Questions raised by an AECI delegation and response from RECI at a meeting held on 18-12-12
Q What is RECI’s position, on policing the 220 volt element of works being carried out on Access Control, CCTV Systems, and Security Systems that are now being controlled by PSA?What is RECI’s opinion of works that has always been the remit of RECI Registered Contractors now being carried out by PSA Registered Installers who have not completed a proper apprenticeship? PSA do not have a proper inspection system in place to police the technical element of the works and it appears that they have no plan in place for such inspections.
A.Unless these works are being carried out by an rec RECI have no remit in terms of policing, however they have have raised their concerns with both the PSA and CER.
Q. What will be the position where a RECI Certificate has been issued by a RECI Registered Contractor with retrospective additional works being carried out by a PSA Installer? This work will not be certified but responsibility may fall back on the certifying contractor in the event of a fire or forbid a fatality.
A. The electrical contractor must clearly define his scope of works on their certificate
Q.Registered Electrical Contractors have been trained in all of the disciplines involved in what has now become the remit of the PSA, why then has RECI allowed these works go to another organisation, when RECI could benefit financially from certification of these works if the proper channels were followed and enforced?
Q.Why have RECI allowed Bam, Coffey etc to be registered with RECI?
A. Due to CER cireteria they can not refuse a company that meets that registarion requirments.
Q. The obligation on Electrical Contractors to handover a RECI Certificate despite knowing that they may not get paid sums of money due to them.
A. They have no choice and again this comes down to CER ruling and regulation
Q. In the event of an Electrical Contractor withholding a RECI Cert is it the procedure that RECI will bypass this Contractor and supplies a RECI Cert? If so should this be?
A. Under CER rules ,.Reci have no choice but to cert the job after the payment of €350.00
Q. Bess Training Scheme, please confirm what the current situation is regarding the alternative scaled down training course.
A. Reci are in the process of not giving these courses in the near future
Q.Verification / Certification Courses (Older Electrical Contractors are finding proof of qualifications and apprenticeship extremely difficult)
A. RECI are working with these contractors with a view of getting them QC numbers