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  1. jonthesparks
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    jonthesparks Active EF Member

    Location:
    bristol
    I'm looking to take the next step , to register with a self certification body , but not sure who is the best ? any recommendations ? :dizzy2:
     
  2. highspark
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    highspark Electrician's Arms

    They're all rubbish and they all let in unqualified, inexperienced people. I kid you not its all a big scam. Just because you are part of a competent persons scheme doesn't mean anything. We register because we have to!
     
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  3. Flyingsparks
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    Flyingsparks Regular EF Member

    Location:
    Derbyshire
    I think that they are all as bad as each other and just trying to make as much money as possible !

    I have been an NICEIC approved contractor for over 25 years and they were OK in the early days, but now just keep trying to sell you insurance, training, tools etc
     
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  4. jonthesparks
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    jonthesparks Active EF Member

    Location:
    bristol
    Well then i'll just take the cheapest option . personally i think niceic have advertised themselves as the "be all and end all" of domestic electrical which is unfortunately BS , I have a 2391 cert and tbh thought it was my ticket to prove that I am competent enough to put my signature on a cert , but since i've been doing the odd pj for mates building firms and they have been getting hassle for using a spark who is not affiliated when getting labc to sign off the job , i dont want to risk losing their business so i'm forced to either not bother or pay up .seems like the gas guys have it sorted
     
  5. MarkieSparkie
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    MarkieSparkie Guest

    At one time or another I have had dealings with all the current registration bodies with the exception of Corgi and Stroma. The only one I would recommend is ECA/ELECSA as they are the only ones in my experience who are genuinely interested in the success of their members businesses. The helpline staff and assessors I have had contact with are all time-served sparks, not only do they know the regs but also the practical day-day stuff.
     
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  6. gavin26
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    gavin26 Guest

    Personally I see Elecsa as the weaker of the 3. I'm with NICEIC. They don't offer much assistance to be realy honest
     
  7. Dave 85
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    Dave 85 Guest

    I use elecsa and have no probs, I find they are more interested in helping you be a good sparky than trying to prove you're not. The two Elecsa guys I've met were both really sound.
     
  8. nickblake
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    nickblake Trusted Advisor

    Im with elecsa , true proffesional out fit with back up which is next to non and when i reached the final in screwfix britains to trades man and the electrical industry awards final there support was fantastic and be honest when your supported by a trade body like i was that have experianced and working sparks then thats the body i will stay with so its Elecsa / ECA for me
     
  9. stuartr
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    stuartr Active EF Member

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Every one of them is a scam,cant see what they do for their money tbh,especially when they charge for notifiction on top,£200 for annual assesment ,where does the other £200odd quid go. 'jobs for the boys'
     
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  10. tonycoysh
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    I use Elecsa, I mostly went with them after reading NICEIC, Napit & Elecsa's websites etc and Elecsa seemed to be aimed a bit more in the 'one man band' (my opinion only) and cheaper at the time. I'm not sure that I'll bother renewing this year as the amount of notifiable work I actually do may as well be done through the LABC but I have until september to make my mind up.
     
  11. ezzzekiel
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    ezzzekiel Guest

    dont bother with any anymore hand certs direct to labc, and would happily go to court and ask how comes i was competant for the five years i was a member but all of a sudden im not as i refuse to keep handing over cash to corrupt organisations who have no interest in the industry.
     
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  12. tonycoysh
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    tonycoysh Guest

    I take it that this is something you agree/arrange with your LABC as I mentioned in my previous post, I am thinking of doing the same
     
  13. nickblake
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    nickblake Trusted Advisor

    Technical support is worth £200.00 a year ill tell you , and you have the backing of them belive you me if something goes wrong then they are with you
     
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  14. stuartr
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    stuartr Active EF Member

    Location:
    Lancashire
    I think we all should!!
     
  15. rich.250
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    rich.250 Electrician's Arms

    Location:
    Cornwall
    Business Name:
    Rich Williams Electrical
    I'm with Elecsa, seem fairly
    Useful and not to dear.....
    Only problem is people don't understand that if your not nic
    You can still do the job.
    Had lots of people say no cos your not nic!!


    Can someone explain to me if eca and nic approved contractor are similar and cover for commercial and industrial??
    If so I will join eca aswell as Elecsa for domestic
    Thanks
     
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