There are different types of electrical certificates that you must secure to protect yourself from the consequences of electrical hazards. Electrical installation certificates declare conformity from installing contractors, that new electrical work has been installed in compliance with current wiring regulations during the time of installation. This particular certification typically includes circuit charts which serve as concrete records of test results that have been performed prior to the project commissioning. An initial EIC must be issued by the installing contractor and it should include the required date for reinspection. Variants of the Electrical Installation Certificate include the domestic electrical installation certificate and minor works certificate. The first is a reduced electrical installation certificate that is tailored specifically for homes or dwellings, while a minor works certificate is required for installations that don’t require a brand-new circuit from the main distribution board.
Apart from domestic electrical installation certificate and minor works certificate, there are other types of EICs that qualified inspectors release, such as a periodic inspection report, which is very similar to an EIC, but is a certification or report on the current condition of existing installations after the period indicated in the installer’s EIC has passed. When an installation reaches the required age indicated in the previous EIC or PIR, a periodic inspection report must be accomplished following the inspection and testing of the system in question. A domestic electrical installation certificate version of PIR also exists in the form of Domestic Visual Condition Report. This, however, isn’t generally recognised as a certification as it isn’t thorough enough (a domestic visual condition report is a domestic PIR done without testing). To ensure compliance, always go for the required certifications for the type of property that you have and at the required frequency of testing as stated in your initial EIC.