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Guys, i like to have a broad knowledge base and range of work, as i get bored doing the same things day in day out.
From working on F1 hospitality units, to kitting out warehouses, to a little bit of domestic (however i generally hate domestic Re-wires, so rarely do these).

I have been thinking of going into car charging point installations now, as i can see this being good business in the next 5-10 years and a good sector to be in early. Especially with the grants available.

Having done a bit of research, in order to be able to obtain the grants i would need to be OLEV registered, which has the following criteria:

1 - proof of membership of the Electrician Associations (e.g. NICEIC/ECA/Select) - your details will need to be visible on the relevant website

2 - proof of your public liability insurance - not employers’ liability insurance

3 - proof your company's installers have been trained to install electric vehicle chargepoints; names of installers, their qualifications and renewal dates

4 - proof you are approved by the chargepoint manufacturer/s to install their products

5 - ensure all evidence provided is up to date and lists your current address - if there is any difference between your evidence and your application, please provide an explanation


1 - check
2 - check
3 - This i assume i need to do a course on?

I see the Niceic do a 1 day course themselves for a fairly reasonable cost!
So i assume this would cover this criteria?

4 - I have completed Schneider's online "course" and passed their little exam with Certificate to install their products, so this criteria should be covered?

5 - Check.


So looks like other than a 1 day course, i would be sorted?

Anyone done this, any advice, and was it worth it?

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Paignton pete

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The one day course with niceic does not cover this. I found it interesting , but it is not the qualification you need.
What the one day course taught me is there is no way I am going down that route.

The quote process, risk assessments, notifications to DNO, and grant paperwork is not worth the effort.

The specialist test machine for car chargers costs £500.00. There is no attachment to any current multi function tester.

The cost of the actual course, the work days lost, the coast of test equipment. All this and no guarantee you will get any work through Olev as most car garages are using big companies devoted to car charging.

I think it's only cost effective if your whole business is dedicated to this field.

Last but not least the potential danger from chargers if you don't follow the correct procedures at install are great. Liability!

I'd be interested in anyone else's opinion who has gone down this route who thinks it is worth it.
 

Paignton pete

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I would also add I did the course because a customer wanted me to fit one for him. After the course I told him I was unable to do this as I wasn't willing to purchase the £500 machine for the testing. He contacted another electrician who did the install.
I saw what was done and it didn't meet the ev code of practice at all.
I would warn anyone wanting to fit one to get the ev code of practice and read it.
 

Gavin John Hyde

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I am olev approved for both home charger installs and workplace installs.
If you can confidently install a Cu in a shed and install a rod then installing a ev point is no more difficult, if anything its easier as it will typically be close to a building or be on the house wall. the NICEIC 1 day course explains some of the paper work but the City & Guilds course covers practical elements, again though it cant cover every make but usually focus's on rolec products. you do not have to do the city and guilds course but the NICEIC 1 day job ticks a box for OLEV.
to get the manufacturers approval to install there chargers under the OLEV scheme then you need to go on the various training days.
EV box are by far superior to Rolec but are more expensive, the budget option is Rolec (the stuff is rebadged chint!!)
the tester you are on about is not £500. the rolec chargecheck plugs in and checks the communication link for cables and on this you can plug your mft in to do other checks as needed. i paid £389 for my rolec test box from Rexel, open an account and they will often give you discount on your first order.
If you want the contact info for various manufacturers then let message me and i will send them across.
If the person has use of a electric car or owns one, then they can get £500 towards the install, the customer pays say 299 and you claim 500 back from olev.
with the workplace scheme a company can claim for upto 20 points and get £300 voucher for each, upto £6k in all. however workplace points are often much more expensive.
I have installed several points under OLEV and the paperwork is no more complex than a EIC when changing a CU and is of course notifiable under the Part P. you send a notification to the people at UK power networks (DNO), fill the forms in for OLEV and it is a lot easier than you might think.
 

Pete999

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I am olev approved for both home charger installs and workplace installs.
If you can confidently install a Cu in a shed and install a rod then installing a ev point is no more difficult, if anything its easier as it will typically be close to a building or be on the house wall. the NICEIC 1 day course explains some of the paper work but the City & Guilds course covers practical elements, again though it cant cover every make but usually focus's on rolec products. you do not have to do the city and guilds course but the NICEIC 1 day job ticks a box for OLEV.
to get the manufacturers approval to install there chargers under the OLEV scheme then you need to go on the various training days.
EV box are by far superior to Rolec but are more expensive, the budget option is Rolec (the stuff is rebadged chint!!)
the tester you are on about is not £500. the rolec chargecheck plugs in and checks the communication link for cables and on this you can plug your mft in to do other checks as needed. i paid £389 for my rolec test box from Rexel, open an account and they will often give you discount on your first order.
If you want the contact info for various manufacturers then let message me and i will send them across.
If the person has use of a electric car or owns one, then they can get £500 towards the install, the customer pays say 299 and you claim 500 back from olev.
with the workplace scheme a company can claim for upto 20 points and get £300 voucher for each, upto £6k in all. however workplace points are often much more expensive.
I have installed several points under OLEV and the paperwork is no more complex than a EIC when changing a CU and is of course notifiable under the Part P. you send a notification to the people at UK power networks (DNO), fill the forms in for OLEV and it is a lot easier than you might think.
Another money making scam by The NICEIC by the sound of it, oh how I wish I had shares in NICEIC
 

the pict

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I am olev approved for both home charger installs and workplace installs.
If you can confidently install a Cu in a shed and install a rod then installing a ev point is no more difficult, if anything its easier as it will typically be close to a building or be on the house wall. the NICEIC 1 day course explains some of the paper work but the City & Guilds course covers practical elements, again though it cant cover every make but usually focus's on rolec products. you do not have to do the city and guilds course but the NICEIC 1 day job ticks a box for OLEV.
to get the manufacturers approval to install there chargers under the OLEV scheme then you need to go on the various training days.
EV box are by far superior to Rolec but are more expensive, the budget option is Rolec (the stuff is rebadged chint!!)
the tester you are on about is not £500. the rolec chargecheck plugs in and checks the communication link for cables and on this you can plug your mft in to do other checks as needed. i paid £389 for my rolec test box from Rexel, open an account and they will often give you discount on your first order.
If you want the contact info for various manufacturers then let message me and i will send them across.
If the person has use of a electric car or owns one, then they can get £500 towards the install, the customer pays say 299 and you claim 500 back from olev.
with the workplace scheme a company can claim for upto 20 points and get £300 voucher for each, upto £6k in all. however workplace points are often much more expensive.
I have installed several points under OLEV and the paperwork is no more complex than a EIC when changing a CU and is of course notifiable under the Part P. you send a notification to the people at UK power networks (DNO), fill the forms in for OLEV and it is a lot easier than you might think.
I done the course with the NICEIC it would be great to have the manufacturers contacts etc
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