Consultation on the Regulation of Electricians

Currently, anyone can call themselves an electrician, without the need for qualifications or competency.  This can lead to customers hiring unqualified or less competent individuals, which can result in fire or personal injury.

The consultation also discusses increasing consumer awareness and helping consumers (domestic and commercial) identify or verify competent and qualified electricians.  The consultation questions are:

  1. Are there any changes that could be achieved by voluntary means?
  2. If voluntary measures are pursued and implemented effectively, would this significantly reduce the need for statutory measures?
  3. Are there any legislative changes apart from protection of title or regulation of electrical work that would have a similar impact that the Scottish Government should explore?
  4. What measures would be essential to make protection of title or regulation of electrical work effective?
  5. Would both protection of title and regulation of electrical work be required or would only one be necessary?
  6. Where measures, for example relating to consumer protection, could not be put on a legal footing, would this weaken the effectiveness of introducing regulations?
  7. How should “electrician” or “electrical work” be defined in any regulations in order to prevent unnecessary restrictions on workers, reflect the current wide variety of activities and take into account possible future development due to advances in technology?
  8. How would administration and enforcement of regulations be financed?
  9. Would introducing new statutory measures help in the enforcing of existing consumer protection and health & safety legislation? If so, would that be a sufficient justification in itself for legislation?
  10. How should any new statutory measures interact with existing regulations?
  11. If regulation is introduced, what should the industry do to support those who will need to upskill to meet the new requirements?
  12. What actions will be most effective in raising standards and increasing consumer protection?
  13. Are there any actions not listed that are necessary to increase consumer awareness?
  14. How can any new actions be used to build on and supplement the existing system?

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence

For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.

Please respond no later than 9am 1st February 2021 to Andrew Rylah with "Consultation on the Regulation of Electricians" in the subject line.