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BESCA and SELECT collaborate on electrical contractor competence scheme

The certification body BESCA, which is part of the wider BESA Group, has announced a collaboration with SELECT, the electrical contractors’ trade association in Scotland, to allow electrical contractors who are SELECT members to apply for membership of the BESCA Competent Person Scheme (CPS).

The two associations have signed a recognition deed to set out the terms in which SELECT members can apply for the BESCA CPS.

This means SELECT members carrying out controlled services work in England and Wales will be able self-certify that their works comply with the building regulations without the need to notify Building Control in advance, or incur costly local authority inspection fees

SELECT members will be subject to an exclusive application process involving an initial document and technical review by BESCA. Members will also benefit from:

Reduced BESCA scheme fees for SELECT members

Fast track membership due to technical requirements of the scheme being met by SELECT’s technical competence assessment of the member

BESCA’s director of certification Rachel Davidson said: 'We are delighted to finalise this collaboration. Both our organisations will reap the benefits of this great new partnership.

'More importantly, this benefits the industry as a whole. The Hackitt review called for greater proof of competence and compliance across the industry. Helping demonstrate the assessment and competence of SELECT members joining the CPS scheme goes a long way towards achieving this.'

Head of technical services at SELECT, Dave Forrester said: 'This is a very welcome development for SELECT members that means they can continue to work across the UK.'

'We look forward to continuing to work closely with BESCA to ensure the standard of domestic electrical installation work remains high.'

11 September 2019


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