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I will be looking at joining a domestic installer scheme early next year.

I know theres a number of bodies to join and other contractors i speak to and some other sparks say NIC is what i should go for as alot of landlords and letting agents aswell as local councils will now only accept NIC certs.
Alot of maintenece firms will also now only accept NIC.

Also when you speak to laymen they have only ever heard of NIC.

So although the likes of NAPIT and ELECSA could offer you good value for money are they really worth joining?? if you will only get knocked back and loose jobs??
 
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welsh spark

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I used to be with nic then i moved to elecsa the best thing i ever done a far easier and friendlier sheme to be with. Elecsa have grown over the last year and are getting bigger and more popilar a lot of the councils around here have changed to elecsa as well as the likes of british gas it speaks for it self elecsa is definetly the way forward in my opinion and its now part of the eca you wont go wrong with them
 
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12345aob

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:) Elecsa are the way forward.
 
I used to be with nic then i moved to elecsa the best thing i ever done a far easier and friendlier sheme to be with. Elecsa have grown over the last year and are getting bigger and more popilar a lot of the councils around here have changed to elecsa as well as the likes of british gas it speaks for it self elecsa is definetly the way forward in my opinion and its now part of the eca you wont go wrong with them


British Gas carry out much of the poorest work that I see on a day to day basis. The fact that they have gone the ELECSA route is totally meaningless with regard to standards and credibility.
 
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welsh spark

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just my opinion ive never seen british gas'es electrical work so i cant comment elecsa is in no way easy to join and comply with than any other sheme out there.
 
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cctbreaker

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I'm with ELECSA and have no complaints. Mate of mine was with NIC and wasn't too happy so moved to NAPIT.
 
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wattsup

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Just pay the ransom to the cheapest! I know loads of cowboys whom could not tell the difference between 2.5 or 6.0, but, hey they are part of the 'scheme'..and thus good and trusted sparks! Just pay the protection money to the cheapest.
 
The saddest part is that good sparks are being let down by their schemes` refusal to boot out known cowboys from within their own membership.:mad:
 
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JulesHurley

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I was a member of ELECSA when it first started, and to be honest it was a complete waste of time, and money.

Since then ELECSA has been bought by ECA - Eectrical Contractors Association, and from what I have heard the ECA is starting to improve the image.

Saying that I will be getting my Part P with NIC, they just seemed the most helpful when applying
 
I was a member of ELECSA when it first started, and to be honest it was a complete waste of time, and money.

Since then ELECSA has been bought by ECA - Eectrical Contractors Association, and from what I have heard the ECA is starting to improve the image.

Saying that I will be getting my Part P with NIC, they just seemed the most helpful when applying
That`s all the schemes care about - image, not substance.:mad:
 
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Just take a moment to ask yourself what YOU are getting from joining one of these schemes......judging from a lot of posts on here, the benefits seem to be all one way.....I could be wrong, but how many of you chaps has got anything GOOD to say about any of them?

My own personal opinion is that they are expensive,restrictive, and once you've couged up your dosh; not as helpful as they perhaps could be....
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The problem is that Scheme operators are essentially "enforcers" for DC&LG - little (if any) thought has so far been given to the sparks! I get the distinct impression that the powers that be have a vested interest in sparks NOT having a "voice" within the industry. Until we do, we will continue to get s**t on by any tin-pot pen-pusher that feels they deserve an ego-boost.:mad:
 
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I was with NIC in my first year, hard to get hold off when you need too.
Now with Elecsa, the assessment was harder than NIC one, they are very helpful and been very good so far, havn't lost any jobs because i am a member of them and not NIC.
 

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