A day in the life of a Stroma Certification CPS member
Since going on my own 12 months ago I continued to use Local Authority Building Control (LABC) to sign off my Part P electrical work. However, at Â£148 per inspection, it was starting to become uneconomical when quoting work at competitive prices.
So, I searched the web and made a few phone calls, looking for cheaper alternatives. The option which appealed to me the most was Stroma Certificationâ€™s Competent Person Scheme (CPS).
I filled in the online application and sent in my qualifications to Stroma. Once they had received my documents, and were happy with them, we began discussing the single site assessment which must be carried out as part of the CPS application. I had lots of questions prior to my site inspection and was provided with great support and reassurance throughout.
When my inspection day arrived, I carried out a consumer unit change and two new circuits. After a couple of hours going through my paperwork and some Q&A to assess my knowledge, we looked at the installation with some further testing. At the end of my inspection, my assessor said that he would recommend that I am accepted for Stromaâ€™s CPS membership.
A few months on and my order book is full for the upcoming 8 weeks and I receive requests for quotes and work on a regular basis.
My typical day starts at the wholesalers and then onto the job. I often work on houses undergoing a full refurbishment, Â adding USB sockets in the bedrooms and down lighters in all ground floor ceilings which have been plastered a couple of days prior.
In a nutshell, I found the experience of becoming Part P registered with Stroma Certification easier than I anticipated. With good support from an assessor who could appreciate the test day nerves and stress of the person under inspection, I felt totally at ease. The assessor explained things clearly or offered alternatives to achieve the same results.