Let us state right at the start: Domestic Installer (or as some websites call it, domestic electrical installer) is not a qualified electrician. But, a Domestic Installer is allowed to do electrical installation work under some strict circumstances:
- You have to be a member of a competent persons scheme
- You can only work on domestic properties
Competent Persons Scheme
Competent person schemes are registers of people who have demonstrated they have the skills, experience and appropriate insurance to be able to offer limited electrical installation work.
To become a competent person an assessor will inspect at least two electrical installations which you have undertaken, they will also examine your recording keeping, processes and insurance cover. If you pass, then you are eligible to pay (and join) the competent persons scheme. Schemes are run by certified trade organisations such as NICEIC and NAPIT and will cost about £450 a year for membership.
Work you can do
Domestic installers can do electrical work associated with dwellings, intended to operate at low or extra low voltage and in accordance with Part P of the Building Regulations in England and Wales.
There are no qualification requirements to become a Domestic Installer, but it is highly recommended you achieve the following qualifications:
Have you been working as a Domestic Installer for more than 5 years?
If you have been working both supervised and unsupervised, you may now have the experience to become a fully qualified electrician. Complete the Experienced Worker Assessment form on the Electacourse website.