The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has announced its acquisition of ELECSA Limited, which operates a full and a defined scope Part P competent persons scheme authorised by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The DCLG is confident that the change in ownership of ELECSA will not affect the high standards the Department expects of competent person scheme operators.
Previously owned by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), the sale came as part of a decision to streamline the GGF business, whereby the electrical sector is no longer a fit with its plans for the future.
Director of the ECA, David Pollock says: “We saw this purchase as an opportunity to ensure that healthy competition was maintained between the five authorised Part P schemes while equally ensuring that standards were upheld. As a champion of best practice, the ECA is well placed to support ELECSA contractors with the requirements of Part P.”
Chief Executive of ELECSA, Graham Hinett says: “This is very positive news for ELECSA members. The ECA is the industry’s premier trade association and ELECSA is a young company that has gone from strength to strength. With ECA support and backing, we believe ELECSA will continue to thrive. ”
The ECA is keen to emphasise that the ELECSA scheme will run entirely independently from the BRE Certification Limited Part P scheme, which the ECA will continue to assist.
Contractors on the ELECSA scheme will not receive ECA membership as a result of this acquisition, but membership is open to ELECSA members and is subject to the same qualification criteria and terms and conditions as all other contractors. Members on the BREC scheme will continue to receive full assistance from the ECA.