Electrics|May 1, 2013 10:12 am

NICEIC Domestic Installers and Approved Contractors Explained

NICEICThe NICEIC is the most recognised body for the regulation of electricians and the safety of the work they carry out. All registered electricians will carry the NICEIC logo on their vans, but some of you might have noticed there are two different types – Domestic installer and Approved contractor.

This often causes confusion, so this blog will help you understand the difference between the Domestic Installer scheme and the Approved contractor scheme, both offered by the NICEIC.

Approved contractor scheme

The NICEIC approved contractor scheme is the industry standard and is what most electricians should have. It’s one of the most widely recognised accreditations and indicates that the contractor can handle everything from domestic to commercial and also sometimes industrial electrics.

It mainly indicates that the electrician will work to BS 7671 standards.

Domestic installer scheme

The NICEIC domestic installer scheme covers sign off on installation work within domestic properties only. This ensures that the electrics will comply with Part P regulations.

Electricians or firms with the Domestic installer scheme accreditation will be able to undertake installation, design, inspection and testing work within domestic dwellings.

All the work signed off with be in compliance with the Part P building regulations, which ensure electrical safety.


You’ll find that most electricians are approved contractors as this enables them to take on much more work. As a firm, PGS Electricians are domestic installers, however all the electricians we employ are registered as Approved contractors.

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