Applying for your ECS managers card? We’ve broken down the steps below to make the process as simple as possible. Jump straight to the steps.
Overview of the ECS
The ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) is the only ID and competence card scheme for electrical operatives in the UK, recognised and endorsed across the industry. A lot of electrical roles will want you to hold a card relevant to your role before you start work.
ECS is a partner of CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme), there’s also a link between the ECS and the JIB (Joint Industry Board). The JIB administer the ECS scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, historically only people working for JIB could get an ECS card, because of that it was often referred to as the JIB card and still is today.
Since 2002 the scheme has been available to all people working in the industry.
Types of Card
There’s an ECS card for almost any level in the industry, from Apprentices to Managers. There are cards for all types of occupation, some of the more common cards though are:
- ECS Labourers Card (green) [link to labourers card blog
- ECS Installation Electrician Card (gold)
- ECS Managers Card (black)
What card do you need
So what card do you need? Typically you’ll know you need an ECS Managers Card because of your occupation, the following occupations are available:
- Electrical Site Manager
- Electrical Contract Manager
- Site Manager
- Project Manager
- Contract Manager
If you aren’t sure if you need the card, speak to your employer or the principal contractor.
Managers card changes October 2018
Since October 2018 there have been new requirements to apply for the ECS Managers Card, if you already have the card, don’t worry, you won’t have to meet the new requirements until your card’s expiry date.
Steps to the manager’s card
You need to either:
- Have an ECS Gold Card
- Meet the requirements for one
- Hold a Level 4 management qualification such as BTEC, Degree or JIB recognised qualification.
Plus, you’ll need to have successfully completed a health and safety qualification:
If you’ve completed your health and safety qualification in the last 3 years you can apply for your card.
If your health and safety qualification is older than 3 years, you’ll need to take the ECS HS&E assessment before applying.
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Requirements for ECS Gold Card
The Gold Installation Electrician ECS Gold Card is for skilled individuals able to work unsupervised on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of low voltage electrical devices and appliances.
To qualify for the card you must:
- Have a JIB recognised UK competency-based qualification (electrotechnical Level 3 NVQ or a formal UK electrotechnical apprenticeship)
- And, a formal BS7671 qualification in the current edition of the wiring regulations currently in force
If you do not have a level 3 qualification, you can go through the JIB Mature Candidate Assessment. You’ll be assessed on your existing skills and experience by an independent assessor.
Find out more on the ECS website.