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ECS Gold Card Article

ECS Gold Card Article

An accreditation from the Joint Industry Board (JIB) is one of the most highly regarded and recognised certifications a UK-based electrical engineer can receive, signalling a high level of competence and skill to industry professionals.

Their Electrotechnical Certification (ECS) Scheme is a must-have for electrical professionals, including electricians and electrical engineers – read on to find out what this is and how it can benefit you.

The Background

The JIB lays down the standards for the electrical industry, which include certification requirements, apprenticeship processes, and employment standards. The JIB is an organisation integral to promoting and maintaining confidence, security, and stability among electrical workers and the general public. By becoming accredited with them, you will set yourself apart from the crowd.

The Electrotechnical Certification, or ECS, scheme, is administered by the JIB, to be used by electrical technicians in the UK. Also known as a ‘Gold Card,’ the ECS Card is used as a form of ID and a measure of competency for certified electricians.

The Gold Card also proves:

  • Your qualification status
  • Electrotechnical occupations
  • Your experience and relevant employer endorsements
  • Your identity
  • Your health, safety, and environmental awareness
  • Your adherence to industry CPD requirements and Codes of Professional Practice
  • Any additional disciplines in which you are skilled to work

ECS Cardholders are legally certified to work without supervision on the commission, installation, and maintenance of household electrical wiring and other low-voltage devices and appliances.

How to Become Accredited

To become JIB approved with the ECS scheme, your first step will be to achieve a JIB recognised Level 3 Diploma in a recognised competency-based qualification, which will form the basis of your JIB approval and develop your critical skills. Additionally, from the 1st of September 2011, new entrants to the electrical industry will have to complete the technical theory, practical and competency assessments of the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical systems and equipment.

You will also need to have at least two years of experience operating as a professional electrician. From this, you will have gained a strong knowledge of wiring and consumer safety regulations and industry knowledge and news. This will enable you to make practical and well-informed decisions whilst working.

If your qualifications are more than three years old, you will need to gain a formal BS7671 qualification and a current recognised health and safety qualification to ensure you’re able to complete works in a manner that’s safe for you, others, and the local environment.  

Once you have accomplished these requirements, you will be able to apply for your ECS Installation Card!

The Benefits

Electrical professionals, from trainee electricians to qualified managers, are required to hold a valid ECS card that proves their competence to industry standards – in fact, you will not be able to conduct electrical works on site without one. Also, once you have attained yours your options will vastly increase, and you can embark on higher-level courses, such as the recently released 2921-31 Commercial EV charging course.

Due to the current EV course lacking in certain areas, City & Guilds has recently overhauled the current qualification and introduced the 2921-31 – Design & Installation of Domestic & Small Commercial Electric Vehicle Charging Installations qualification.

With the launch of this course, it will become a requirement for engineers to hold a Gold Card to prove their electrical knowledge, and any electrician who holds an ECS Installation card will automatically be able to embark on the new and improved EV 2921-31 charge point installation course from September 2022.

One of the fastest growing industries on the planet is the Electric Vehicle industry, and, with the UK legally obligated to reach net zero by 2050, is an industry that will continue to grow for decades to come as a major component of the decarbonisation movement. Investing in your future now with an EV charge point qualification will have you reaping the rewards in the years to come.

No matter how you choose to use your ECS Card, the opportunities available to you are endless with this added measure of competence and skill.

Get in touch with a member of the team today to see how we can help you upgrade your qualification portfolio, which you can do by clicking here.