heiowge wrote:Get a qualification. Sounds like you'd walk it.
It doesn't work like that. Fitters themselves are not "qualified" (ie they do not have a personal certificate) - they are simply recognised as competent by their employer (maybe themselves) who is in turn registered with the Local Authority. With gas, you cannot get such recognition as an amateur.
With electrical work it is similar except that an amateur can
do work as long as they go through a process similar to meeting building regulations. It is hard to know how much this is followed in practice since mains wiring components can still be freely purchased. They call this sort of thing "self certification" :-
it [is] certified by the person who carried it out as being in compliance with the Building Regulations
What could possibly go wrong with that I wonder?
I have always worked on my own cars, and imagined that one day a competence test might be introduced as a requirement for eg brake and steering work. But I had never worried about that as I thought I would be OK, like passing a driving test. In fact I could welcome it as we do not want cars with bodged brakes on the road. However, I do
now worry as it could be on similar lines to the gas fitter rules - a method attractive to the Authorities because it does not involve them doing anything (except file some paperwork and charge a fee). There has been talk for example of making an annual service (as an extension of the MoT test) compulsory. I have had some contact with the motor trade (I mean behind the scenes) and know what a bunch of crooks they are, and very often incompetent to boot, but politicians know best don't they?