecting reputation of all tradespeople, it is good to your trade business as both verified and accredited.

Sub-standard electrical work puts people’s property and even lives at risk. Completing NAPIT registration is not just ‘nice’ for your electrical business, it is essential.

What is NAPIT?

Formed in 1992, NAPIT stands for the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers. It is one of the leading Government approved membership scheme operators in the building services and fabric sector. It is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

There are currently more than 16,000 in NAPIT membership across the UK. The association covers categories including electrical, heating, plumbing, ventilation, microgeneration and building fabrics.

The association help train and inform tradespeople across a range of building services and the fabric sector. NAPIT membership means that installers will be able to self-certify their work and help maintain high standards of both safety and competence.

NAPIT registered electricians are certified under a Competent Person Scheme (CPS). Registered installers need to meet strict entry requirements. They are also regularly assessed to ensure their ongoing competence.

At Checkatrade, we want to help protect homeowners from rogue trades and put them in touch with trusted and skilled professionals. By becoming a NAPIT registered tradesperson, you can help build trust with your customers.

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What does NAPIT registration do?

Being a NAPIT member means that you can self-certify your work. NAPIT registration includes the Competent Person Scheme (CPS), which allows you or your employees to certify that work complies with building regulations in England and Wales.

If you are accepted onto the scheme, it can save you time and money needed to notify Building Control or additional fees related to installation. It also shows your trade business can operate in accordance with the relevant building regulations for electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

NAPT registered electricians can provide the necessary compliance certificates for property owners. Those documents are needed when people have to notify the relevant local authority about completed work. Certification is also needed when people come to sell their home.

Being a NAPIT approved electrician can therefore save you the time and expense involved in having an inspector. Being able to self-certify helps limit fees from your local authority that would come from having someone check the compliance of notifiable work.

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How do you become a NAPIT electrician?

In order to join the NAPIT membership, and the Competent Person Scheme, you will need to fill out the relevant application forms. You can download these from their website, and then submit via post or email.

NAPIT registered installers are:

  • Able to complete work safely and to legally required standards
  • Regularly assessed to ensure their ongoing competence
  • Capable of working to the very latest health and safety regulations
  • Able to provide people with the relevant certificates

Once you’ve sent through the application form, there will be a review from NAPIT and then there will be an assessment. This means gathering evidence and they may provide feedback on things you need to improve on.

After the application and assessment have been reviewed, your NAPIT membership documents will be sent through. This includes your membership number and certificate.

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How much does it cost to register with NAPIT?

NAPIT membership fees vary from tradesperson to tradesperson, as they are based on the number of schemes you have joined.

Example membership for the NAPIT Competent Person Scheme (CPS) begins with initial fees of £520+VAT, although renewal fees are less.

Becoming a NAPIT Associate Member is much less with membership cost at £80+VAT per year. This is designed for those trade businesses or associated industries who may still need expert support and guidance, but do not need to self-certify.

The cost of NAPIT registration for Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM) is much higher, demonstrating compliance with the standard PAS 2030. Initial fees are £890+VAT, reducing with renewal.

As there are so many different schemes, there are lots of different costs that you may (or may not) need to consider. Check through the different schemes before submitting an application or speak to the association directly. You will want to avoid paying for schemes that your trade business will not use.

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Is a NAPIT certificate the same as an EICR?

The NAPIT membership certificate is given to members in support of the Competent Person Scheme. Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) are given after an assessment by a qualified electrician or engineer.

In 2017, the association introduced the Electrical Installation Safety Record Summary (EISRS). This is a simple one-page document to accompany the completion of an EICR. These NAPIT certificates sit alongside EICR and help explain their findings to homeowners.

As there are different NAPIT certificates available to members, it is good to familiarise yourself with the different schemes. NAPIT electricians may regularly be asked to produce certificates for their work as standard.

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How can homeowners find NAPIT registered electricians?

Some of the key things homeowners look out for when hiring tradespeople skilled in electrical work:

  • Business registered with a Competent Person Scheme
  • Checking the credentials of anyone coming into the home to do work
  • Asking to see an ID badge or checking with their scheme provider
  • Get quotes from different companies
  • Agree exactly what will be carried out and at what price in contract form

If you have a NAPIT membership, people will be able to find you through a dedicated search facility and ticking the type of tradesperson they need. This will bring up a list of suitable installers, so it makes sense to widen your business reach, while showing that people can trust the quality of your work.

At Checkatrade, we ensure all of our members have the correct accreditations to carry out their field of work. All Checkatrade Electricians are registered to comply with Part P building regulations. Becoming a NAPIT approved electrician will guarantee that you pass this part of our vetting procedures.

All relevant trade accreditations can also be shown on your Checkatrade profile. That means people can check on both the NAPIT search and on Checkatrade to cross reference. Having a presence on both helps show that you are a trusted and verified business, operating to the highest standards and in line with regulations.

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