The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 were recently introduced in England and require that landlords carry out an inspection and testing of the electrical installation in their properties at least every 5 years. This must be carried out by an electrician deemed 'qualified and competent', which is defined as such in the guidance here (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities/guide-for-landlords-electrical-safety-standards-in-the-private-rented-sector):
"When commissioning an inspection, in order to establish if a person is qualified and competent landlords can:
- check if the inspector is a member of a competent person scheme; or
- require the inspector to sign a checklist certifying their competence, including their experience, whether they have adequate insurance and hold a qualification covering the current version of the Wiring Regulations and the periodic inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations."
The second bullet point seems to have been kept deliberately vague and has led to confusion among electricians as to who would qualify to conduct the inspection and testing and fill out an appropriate report.
If somebody believes they can fulfil the requirements of the second bullet point, i.e. they have demonstrable experience working as an electrician, have adequate insurance and hold qualifications from a recognised institution like City & Guilds covering the current version of the Wiring Regulations and the periodic inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations, would they legally be able to conduct these checks?
It seems to me that the answer, given the vagueness of these regulations, should be an obvious 'yes'. However, having asked around on some electrician forums, it's been pointed out that the important term is 'competence'. Is this really an important term, and if so, how would this be tested?